35 gallon hexagon tank

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  1. fishgirlheather

    fishgirlheather Astrea Snail

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    I have a 35 gallon hexagon tank, how can I get more light to my tank? Right now I only have a small 15 watt bulb on it.
     
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  3. Jason McKenzie

    Jason McKenzie Super Moderator Staff Member

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    I think I'll leave this to the Hex Master Matt. But this is a bump

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  4. Matt Rogers

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    Hex Master Matt?
    Wow I had no idea.
    ;D

    @Heather how wide is your tank, how long of light bulb can we put across it?

    Also, do you have a limited budget? How much can you spend on a light?

    What kind of corals do you want to keep?

    That info would help us out a lot.

    I bought a used 20g(?) hex tank last year and started with power-compact lighting and now I am using a metal halide lamp that I used to have on another tank.

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  5. fishgirlheather

    fishgirlheather Astrea Snail

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    My current bulb is 18'' long. I have a slightly limited budget but I want to keep my tank as healthy as possible. I do not know yhat types of coral I would like to keep, something that is not going to die easily. What kinds of coral do you suggest?
     
  6. Matt Rogers

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    Ok. Let me know the diameter of the top of your tank and the width of one of the side panes - that way I will know how big of a light fixture we can put on it. Who makes the tank? I can probably look up the dimensions knowing that.

    As for corals, probably want to start out with the usual - leathers, xenias, star polyps, shrooms, that sort of thing, but ultimately it will be determined by your light and filtration.
     
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    Heather are the dimensions 23x20x24?
     
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  9. Craig Manoukian

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    Tons of choices for mushrooms, polyps, leathers, xenia, etc. as Matt said for low light corals. I have all those in my 20 gallon tank with 110 watts of 10,000k PC lighting. Everything is very happy!
     
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    fishgirlheather Astrea Snail

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    Is it possible to have a metal halide bulb without an expensive fixture, is it possible to make my own? I have to run a heater almost 24/7, would metal halides make it too hot even without an heater? I will check those measurements as soon as I can.
     
  11. Matt Rogers

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    You know I was thinking a halide setup would be best on your hex too. Mainly because of the short width of the tank and the fact that they are usually very deep tanks.

    I have a 150w on mine, but that is mainly because I already had it. If I didn't I probably would have a 75w halide.

    On yours I think a 150w or 175w would be excellent.

    Here is a link to a 150 watt PFO brand retro fit.

    (I would replace the bulb it comes with with a 10k bulb)

    You may be able to find a 175w halide pendant for cheaper.

    The trick you will have is how to suspend the light or make a hood tall enough for the halide lamp.

    Halides should be 8-10 inches off the water surface.

    It will heat your tank regardless and fans may be required to keep it cool.

    Since I have a 150w on a tank with only around 15 gallons of water volume, I had to buy a little chiller to keep it cool. In your case, I bet fans would be enough.

    $200 is $200, but halides are the best lights and you will be able to keep anything.

    matt
     
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    Matt Rogers Kingfish Staff Member

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    I just looked at that site and they have 175w setups for cheaper than the link I posted.


    EDIT:

    This one is interesting too and all you have to do is hang it:

    20" Won PSL 150 Metal Halide HQI