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Reefer Rob
11-23-2010, 04:32 AM
I've decided to put together a nano tank with an 18x18x24 cube tank that I have.

Any ideas on what to light it with? Are 18" T5 fixtures available?

I plan to keep Ricordias, zoas etc and perhaps LPS

Thanks, Rob

toytech
11-23-2010, 06:09 AM
pretty sure oceans aquatic in delta has a 18 inch t5 fixture , i think its a current usa nova extreme .

ShwaFish
11-23-2010, 07:11 AM
There are also readily available LED fixtures at 18" like this one :

http://www.jlaquatics.com/product/ld-mldb1824/Marineland+Double+Bright+LED+Light+Fixture+%2818-24+Inch%29.html

Considering a new nano with these lights

lorenz0
11-23-2010, 07:22 AM
Those marineland leds are for FOWLR tanks only

Have you considered a JBJ Viper K2 150watt? Love mine on my nano and after upgrading the bulb its a decent buy for the price

Borderjumper
11-23-2010, 07:24 AM
I have a 150w pendant over mine. I have ric's, zoas and some easy sps like digita. I've also used a 70w sun pod which worked just fine, I just wanted a little more light.

LeeR
11-23-2010, 01:27 PM
id go mh for a 24" tall tank

BlueTang<3
11-23-2010, 02:08 PM
Have you considered LEDS. Aqua illumination would look crazy on that.

Reefer Rob
11-23-2010, 02:47 PM
Did I mention this is low budget? I was going to use the PC fixture I have, but it seems to have quit working from it's time spent in the garage.

I'm leaning toward a 150w pendant since looks like there's good bulb availability. 18" T5 bulbs seem hard to come by.

gobytron
11-23-2010, 02:59 PM
I have a 70W sunpod available for sale.
2 of them actually.

Reefer Rob
11-23-2010, 06:40 PM
OK, I've ordered the JBJ 150w halide from Ocean Aquatics. Now all I need is a Remora skimmer and I'm good to go.

sphelps
11-23-2010, 06:56 PM
Too late but for that kind of budget I would have gone with something like this:
http://www.rapidled.com/servlet/the-23/24-Premium-LED-Do-dsh-It-dsh-Yourself/Detail
A little more work but probably better in the long run.