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ScooterV

Lighting And Aquascaping Height Help

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ScooterV   

My previous tank was a 200g mixed-reef.  I always had some SPS in it but not many and also maintained plenty of space between pretty much everything so it was also never heavily stocked.  THIS time I intend to go SPS dominant, even avoiding softies like pests if I can manage.  (Wife may insist on some mushrooms and ruin that plan).  So, in preperation for all the Black Friday sales I'm just trying to get an idea of the amount and type of dry rock to go ahead and get right away while sales are on.

 

So, here's the "start" of a plan.  I intend to use PVC frames and drill rock to build multiple towers, using shelf or at least somewhat flat rock, alternating them in different directions and now and then overlapping to create a lot of ledges, overhangs, and caves.  I'll probably also play it by ear once working on it and decide what looks like too much in the 7 foot tank when I get there.  I'll fill in some in front and between them with larger rock to blend them and leave a lot of swimming space.  But, then my confusion....  How high would be reasonable for the top of any rock work, not looking too bare yet allowing for coral growth?  Halfway up?  Tank will be 25" tall.  Total dimensions are 80x30x25 and I have 4 Radion XR30 G3 Pros for lighting with choice of TIR or wide angle on any of them and planning 8-9" above water level and pray for no serious shadowing.  New to LED too :(

 

Long way to ask where to cap height of rockwork, lol.  Thanks for reading though!!! 

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TrentN   

There is no right answer. There are quite a few low light sps.

As for the type of rock, again no right answer.

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The beauty of a long tank 30 inches deep if can play around with it and have low and high points in the rock structure. NEVER had radios but I'm sure u will have to play around with placement in order to have good coverage. TEXT me at my new number 850 890 2066 and I'll send a pic of the rock I just put in my 90.

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ScooterV   

There is no right answer. There are quite a few low light sps.

As for the type of rock, again no right answer.

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Hmmm, yeah.  I think my main concern is running out of vertical and fragging at the water surface, lol.  I guess that would be a happy thing in many ways though.

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TrentN   

Just wait and come to the meeting Sunday at Petland. There is someone you need to meet. This guy will tell you a few things you didn't know you wanted to know about lighting.

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