Lighting head scratcher?


New member
OK, so Im in the process of setting up a 54 gallon reef tank. I have almost everything I need to get started but I need help on how to set up my lighting system...

I want to do a 24 hour system with dawn and dusk plus the main 6 or 8 hours of intense daylight. My tank, however, makes this difficult because of the shape.

I have a 54 gallon Aqueon Corner tank
39 wide
23 tall
28 deep

Its the tank that looks like a 1/4 circle

How do I light this? I originally wanted to do a MH pendant but I know those put off a lot of heat and I dont want the room to heat up. Plus, with a MH pendant, attaching actinics or anything else for morning and evening would be pretty difficult.

Is there another solution?


In Memoriam
Metal Halide would be best choice. And as far as attaching actinics, you can always used some 24" T-5's.

-Mike C.


New member
I'd have to agree with ZURCSREF the best solution would be m.h. with t-5's. I'd look into some of the higher end reflectors for you m.h. so you can reach as much of the corners as you can.