Metal halide reflector for 30 inch tank


New member
I have a 150 tall and after researching led vs halide I decided to go halide. My question is which reflectors will get the most bang for the buck? I want a SPS dominated tank with some lps and a zoa or two. Thank you.


New member
They do seem hard to find although there seem to be a lot of people who still prefer halides. I hope enough go back to halides so they start making bulbs in greater quantities. Then again considering we can't even keep food on the shelves who knows. That said I wish corals did better under LEDs but even now halides seem better for coral health and considering that my reef will be SPS dominant with a maxima or two and maybe even a magnifica anemone I want the best lighting possible over this reef. It also helps that halides just look better.


Plumbing Engineer
I put a single 400 on a 36"x24" tank by cutting a luminarc in half and extending it using mirrored AL sheet. Made the reflector about 30x20 if i remember right. Worked great and I had no shadows.

I made my own reflectors for my old 300g (36x72) and used 3 of them the size above.

For simplicity sake, Id just grab any of the decent brand reflectors and add some LED supplements.


Active member
If you can find them, I’d look for a pair of CoralVue Lumenbright Mini pendants. The reflector design is ideal for penetrating deeper tanks.