The 180 build continues with new lighting! Speaking of lighting its kind of funny how lighting preferences can change. When I first got in to the hobby I started with metal halide lights. Then on my current 120g tank I switched over to T-5 lighting. Now on my 180g build I'm going back to metal halide lights. We all know that there are pluses and minuses to all of the different kinds of lights, but in the end I think buying preferences for lighting falls in to two categories; price and preference. In my case I just prefer the look of metal halides. T-5 lights are great and I haven't had any problems growing corals or keeping clams, but the lighting they produce seems a little flat for lack of a better term. I'll admit though that I would like to try out LED lights, but the price factor comes in to play there.
Back to the topic at hand. For my 180g build I decided to go with three metal halides. After some research and price comparing I ordered three Lumen Max Elite Reflectors from ReefGeek. The reflectors came packaged together in one large box:
Once I opened the box I found that each of the reflectors came in individual boxes, including a cool ReefGeek bumper sticker :).
Here is a couple of shots of the reflector in and out of the box (some cardboard was removed though):
To power the lights I purchased
Until next time,