Too much light for 50 Gal??
I just purchased a 50 gallon tank (36x18x18) and I am looking at lighting choices. I currently have a 20" 40W Current Satellite with a 6,700K/10,000K bulb over a 10 gallon and I am very happy with the lighting system.
I have the opportunity to get a 36" Outer Orbit HQI for a very good price. This light has a 150W PowerPaq 10,000k Metal Halide and two 96W 6,700K CF Lamps for a total of 342W (6.84 W/gal). Even though I could run the 2 CF lights all day and only run the MH for a few hours around mid-day...Is this still too much light for a 50 gallon tank?
My other option is the 36" Orbit with two 96W 6,700K/10,000K CF Lamps for a total of 192W (3.84 W/gal)...same as the Outer Orbit with the MH off. My cost for these two light systems is the same. I am wondering if having the 150W MH would be nice to have, or just asking for trouble because of too much light.
I am injecting CO2 from a canister through a PlantGuild Vortex Reactor and using a PH controller. I want this 50 gallon to be an Asian biotope for both fish and plants.
I truly appreciate and suggestions. Give that I can get both for the same cost...which lighting solution should I get?