ha another reef to fresh convert. I was just thinking of a large 400+ FW planted tank the other day. I still have a reef but adding a planted tank...well just cuz I want to grow plants too
I dream of someday a 400-700 gal room divider prob. be SW but maybe FW sure would be a ton cheaper...
so what lighting to you have for your reef? are they controllable? can you turn down the blues and whites/reds up? do you have a par meter?
I know the reason you went with a 27" tank was to get you more water volume so just like reefing, you need more punch to get to the bottom but the good news is its alot less than corals. for a tank that big I would like about a nice cree 3W led setup there pretty easy to do, just need a heat sink, led chips a soldering iron and wire. there are tons of DIY videos out there. I make one about 5 years ago with C channel and an nice acrylic splash guard. so there is an option.
do you want pendent style like the kessil or halos? or more of a strip light?
sbreef lights, reef breeders, no name black box gets pretty good reviews, but yeah I would want to dim it to find the sweet spot. I am thinking about the TC 421 led controller might be something worth looking in to...
but like said you could have spots with more light and less depending on your scape that could be a cool aspect of such a large tank.
what ever you do please PLEASE do a build thread!!