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The actual water depth is 18"; with the tank mounts, I think the Bimini Sun would sit about 6" - 8" above the water surface. I could always raise it, I guess.
What is your opinion on the best wattage for this tank? Would a 250w be too intense or too hot for this size tank (fairly cool climate here--only occasional hot days in dead of summer)? Or...is the 150w more than enough?
Thanks for your help,
We recommend the 150 watt over that size tank. This will keep less heat, enough light and better look. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions.
For use with double ended (HQI) metal halide lamps.
Dimensions: 10.5"L x 11.5"W x 2.5"H
Excellent quality, poor mounting options By Greybeard on 1/17/2017Greybeard would recommend this product to a friendWeighs 2.25lbs, without bulb, very heavy cord, as with all halides. I purchased the hanging kit with the intent of disassembling it and reusing the parts, didn't work out. I ended up drilling 2x M4 sized holes, mounting an 11x1x1/4" aluminum bar to the top of the light on 1/2" standoffs, and using a tank mount designed for an Aquaticlife Halo. Worked out well.
No active cooling. I thought perhaps the reflector would include a fan of some sort, it doesn't. Mounted as I did, in the open, with lots of space around it, the heat isn't too bad. Haven't had to add any active cooling yet. We'll see come summertime.
Reflector does a good job of keeping the light in the tank, it's a 24" cube, it does have some light spillage, but it's not bad.
Tons of light, of course. Old school, nothing fancy, but it works for me.