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Old 01-21-2010, 05:25 PM   #1
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Smile 10gal Nano Lighting Fixture options

Hello Everyone. Back with a new adventure! Im getting ready to start a 10Gal Coral Nano. Im not really interested in keeping any fish in this setup only corals (my 125gal is for the fish hehe). Anyway Im trying to make the best decision for lighting this new tank. I really only want to have softies. Possibly SpS in after i get the hang of things.. (but that wont be for a while). I was considering going with either PC lighting around 40watts or a 70watt Metal halide fixture. I dont have to have to use a chiller though and im afraid with the halide and such a small tank I would run into heat issues. I also don't want to bleach the corals. I just want to do the right thing this time around and not screw up the lighting. I want my corals to grow for once not just stay the same as wheni got them.

thank you for all your help.. and im sorry if this is a repeat question.. I tried some searches on the forum and it didnt come up with any really. I read through some as well. figured it never hurts to ask.
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Old 01-21-2010, 07:45 PM   #2
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Halides would be too much, T5 HO most likely would be too. Try this one: 20" 2x40W Satellite PC Fixture by Current USA* - AquaCave.
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Hmm That Lighting system looks VERY nice indeed. What kind of Coral life would the 20" 2x40W Satellite PC Fixture by Current USA* - AquaCave. be able to support?
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It would support softies, LPS, and since 10g tanks aren't very deep, I'm willing to bet a good majority of the SPS.
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For weeks ive been studying lighting trying to figure out what would work best for me. Not once did i ever come across that fixture. And for the price.. It be great for getting started and seeing if i ever even get into SpS. Im not planning on it but you know how that goes lol..
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Old 01-22-2010, 04:04 PM   #6
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coralife makes a 24" fixture 65W PC fixture, I have it on my 10 gallon nano and I like them.
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Awesome. I see coral life also makes a 95W 20" fixture... Single bulb. Would be great for maybe a lil deeper tanks then 10 gal. I orderd the Current USA fixture... Ive read a lot of good reviews about them. Ill be sure to let everyone know how it works out for me.
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Wow I wish I had found that one before I bought the one I mentioned above...
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Awesome. I see coral life also makes a 95W 20" fixture... Single bulb.
The bulb for that fixture isn't exactly cheap when it comes time to replace it. Current USA discontinued their quad-tube PC fixtures and the bulbs, I'm pretty sure Coralife won't be too far behind. So you would probably need to buy a new quad-bulbs from Coralife which would make it almost cheaper to buy a whole new fixture rather than just a new bulb. HTH.
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The bulb for that fixture isn't exactly cheap when it comes time to replace it. Current USA discontinued their quad-tube PC fixtures and the bulbs, I'm pretty sure Coralife won't be too far behind. So you would probably need to buy a new quad-bulbs from Coralife which would make it almost cheaper to buy a whole new fixture rather than just a new bulb. HTH.
I have a Coralife and it is $70 locally to get a bulb. I plan on having my son mode to use LEDs.
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