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Old 12-01-2008, 10:45 PM   #1
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240 watts of compact flouresent

like the title says will that be enough to support sps corals. it will go onto a 55 gal tank only and its about 1 1/2 foot tall only
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Any reason you are going compact flouresent over T-5 or halides? Havn't kept enough SPS to say if they would do well under those lights or not though.
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Any reason you are going compact flouresent over T-5 or halides? Havn't kept enough SPS to say if they would do well under those lights or not though.

no reason just because im getting it for free halides is in the future money tight right now. found some sps for great prices and cant pass up on the offer. so was just if it was enough before i start buying.
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in short answer no. if you had 240 of mh yes but the fluorescents dont penetrate the water well enough to support sps.
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in short answer no. if you had 240 of mh yes but the fluorescents dont penetrate the water well enough to support sps.
ok thank a bunch i guess i have no choice but to pass on the sps corals then.
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Depends on the SPS. Some types of SPS high up in the tank will survive OK. I'm not saying they'll thrive like they would under more intense lights, but you can keep them. I have a stylophora and a seriatopora under 196W of PC lighting, and they're holding their own - but they're within 4-6 inches of the water line also. But the two corals I listed are a couple of the more forgiving SPS when it comes to lighting - your mileage may vary!
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I only have VHO lighting and I keep a few moderate light SPS corals. Here is a pic of mine. They are the pavona coral, Red cap and millipora. They probably might make under that type lighting from mid to high placement in your tank. They are not as pretty as the high light SPS corals.

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4 watts per gallon your well above what you need...
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4 watts per gallon your well above what you need...

many people says that wpg is good but not to be use as a guideline so i tend to stay away from wpg

but my friend gave me two pieces of his corals i dont know what kind is it neither does he, all i know is it a sps coral and its been doing well in my system.
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post some pics so we can help ID them.
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