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Old 08-19-2013, 10:20 AM   #1
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29 gallon lighting question

Working my 29 gallon towards a mostly sps tank.

Recently set up a hanging quad lights structure. 4 24w T5 HO bulbs, 2 are 10k, 2 are actinic blue.

Just wondering if this will be sufficient lighting, and also the timing on having the lights on/off.

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Old 08-19-2013, 05:38 PM   #2
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I am no sps expert but that doesn't sound like enough light to me. How deep is the tank? I would think with t5 about 6-8 hours a day is fine, I used to run actinic for an extra hour either end...
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Old 08-19-2013, 07:43 PM   #3
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Should be enough if you keep them higher up. I believe it's 1 bulb per 3" and a standard 29 is 12" front to back. Any more you would be lighting the floor anyways.
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Working my 29 gallon towards a mostly sps tank.

Recently set up a hanging quad lights structure. 4 24w T5 HO bulbs, 2 are 10k, 2 are actinic blue.

Just wondering if this will be sufficient lighting, and also the timing on having the lights on/off.

Thanks!
You need more light for sure. I used to have a 29g with T5's and couldn't grow any SPS unless it was up really high. Everything else I put in there besides a bird nest had died over time unfortunately
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Old 08-19-2013, 10:32 PM   #5
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You need more light for sure. I used to have a 29g with T5's and couldn't grow any SPS unless it was up really high. Everything else I put in there besides a bird nest had died over time unfortunately
More light means what exactly? Higher wattage?
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Old 08-19-2013, 10:37 PM   #6
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More light means what exactly? Higher wattage?
Either a very high wattage T5 bulb which I'm not sure how high they go or an LED set up.
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Old 08-20-2013, 08:10 AM   #7
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I'm guessing an LED set up will be a bit more expensive than my current one.

Could someone provide a link or example of an adequate setup for a 29 gallon?

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Old 08-20-2013, 09:28 AM   #8
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Taotronics 120w led fixture. More then enough lighting for SPS in your tank. Will prob never use them at full power. Only $179

http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B0092L...AC_SX110_SY165
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You can get taotronics cheaper from eBay. Jut search for taotronics aquarium lighting
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Old 08-20-2013, 03:03 PM   #10
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Nice, appreciate the input.

I've only got GSP, Xenia, leather coral, purple gorgonian in the tank at the moment.

Hoping my current lighting will sustain these until I'm ready to move up to the sps land!

Thanks again
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