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Old 01-18-2006, 10:45 PM   #11
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How deep is the tank and what length? How long has the tank been established? What's you "ideal" budget?

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Old 01-18-2006, 11:53 PM   #12
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OK. You have two lights at 15 watts. That's 15 times 2 which equals 30. You need nothing short of 165 watts minimum...250 watts total preferred for your tank. You won't be reaching that with regular flourescent bulbs. You need power compacts.

For your sized tank and what your initial goal is with lighting,

Here is a discontinued light fixture that's incredibly cheap.


Somewhere in the site there are replacement bulbs that are also heavily discounted (they are Custom Sea Life fixtures. The company made changes and are getting rid of the old stock). This would be the size that would fit your tank (48" is typical for a 55 gallon...may want to double check that). It is fitted with four 65 watt power compact bulbs (two daylights/2 actinics) and a moon light for night time (looks real cool). This would give you 260 watts, which would be just fine for an anemone and many types of coral.

Don't panic. It'll be just fine. What do you have in your tank? Types of fish and inverts like shrimp and crabs?

We, as a people, know so much more about outer space than we do about our own oceans. This lack of knowledge can very well spell the dangers that lay in wait for us.

The oceans surely would swallow us before a rock comes down to smite the planet of it's life.
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Old 01-19-2006, 09:04 AM   #13
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Originally Posted by Brian Vartanian
so i take it to be able to get better lights i need a new hood?
Yep, something like the Coralife Aqualights or even better just drop $800+ on a nice MH/PC setup.

If you’re handy you could DIY also and it’s a fairly large savings than buying a MH complete hood.

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