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Old 02-21-2010, 06:48 PM   #1
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aquarium lighting for anenomes, clams and corals

i was wondering if i want to keep anemones, clams, and corals in my 60g reef tank do i necessarily need metal halides or can i use t5 ho lighting?
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How deep is your tank? T5 HO should be fine as long as your tank is less than 24" deep. Go with a 6 or 8 bulb fixture and you should be fine.
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You can use T5 HO lighting. You just need to get a very strong light fixture. Something with upwards of around 6 or 8 bulbs. I know Current USA have some T5 fixtures with 6 to 8 bulbs. However, MH lighting may be a better option for you since you tank is pretty deep and pretty wide im assuming. With MH's you will definitely be able to keep nems, but with the T5 in a tank that size, i'm not so sure. But then again, i'm not an expert at lighting, just relaying some of the info i've seen here to you.
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my tank deminsions are 36x18x21. Is that too deep for the t5's? i guess im just a little worried about the mh heating up my tank and me having to buy a chiller they are kinda expensive.
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another question i know anemones shouldnt be added to a tank under 8 months old but are corals the same way or can i get a few now? if so what kind?
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You should be fine with T5 HO then. Coral can be added a month or two after your first fish. The month or two is just to give your tank a little time to stabilize after the cycle. Try some zoanthids and/or mushrooms to start.
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have u had ant experience dealing with clowns?
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i have two pecular clowns and i was wondering if there was anything that they may prefer to host in? if they host better in corals than anemones..etc?
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another question i know anemones shouldnt be added to a tank under 8 months old but are corals the same way or can i get a few now? if so what kind?
There are some easy corals you can start with after you wait a few months for your tank to stabilize like thom said. Mushrooms, button polyps and yellow polyps are good starters.
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Clowns hosting an anemone or anything else is just a hit or miss.
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