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Old 05-06-2009, 12:20 AM   #11
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ok so im pritty confused about this subject its about a 50/50 some people are saying CP are fine if u get alot of wattage and some people are saying no u need MH and T5 most of the people on this site say T6 MH other sites people say there not required so idk im pritty confused
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oooo and thincat the tank is only 17in deep its a 40g breeder
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Old 05-06-2009, 02:06 AM   #13
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Compacs would be good enough. The reason everyone is going to T-5's are they are energy effeicent and have good penetation for the 17+" to 20" tanks. Do you have a sand bottom and how deep is the sand?
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The sand bottom is 2in deep.
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If I were to get a MH would I want 10000k or 14000k and would 250w be enough for a 40g
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Old 05-06-2009, 10:01 AM   #16
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I am currently researching simular issues.
IMO T5...T5...T5 !!!....(+) 3-5 wats per gallon actnic(+) Daylighting.(soft corals will do good on 3 or so watts per gal.The harder your corals the more wattage per gallon you'd want to have . Day lighting can vary as long as the aforemention parameters have been met.(<<<as far as how BRIGHTLY you'd want your display during the day that is)
If you want everybody to "THRIVE" first time out...w/no deaths////no unwanted amonia and No2...No3 spikes in your readings....T5 appears to be the closest thing to a "SURE BET".
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If I were to get a MH would I want 10000k or 14000k and would 250w be enough for a 40g
Metal halides are expensive, and in my opinion not necessarily needed for a 40 gallon breeder tank. I do believe T5's will save you money and heat issues if you would of had any. MH are very intense lights, used for larger tanks to support any type of coral they desire. Your tank is not all to deep, and would do just fine with T5's
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So other than heat PC lighting will do well
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That I can't say simply because I do not know enough about them. I went with T5's due to the fact that they are much more intense. However in my opinion I do believe it should not matter due to your tank height.
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I used PC lighting when I first started out. I had a 72g tank with 260w of PC light. That tank wasa 23" tall, my anemone did not do well under that lighting. As a result I upgraded to MH with VHO supplement. PC lighting is great for fish only tanks or when used to supplement MH bulbs. They do not have the PAR that other forms of lighting have and may or may not keep your anemone happy, even on a shallow tank.
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