Originally Posted by Nu-Nu the eel
Guys i have personally told him this about 5 times. Lol every time he says "dude those things are sooooo expensive". Haha they are really cheap for a t5 fixture and will grow almost anything.... (few exceptions). JAKE I HOPE YOU READ THIS... I WAS RIGHT! Lol
The Odyssea lights would work out okay for soft corals, zoas, palys, mushrooms, xenia, LPSs, and perhaps even a few SPSs if placed at the very top. I wouldn't put an anemone under them in a 55. The reflectors and low performing ballast just don't cut it on a tank that tall with an animal that difficult.
The price of the anemone should easily pay the cost difference for the upgrade to a FishNeedIt fixture. They're very cheap for what they are and you honestly do get a lot of upgrades for the small increase in price. You're still in high school so I bet money doesn't come easily. If you do end up getting the Odyssea setup you may want to think about an alternative for the anemone. My clowns all hosted in long tentacled toadstool leathers. I was even able to propagate them and make some cash to help me pay for tank costs. Can't do that with an anemone!!!
Just so you know, I use a Odyssea 2xT5 light fixture on my 20H planted tank. I chose it because it doesn't produce as much light as other fixtures. It runs closer to a normal output T5 than a HO
T5. Perfect for growing plants, but questionable for an anemone in a tall tank.
Good luck man. ^_^