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Old 02-29-2012, 12:37 AM   #1
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Can I support and anemone?

I am currently cycling a 20gallon tank that will house a pair of clown fish. I was wondering what kind of anemone I would keep.

The tank is 20gall tall. Has a 2x24watt t5ho fixture on it with reflectors on each bulb. The tank will not have a skimmer but will have pwc down weekly.
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Old 02-29-2012, 12:47 AM   #2
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Sorry, i dont think thats enough light for an anenome. I have heard of people keeping them under biocube stocks though.

Your tank is so new though, that you shouldnt even consider an anenome yet..
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K no problem...not really a let down. I'll stick with my original idea and do a mushroom tank
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A mushroom tank would be nicer IMO
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Old 02-29-2012, 10:33 AM   #5
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You are at 2.4 watts per gallon, should be enough light for an anemone or soft corals, but just barely.
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Watts per gallon is not a good gauge to go by. The height of the tank top to bottom is a more important consideration.
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Old 02-29-2012, 11:21 AM   #7
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True, height of tank is a consideration, but without a PAR meter, watts per gallon is a pretty generalized gauge. It is what, I would think, most of us used at the start of our reef endeavors. It's not perfect, but it gives you an idea. Especially with an anemone, it will rise and fall in the water column as it sees fit anyway, to find its optimal light and flow.
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It's a terrible gauge though, IMO. 100 watts of power compacts has no where near the intensity that 100 watts of individually reflected T5s has. And don't forget about LEDs which are even more efficient per watt. If the OP has a very tall tank and very little live rock, The anemone may not have enough real estate to climb.
Bottom line is, the dimensions of the tank and distance from the bulb is very important when deciding what light to buy.

I went to a guys house and helped him with his tank the other day. He had 2 x 250 watt metal halides over a 75 gallon tank. he had them mounted so high above the tank that the PAR reading on the sand bed was barely 25.
he had no shortage of watts, but his sps was all brown.
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How high above the water mr x?
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I didn't measure, but he was using 20k lamps and they were about 18" or so above the water.
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