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Old 09-13-2013, 05:20 PM   #1
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Clams under t5

I know this topic has been discussed countless times, but I couldn't find an answer on my specific situation: can I keep clams under 4x24W T5s, and if so, which ones? I have a 60g cube that is 24'' deep, and would like to keep the clam on the sand bed if possible. I'm using all ATI bulbs. Any advice would be appreciated!
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Old 09-13-2013, 05:29 PM   #2
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I'm not that familiar with t5 lighting as i've not used one but pretty sure you are going to need more than that. Like 6 bulb t5 fixture.
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I'm not that familiar with t5 lighting as i've not used one but pretty sure you are going to need more than that. Like 6 bulb t5 fixture.
I use t5 mix with led. T5s 4x54w they are strong but you will need more power than what you have now.
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Although ATI are supposed to be a quality bulb, I don't think it will suffice. I have a 4 bulb light on my 110gal and tho I CAN grow SPS (Monti) very close to the surface, even my LPS corals have to be in the upper half of the tank. I can only grow Palys and 'shrooms in the lower half. A clam would be out of the question.
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I have seen it dine with T5s, especially with those ATI bulbs. There is a clam does it a bit easier to care for, but I can't remember the name. I am sure someone here will remember it.
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I don't just use the build. I have the ATI fixture 4x54w and I to have seen it done with ATI fixtures but not the 24w.
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Sorry iPhone. Bulbs.
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Old 09-13-2013, 06:18 PM   #8
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Thanks for the responses. It is as I feared. Might be time to turn my t5 fixture into a DIY t5/led combo...

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I have seen it dine with T5s, especially with those ATI bulbs. There is a clam does it a bit easier to care for, but I can't remember the name. I am sure someone here will remember it.
I believe the clams with the lowest (comparatively) light requirements are derasas. Is that what you're referring to?
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Thanks for the responses. It is as I feared. Might be time to turn my t5 fixture into a DIY t5/led combo...

I believe the clams with the lowest (comparatively) light requirements are derasas. Is that what you're referring to?
You're going to need to up the wattage on your bulbs as well. I believe this would mean a new fixture or at least a different ballast. Depending on cost it may be better to just upgrade.
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Old 09-13-2013, 06:39 PM   #10
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Dersasa clam will be alright, I have a teardrop maxima that did well for 8months under 4 t5 before I switch to LEDs. His mantle is dark so he could absorb more light. Here's clammy
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