Go Back   Aquarium Advice - Aquarium Forum Community > Saltwater and Reef > Saltwater Reef Aquaria
Click Here to Login

Join Aquarium Advice Today
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com
 
Old 01-02-2005, 11:21 PM   #1
Aquarium Advice Apprentice
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: Pennsylvania
Posts: 33
compact fluorescent lighting question

I want to add compact fluorescent lighting to my 29 gallon tank to keep some anemones/corals. Can anyone give me some info about this lighting? I narrowed it down to 3 different lighting systems, which include satellite, orbit and coralife aqualight compact fluorescent. all lighting is 65 watts(2bulbs)
__________________

__________________
milmokes is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-03-2005, 12:05 AM   #2
Aquarium Advice Apprentice
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: Cincinnati
Posts: 49
I have a coralife 65w compact fluorescent with a 50/50 bulb on my 26 gallon bow. You should be able to keep some shrooms and other low maintainance soft corals. I'm not sure about anemones though.
__________________

__________________
dolphinsfan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-03-2005, 12:07 AM   #3
Aquarium Advice Apprentice
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: Pennsylvania
Posts: 33
u have any problems with lighting system? what type of hood did you use with it?
__________________
milmokes is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-03-2005, 12:51 AM   #4
Aquarium Advice FINatic
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Rocky Mount VA
Posts: 943
I am looking at the same conversion for my 28 gal. Both the orbit and satellite are produced by Current USA. My LFS says the only difference is the amount of lunar lights and a sleeker housing on the orbit. I have also been told that the Current USA bulbs have a wider spectrum of light than the coralife.(sorry if terminology is wrong). This is swaying me towards the Orbit for the better bulbs and lunar lighting. HTH
__________________
Vote for AquariumAdvice

28gal bowfront
40lbs livesand(bag from LFS), 30lbs live rock(LR.com)
2 O. Clowns
1 peppermint shrimp, 5 red leg hermit crabs,
4 mexican turbo snails, 15 nassarius snails
ricordea mushroom, candy cane coral,
super color polyps, hairy mushrooms
bubble coral, hawiian feather duster
coralife lunar 2x65, HOT magnum canister
10 Gal refugium(chaeto) & seaclone skimmer
RMPD109 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-03-2005, 01:01 AM   #5
member
 
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: WI
Posts: 1,783
The CVurrent USA uses dual daylight and dual actinic bulbs, The dual daylight has 1 tube at 10K and the other at 6700K. The dual actinc is 420nm/460nm. The coralifes are going to be more dependable based on my experiance. Also if you have a warranty issue current USA is very hard to get ahold of where as coralife will answer the phone on every call. I have sold hundreds of each light and have only 2 reported problems with the coralifes and about 15-20 with the current USA.
__________________
captivereefs is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-03-2005, 01:02 AM   #6
member
 
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: WI
Posts: 1,783
I personally run a 2-65 watt lunar aqualight on my sons 26 bow.
__________________
captivereefs is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-03-2005, 01:04 AM   #7
Aquarium Advice Apprentice
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: Cincinnati
Posts: 49
It is a corallife 65w aqualight. I use it on my FOWLR setup primarily to support/promote coralline growth on my liverock. From a previous post, it was suggested that it should be possible to have some of the easier soft corals as well. I'm really pleased with the light for my tank. If you are serious about having a reef setup, I would suggest that you look into investing in a lighting system with a higher wattage output than you are currently considering. But I'll leave it to the experts to chime in for more knowledgable information. lol.
__________________
dolphinsfan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-03-2005, 01:08 AM   #8
Aquarium Advice FINatic
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Rocky Mount VA
Posts: 943
Thanks - I guess I should stick with my first impression and go with the coralife for the dependability. What difference do the dual daylights and actinic give
__________________
Vote for AquariumAdvice

28gal bowfront
40lbs livesand(bag from LFS), 30lbs live rock(LR.com)
2 O. Clowns
1 peppermint shrimp, 5 red leg hermit crabs,
4 mexican turbo snails, 15 nassarius snails
ricordea mushroom, candy cane coral,
super color polyps, hairy mushrooms
bubble coral, hawiian feather duster
coralife lunar 2x65, HOT magnum canister
10 Gal refugium(chaeto) & seaclone skimmer
RMPD109 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-03-2005, 11:03 AM   #9
Aquarium Advice FINatic
 
macman7010's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: MD
Posts: 833
I have the 65 watt coral life with the dual daylight 10,000 k bulb. It works well for both maintining invertabres and growing plenty of algae for your fish to graze on. For keeping an anenome though you will need more light - between 3 to 5 watts per gallon so I would recommend using either 2 coral life systems or using the 65 watt compact in conjuction with a 20 watt flourascent 10,000 k bulb.
__________________
macman7010 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-03-2005, 11:10 AM   #10
member
 
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: WI
Posts: 1,783
The dual daylights and actinics are susposed to give a wider spectrum but i have not heard anything that says it is better then straight 10K and actinic bulbs
__________________

__________________
captivereefs is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
fluorescent, light, lighting

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Compact Fluorescent DYI pairustwo DIY Projects 13 02-25-2007 08:52 AM
Compact fluorescent lighting Question ShawnE94SL Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion 6 01-26-2006 12:31 PM
comparison of compact fluorescent lighting fixtures Island Boy Freshwater & Brackish - Planted Tanks 6 08-09-2005 08:38 PM
fluorescent lighting question thartley DIY Projects 0 07-19-2004 05:03 PM
Compact Fluorescent Light... eykis9 General Hardware/Equipment Discussion 4 06-25-2004 01:16 PM







» Photo Contest Winners








Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 03:04 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.