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Old 03-13-2012, 11:23 AM   #1
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Converting to reef from fowlr

I have a new 55 gallon fowlr tank that I am considering converting to a reef tank. Right now I just have 4 ft strip light on top. It runs two fluorescent tubes. Would it be enough light if I added another strip like this, or do i need a completely different lighting system for this tank?
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Old 03-13-2012, 11:27 AM   #2
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I'm doing the same thing. I upgraded my light to 4 bulbs. I think that should be enough to grow an assortment of corals, maybe need MH for the higher light ones.
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What's the wattage on the lights that you using
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Either 32watt or 40watt, don't remember.
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Old 03-13-2012, 11:53 AM   #5
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So just 2 light bulbs aren't enought for a reef tank?
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Unless its two metal halides no
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Unless its two metal halides no
What's that? I just bought a ocean sun and a coral sun light from pet co
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What size tank how deep and what corals are you keeping. Two bulb t5 ho?
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I think two bulbs are good for the less light demanding corals but for a full reef tank your going to need at least a 4 bulb t5.
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I'd suggest bigger the better. You will need atleast 6 bulb T5HO if you are even thinking about sps and some lps.
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