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Old 12-10-2012, 11:02 PM   #1
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Question Coral lighting?

I am finally taking the dive into saltwater! I will be using a 46 gallon bowfront. My question is, what are the lighting requirements for some simple LPS, SPS, etc? The current fixture holds 2 26" T8's (i'm pretty sure they are T8's). Would this work with the right tubes? I would be willing to upgrade. I've looked this up and everything I find is contradicting. Thanks!
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Old 12-10-2012, 11:55 PM   #2
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First decide what types you'd like to house, then you'll be better equipped to see if a lighting upgrade is for you.
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Old 12-11-2012, 12:01 AM   #3
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T8's arent good for anything maybe zoas.. You will need a 4 bulb t5 fixture for most lps some sps maybe 6 bulb depending on types of sps.
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you'll need t5's or led's for most corals
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Thanks for the replies! I think I'll get a 4 bulb T5 fixture. As for the color temp, 50/50's? Or two daylight and two actinic? I might do LED's, they seem cheaper in the long run. I don't really know what species I want yet, I think I'll start with the easiest low light ones, and move up from there, even if that means another future light upgrade. Any easy LPS or SPS suggestions?
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Your first bulb change on the t5's would pay for most of the led fixture plus the price of the t5 fixture.
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Wait, are you saying that the T5 is cheaper? Sorry for any misunderstanding.
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no I'm saying between the cost of the t5 fixture and your first bulb change which would probable be around $100 dollars depending on the bulbs you get you could probable get and led fixture for the same price. A taotronics led would be about 150 to 180.
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Oh Ok, sorry about that. Plus the cost of electricity, LED's are probably the way to go.
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Old 12-11-2012, 01:59 AM   #10
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definitely why buy twice t5's then led later might as well get it now. I don't have the tao's but maybe someone else that does can chime in about them
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