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Old 05-11-2005, 02:58 AM   #1
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Coral selection / Lighting reqs

So the time has come to start thinking about what kind of corals I want... and coincidentally... what kind of lighting I need. Since I know my birthday is coming up soon here, and I'm not in a rush to buy corals, I want to plan for the best setup. I know lighting is determined by what you want to keep, so here's the stuff that interests me thus far:

Colony Polyp, Zoanthus sp
Starburst Polyp, Pachyclavularia sp
Brain Coral, Trachyphyllia, Trachyphyllia geoffroyi
Torch Coral, Euphyllia glabrescens
Bubble Coral, Green, Plerogyra sp (and maybe other colors)
Hammer / Anchor Coral, Euphyllia ancora
Blue Striped Mushroom, Actinodiscus sp
Spotted Mushroom, Actinodiscus sp
Toadstool Mushroom Leather Coral, Brown, Sarcophyton sp
Pumping Xenia, Silver Branch, Xenia sp
Feather Duster, Sabellastarte sp

And maybe down the road in a year or so:

Bulb Anemone (BTA), Entacmaea quadricolor
Crocea Clam, Tridacna crocea
Maxima Clam, Tridacna maxima

I know the VERY optional clams will require MH's, and the BTA and most others need a mature tank. But would you guys take any off that list from bad experiences? What overall lighting would you all recommend would be best to light my 60 gal? 4X65 PC? (2) 175w MH? (2) 250w MH? Some kind of VHO/T5 funny business? (17high X 15wide)

TIA!!! Any help would be greatly appreciated!
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Old 05-11-2005, 01:21 PM   #2
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Beuler? Beuler? Anyone? Thanks! (bump)
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Here are a couple to consider, also, you might check into Deresa Clams - they are the least light hungry giant clams. You could get by with strong PC's for them; For the other clams, you would need halides or place them near the top.

http://www.hellolights.com/pfo6po.html

http://www.hellolights.com/15pfomipe.html (if you go with pendants, you can add another one later if you get a bigger tank - cheaper than having to start over.)
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MH would be the best route to cover your list.

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Hmmm... never considered those. I was thinking retrofit though since I have my own canopy... should've mentioned that in the first place

Would 250W MH be overkill for me, or should I get 175W?

Thanks for the input... I look forward to more help!
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The retro MH are very easy to setup. For your list, MH will cover everything on there. I think you might come up short using PC only, but grocery lists change all the time.

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250's wouldn't quite be overkill, but with a 17" depth, you would do really well with 150's - especially DE's. Plus you'll have less heat to deal with and a lower electric bill.
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Eeeeeeeeek! 8O $228 each for those pendents... captivereefs has Coralvue MH retro kits for $190 each. $80 difference when I get two. What are the bulb life for those things? I'd be alright if it was truly that less expensive to run & maintain with bulb changes
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Maybe cut it down the middle. I would go with the 175w MH retros on your tank. I always take into consideration that the lights should be 8-9" off the water, so 175w would be ideal. I bought replacement bulbs for my 250w's off of Ebay for $51 each. These last about a year, compared to PC, which only seem to last 6-8 months before changing them out. Pendents are nice if you can mount them over the tank and have a clean look to it, but they can be expensive.

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Eeeeeeeeek! 8O $228 each for those pendents... captivereefs has Coralvue MH retro kits for $190 each. $80 difference when I get two. What are the bulb life for those things? I'd be alright if it was truly that less expensive to run & maintain with bulb changes
Oh yeah, if you can use retros, you'll definately be able to save some money. I don't think you can get retro's in DE's though; but I could be wrong.
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