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Old 05-30-2009, 01:25 AM   #11
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Thanks pat for the info I was thinkin the same thing. The tank is very shallow only 13 or 14in. so I would think that light intesity wouldn't matter as much cuz the light isn't penatrating that much water I could see if u had a 30 or 40in. Then u would probably be more concerned with intensity but I could be wrong I'm still new to this salt stuff. Oh and what does PAR stand for?
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PAR -> photosynthetically available radiation

The amount of light reaching the coral that it can use in the process of photosynthesis.

There probably are some SPS corals that really do need a certain level of intensity to really grow and thrive but i doubt there are very many that would need a whole lot more then you would be able to provide with the light you have in such a shallow tank. Something you will just have to do a bit of trial an error on. Start with some of the easier ones and move your way up.
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Not watts per gallon, intensity has more to do with PAR and how much usable light penetrates into the water and how deep. watts per gallon is becoming obsolete with the use of good lights such as T5HO or Halides.
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Old 05-30-2009, 10:12 AM   #14
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I did not see where you told us what kind of lighting you were using, just the watts.
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Ugh! Don't do xenia! I wish I hadn't put any in my tank. I go after it with a vengence but it still manages to pop up. My first corals were a batch of mushrooms, toadstool/leather, and a mondo frogspawn. Good Luck!
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