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Old 01-31-2012, 03:33 PM   #1
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have been trying to get help w reef lighting...

ok i have made different posts on here trying to get info on lighting upgrades and i have gotten nowhere...please someone help...i have a 55g fowlr and some soft corals i have a 260w power compact 4x65 w 3 led night lights....the lights are now almost 1-1/2 yrs old and before i buy new bulbs i was looking to upgrade...i have called lfs after lfs after lfs but everyone telling me something different...what i want is to use the light on my 55 and then when i upgrade my tank use it on my 90...i want to have a mix of soft and hard corals w fish and lr...i have seen a few options and need help with what i should do before i waste money....here are my options...

#1...buy 4 new pc bulbs and stick w the new light

#2...608w metal halide $279
2x250 mh hqi 15000k bulbs
2x54w ho t5
3 blue led ...comes with individual cords cooling fan and ballast

#3...54w 48" led light
46x10000k led 1w
8x1w act 460nm led...will this be enough lighting by itself

#4...324w ho t5
3x54w ho t5 10000k
3x54 t5 actinic
10x1w led night lights

my last option was a 716w metal hlide light same as the other one except it had 4x54 ho t5 but i dont think it would fit on my tank because of being too wide....i do not have a canopy so i would not be able to conceal any of the lights thats why i am looking for single unit...if anyone can please give me advice like i said i have called numerous places and posted several times yet to get any helpful information....the corals i currently house are some duncans...zoos...mushrooms...xenia...leathers...ke nya...torch frags...acan frags...and also the corraline i have is a green coraline is that also because my lightins is not strong enough?....i would like to promote purple to pink if i can control it...tank leverls are all right on tank temp is 81...thanks
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Those bulbs for the pc fixture are expensive. I would not buy them. I would go with an 8x 54 watt t5HO fixture if I was going to do a 90 reef. That LED fixture you mentioned is not strong enough for a 90. You can go with the 2 x 250 watt halides, but you can use the t5 fixture and save wattage and a little heat.
Lighting has nothing to do with the color of your coralline. You just need to introduce the purple coralline. Take some scrapings from someone's tank and sprinkle them in your tank, and you'll see it popping up eventually.
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Old 01-31-2012, 06:46 PM   #3
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Well I would new the light to fit on my current tank which is 13" wide I don't think I can fit 8x54 maybe 6x54 would that work for the 55g for sps
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Yes, but what about the 90? 8 x 54 would fit great over that tank.
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That's where I'm torn I want a good light now but I know in few years I'll upgrade to 90 or better just want to start getting Corals and rock ready to transfer... Now I have green corraline and it is across the back of my glass should I scrape that to help spread or leave it alone I scraped a small part and saw pink underneath in some spots...and also what of I used the led lights and got like a 2 bulb ho t5 they would both fit on my tank and I can always use them since they are not wide would that serve purpose and look good
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A few years? Technology will be completely different then. I wouldn't even worry about a few years from now and purchase a 6 lamp for your 55.

Which LED lights are you talking about? Post them here.
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I have a 8bulb t5 Ho 48" nova extreme fixture on my 60 gall tank.( the older model) my tank dimensions are 48"l x 12"d x21" h. And it fits amazing and trust me this is more then enough light. I would Personally go with the 6 bulb because they have individual reflectors. This is by far your best bang for your buck. And you can keep whatever you want, Sps Lps soft corals clams etc.
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I agree with Doug technology will change in a few years. If you do get an 8bulb fixture you can always hang it above the tank so it won't cook everything in the tank.
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Or shut a few bulbs off.
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Or shut a few bulbs off.
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Just because there is 8 bulb slots does not mean you have to fill all 8 slots.
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