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Old 12-01-2005, 05:04 PM   #1
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Is 260 watts enough lighting

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I've had my tank now for 18 months and things are going great. I am interested in adding to my reef I only have 80 watts of light though and would like to upgrade my lighting in order to add to my reef. My question is what go I keep with the following specs, 48" 4x65W Coralife LUNAR Aqualight Deluxe Series
2x Actinic and 2x 10,000K, 4x 3/4W Blue LEDs -Straight Pin. I can pick this up for 212.00 which is about what my budget is at right now. Any thoughts?
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Old 12-01-2005, 05:12 PM   #2
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What size tank? (ie, how many gallons)
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Old 12-01-2005, 05:13 PM   #3
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Decent light fixture. You should be able to keep a variety animals including mushrooms, polyps, soft corals...even some LPS. You should probably stay away from animals that demand very intense lighting, including SPS corals and clams.

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Old 12-01-2005, 09:10 PM   #4
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sorry. my tank is 50 gal, 48" long.
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Old 12-02-2005, 03:29 PM   #5
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I have that light fixture. I even have some SPS corals toward the top of the tank, they are doing fine.
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I have the smaller version of that light over my 46 and my corals really like. But the sps that I have are not as colorful as when I originaly bought them. My zoos, shrooms and softies look great though. Oh and I have a maxima and corea clam as well.
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that should be plenty of light to keep softies and most LPS corals. Good choice.
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I have the same light fixture (see my sig) and your sized tank. No complaints for my LPS and softies! And I love the moonlights at night.
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I am currently using the Current Satellite system(260w 2xdual10k and 2xdual actinic 03's). it originally came with dual 6700/10k daylight and dual 420/460nm. The new bulbs helped color things right up. I do have a couple sps, but with out upgrading to MH they wil continue to not really color up and grow at a snail's pace. Coralife system is a good one to go with. Have you checked eBay to look for anything cheaper?
http://www.thatpetplace.com/Products.../Itemdy00.aspx

Have you considered DIY'ing a set-up?
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