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Old 12-30-2012, 06:28 PM   #1
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Getting ready to get lights so I. Can have coral in my 55. What is the best way to go? Can't afford LED's and wanted to see if I got a 2 bulb fixture would it be enough or should I be looking at a 4 bulbs fixture?
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maybe some more information? such as the full dimension of your tank, the live stock you keeping? Or maybe even your budget?
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Getting ready to get lights so I. Can have coral in my 55. What is the best way to go? Can't afford LED's and wanted to see if I got a 2 bulb fixture would it be enough or should I be looking at a 4 bulbs fixture?
2 bulb would not be enough for any coral. 4 bulb would be enough for some softies. I'd go with 6+ bulb or halide.
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I have a 55 gallon that's 48 inches long. So 2 bulbs would not be enough? I was worried a 6 bulbs would be to wide for my tank.
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Old 12-30-2012, 07:36 PM   #5
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I have a 55 gallon that's 48 inches long. So 2 bulbs would not be enough? I was worried a 6 bulbs would be to wide for my tank.
I also have a 55 gal with the same dimensions. I got an odyssea 48 inch 4 bulb fixture for a pretty good price off eBay. I keep everything from anemones to Lps to softies. Only thing I don't keep are sps.
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Old 12-30-2012, 07:46 PM   #6
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Thanks. I found one with 4 LEDs for under 140 on amazon.
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Old 12-30-2012, 07:54 PM   #7
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I have a 55 g tank as well and I have a 4 bulb T5 HO set up with 8 moonlight LEDS it was like 102 shipped off e-bay and it works really well. Ive had it for a couple months so far and every coral is thriving in my tank. I have some zoas, frogspawn, torch, hammer, candy cane corals, bubble coral, purple sea whip and some others cant really remember.
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What kind do you have?
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I honestly don't remember the brand name- it's like an off -brand but can always change the bulbs!
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