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Old 06-02-2013, 12:34 AM   #1
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I've got my tank set up with two clowns and four snails. So anyways I would like to start getting corals but the light I have will not support the corals so I would like some recommendations for good CHEAP lights because I am just a kid.
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Old 06-02-2013, 12:47 AM   #2
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What size tank?
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Old 06-02-2013, 01:17 AM   #3
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36 gallon bow front. The bulb i have in there is 24 inches.
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Old 06-02-2013, 01:19 AM   #4
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Well the minimum for low light corals is 4 watts per gallon, 6 for anemones
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The cheapest I think will be a $120 LED fixture. You could do DIY LED if you're up for a project.

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Well the minimum for low light corals is 4 watts per gallon, 6 for anemones
Watts per gallon isn't a great rule. Par is. To the OP, if you get a T5 HO fixture, 4-6 bulbs would suffice for most corals.
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Old 06-02-2013, 01:27 AM   #7
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Old 06-02-2013, 02:17 PM   #9
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Would just a 2 bulb t5 be enough?
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Maybe for some mushrooms. Honestly that 120w LED is going to be the best/cheapest option because even if you find a cheaper T5 you are going to have to replace the bulbs with some decent ones followed by yearly bulb replacement. Tell your parents that if they help you get the LED it will save them on the electricity bill
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