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Old 01-13-2006, 10:40 PM   #1
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lighting for 55g reef (no hard corals )

I bought my tank set up used and i'm not sure if my lighting is sufficient for soft corals. I have a 55g about 18 inches deep. With two 65W 6700k compact coralife lights. Is this enough?
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Old 01-14-2006, 12:41 AM   #2
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I have four 65w bulbs in mine, two are daylight, two are actinic. that's what my lfs recommended. Mine is also 55G of 18 inches deep.

Some soft corals can tolerate dim lighting, some need bright lighting. It depends on the animal. (I have "A PocketExpert Guide to Marine Invertebrates" and it gives lighting requirements.) But what I usually do is ask the lfs each time I buy coral and remind them of my lighting, sometimes they say, "nope, not enough light." Sometimes they say my lights are okay.
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Old 01-14-2006, 11:09 AM   #3
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Well, it is on the low end for almost any coral. If you have enough LR that you can place the coral high in the tank you my be able to keep some mushrooms or low-light zoos/polyps.
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hey sdellin.

We have the same lighting setup. I just bought me an Obrit 48" 4x65watts power compact fixture. It has 2x65watt daylights and 2x65watt actinics. And whoa, the moon lights are white. It's amazing!

What corals do you have in your tank? What can I put in mine?
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thanks

thanks for the info i am now shopping for 4x65 watts with 2 10000k an 2 actinics.
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what about a 55g with 260 watts what kind of corals can i keep later down the road
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Old 01-14-2006, 09:52 PM   #7
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thanks for the info i am now shopping for 4x65 watts with 2 10000k an 2 actinics.
Right now I have anchor corals, candy cane corals, orange mushrooms and a bunch of zooanthids and polyps. I can tell you that those that I have are doing fine with the lighting I have. I know that acropora needs stronger lighting, so I wouldn't do those. That's just what I have so far, I'm not sure what else I can do yet.

Here's a pic, I did have to move the candy canes to the bottom recently, they were, apparently, too close to the light. Their opening up again and seem happier on the bottom in the sand as opposed halfway up on the rocks.

Lando, any recommendations on corals for the lighting we have? Is our lighting on the low end (4X65 watts), or were you talking about the original post (2X65 watts).
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I will get rid of my trigger quite soon.... ...that fat bugger's the lone survivor of the itch that happened twice in this FOWLR. Oh, the hurt....

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hey sdellin.

We have the same lighting setup. I just bought me an Obrit 48" 4x65watts power compact fixture. It has 2x65watt daylights and 2x65watt actinics. And whoa, the moon lights are white. It's amazing!

What corals do you have in your tank? What can I put in mine?
hee hee... I quoted the wrong person. For answer to this question, see previous post!
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AMANIQU77,nice tank pics. Do the regal tang and the trigger get along? Just curious, seems we also have some of the same taste in fish... had to have a Dori.
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