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Old 07-05-2011, 05:54 PM   #1
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lighting question

Ok guys I'm looking for lighting advice. I currently have a 55G FOWLR I'm considering growing corals and realize I need to upgrade my lighting. The issue is I have a pretty tight budget. I've found this light and was wondering it was strong enough for anenome. If you guys have any recommendations for under 200 that would be awesome. I would like to house anenome, some clams and prob some soft corals. Still doing research on what I would stock the tank with but I figure I would start with the light source.

Amazon.com: New 48" 216W T5 Aquarium Light Fixture Reef Fish Tank Light: Kitchen & Dining
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Old 07-05-2011, 06:00 PM   #2
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Doesnt look horrible, you could keep a nice assortment of corals with that I think. But I don't thnk it would be enough for an anenome. :-( They need establihsed tanks, pristine water and intense lighting.

Just my opinion though.
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well i would advise agains it mainly because 55gs are rather tall and that fixture isn't using single bulb reflectors. its not a bad fixture but there are cheaper ones on ebay that use SLRs, but coem without the moonlights.

48" 4Ft 4 Lamp T5 HO Grow Light 44 6500K Bulbs Veg | eBay
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Old 07-05-2011, 06:11 PM   #4
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well i would advise agains it mainly because 55gs are rather tall and that fixture isn't using single bulb reflectors. its not a bad fixture but there are cheaper ones on ebay that use SLRs, but coem without the moonlights.

48" 4Ft 4 Lamp T5 HO Grow Light 44 6500K Bulbs Veg | eBay

Good link! Those are nice, I'd replace the bulbs of course...and no legs only hanging kit.....But still a nice pull!
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Thanks for the link when I get home I will check. The tank is established and the water is pristine. But I'm trying to figure out this lighting
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i bought the 24" version and i made my own feet and repainted it black. it came out good
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I looked at the link and the unit looks really good i'll probably be going this root and adding a strip of blue led for moon-lighting. Unless you guys have any other recommendation
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you don't need moonlights, they are just a sales gimmick
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Check on ebay at current usa's refurb section. I have their 12 bulbs(6 rows of 2 bulbs) and it puts out the par. This isn't one of the things to skimp on, that may work for a while, and then the internals start to give out and you have to replace them, which isn't cheap if it's a ballast. I had an odysea fixture and never had any trouble, but quite a few other have had problems. Not trying to scare you, but something to think about.
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balasts are not as expensive as you think they are, you can get an advanced centium for like $25 or go with workhorse for roughtly the same price.

if you go with icecapp, they over charge a 54watt lamp to 80watts which is good to penetrate the water lot deeper (over 30")
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