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Old 06-22-2004, 01:58 PM   #1
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lighting question

whats the average wattage of flourescent lighting that comes standard with tanks? Will this be enough for a FOWLR setup?
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Old 06-22-2004, 02:14 PM   #2
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with FOWLR you really only need enough light to view the fish. So a standard light will work. but it's hard not to go "reef"
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yes, very hard to resist the temptation.
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Old 06-22-2004, 04:06 PM   #4
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Lighting seems to be easy to upgrade, so it seems like it is something to leave for another day especially since i would like to start off with a FOWLR system. The goal is to have 1.5lbs per gallon, maybe 2lbs per gallon depending how everything looks. Will it be concievable to add better lighting and then start adding corals, nothing i have read would seem to suggest otherwise?
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40lbs cc/30lbs argonite sand mixture
80lbs keys rock (www.liverocks.com awesome stuff)
25lbs fiji/tonga lr
10lbs lace base rock (now hapily live with lots of coraline growth)
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Old 06-22-2004, 07:03 PM   #5
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Depending on the setup you are looking at, I would start out with compact fluorescent lighting. The extra intensity will be good for coralline algae growth and any photosynthetic hitchikers on the rock will also appreciate the extra light. With PC lighting you can also start out with some hardy soft corals without upgrading, like shrooms, leathers etc. As far as wattage, it depends a lot on the depth of your tank. HTH
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