I've got a 65gal tank stocked with various LPS
(blastomussa, caulastrea sp, euphyllia sp, etc) and soft corals (ricordea, mushrooms, zoanthids, anthelia, xenia, etc). Lighting provided by three 96-watt power compact bulbs, and thus far these have been sufficient in regards to coral growth.
I have been considering switching to T5's (specifically Aquactinics' TX5 with five 39-watt HO
bulbs with individual reflectors). I have no intentions of acquiring SPS
or clams. Would 195-watts of T5 lighting be a significant improvement over my 288-watts of PC
or is it pretty much an even swap? Also, would switching to T5's at this point be too much for my soft corals? I've got several ricordeas about 9"-10" from the top of the tank and xenia about 8" from the top.