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Old 08-08-2013, 02:09 PM   #1
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Lights..can I? Should I?

Getting back into a reef. The tank is a 75 Gallon and I drilled it two days ago. I recently purchased the Coralife four bulb compact fluorescent with lunar lights. The guys at my local store said I made a mistake and T5 HO was the only way to go. Now I'm wondering if I can by a Coralife two bulb T5 HO, place them in front of the CF, and use them all together??? Thoughts???
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And it should be "buy", not "by"! Lol
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Old 08-08-2013, 02:22 PM   #3
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2 bulb on a 75 wont let you keep much. Can you take the CF back and upgrade to a 4 bulb T5 or some LED's? What are you wanting to keep? With 4 T5's you can keep soft and some LPS corals but no SPS...
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That's what I was afraid of. I was hoping using both lights would increase my ability to keep a better variety. To answer your question of "what I'm going to keep?" I really don't know. I do know I want to keep whatever my 8 year old likes.
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While keeping your 8 year old happy, be careful about what you buy. Removing dead fish and corals are not a lesson you want to teach him/her. Just be conservative.
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kids love anemones and those lights won't support one, just fyi...
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T5 is not the only way to go. While I do like them better than power compacts, There are metal halides and also LEDs that will work. LEDs being the most efficient of them all.
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And LEDs are getting cheaper every day.
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And LEDs are getting cheaper every day.
still pretty pricey though
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I paid $225 for my LEDs from eBay. Yea they are Chinese but they seem to work great for the money. Make sure they are dimmables
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