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Old 09-16-2009, 03:58 PM   #1
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I have a major issue. My light wont turn on! It was on this AM and then just went out. I tried resetting the switch on it and all. Nothing. Its just sitting there with its power light on, but no main lights. Im guessing the ballast is the problem?
I dont know what to do! I have alot of coral in the tank including a Crocea clam.

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Old 09-16-2009, 04:00 PM   #2
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Based on the assumption that you have already checked the buld and connections, the only reason why it would fail would be due to ballast failure. Whats your setup and what type of ballest is it?

Whats the age of the ballest? Let us know the brand so we know its reliability issues.
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Hello,
Yes I checked the connections inside and all if it looks solid. The ballast is some kind of electronic ballast and its designed to run 4-24W T5 bulbs. The light is made by WavePoint Technology. 24in 4-24W T5 light.
As for the age, I am not sure. I bought it "new" on ebay. I have had it for about 1 month. It looked to be new. Perfect condition.

EDIT: I just ordered a Current USA Sundial. I hope it gets here in time for my corals sake! I am back to my old light which is just a 65W 50/50 PC bulb...Sheesh...What do you guys think? How long do I have to get some decent lighting back on the clam? I also have a hammer coral, and some brain corals along with various zoas and ricordeas.
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Old 09-16-2009, 05:21 PM   #5
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It is a 20 gallon tank.
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Yo should try and concentrate the PC light directly over the clam if you can. You used to have 96watts over that 20G, and now you have 65watt. I'm not expert on lights, but i would concentrate the light on the coral/clams that need the most light exposure.
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Won't really matter IMO. PC doesn't even have the amount of light to support a clam to begin with.
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Lol, alrighty then, just concentrate the PC lights over the high light exposure coral. Guess your clam just caught a bad break. :/
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If you have the lighting overtop of the corals then your hammer and brain corals should be OK. I`m still concerned about the clam unless it`s a squamosa clam.
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Oh no...I dont want to hear that the clam will die! How long does my clam have to live? I ordered the new light just now. (96W total T5 lighting).
The clam is a crocea...Yea I know...Lotsa light. Ive had him under the T5 for some time now and it was doing well. Shouldnt it be alright (as in, it will limp along) for a few days under PC lights?
I have the clam about 9in away from the PC lights and the hammer coral about 10in away now.
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