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Old 12-16-2012, 03:39 PM   #1
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Hi. I have a 10 gallon nano reef. I have a fair amount of corals and there doing alright but I'm not sure if the lighting is really good enough. I have a 20 gallon strip light and a 20 inch HI (high intensity) light. Is that good enough? If not what should I upgrade too?
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Old 12-16-2012, 03:40 PM   #2
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Gonna need more info then that. Do you mean a single T8 and a single T5 HO?
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Old 12-16-2012, 03:58 PM   #3
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Idk I guess. One is a strip light you'd get from a 20 gallon aquarium kit. The box for the other says its a t5 HI high intensity light.
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You may have ok light for soft and some LPS corals. What do each of the bulbs say and how old are the bulbs? Is it a single T5 light strip? What's the fixture brand?
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It's solarmax I think and it says HE high efficiency not high intensity my bad. And it only has one bulb. The bulb on the 20g strip says its a t8. The other bulb doesn't say.
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You could keep the lowest light requirement corals maybe but even those may Brown out under that little lighting.
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Old 12-16-2012, 04:11 PM   #7
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Ok we'll what should I get instead.
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Old 12-16-2012, 04:18 PM   #8
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It will kinda depend on the direction you wanna go with corals but to give you a good direction I would either do 2-4 bulb t5 high output, a taotronics led dimmable fixture, or 1 150w MH if temperature is NOT an issue already.
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Old 12-16-2012, 04:21 PM   #9
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Ok. Do you know where I could get one online for a fairly good price.
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Old 12-16-2012, 04:26 PM   #10
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EBay or craigslist are usually your best bet (amazon too).. brand new in store reef lighting can become very expensive but lighting a 10 gallon shouldn't cost you more then $250 unless you wanna get a LED with all the bells and whistles.
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