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Old 12-13-2012, 10:09 PM   #1
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So heres a stupid question. I just upgraded my light from a yr old aqueon flouresant light to a coralife dual t5 with the 10k and the actinic bulbs. Turned it on and my fish are going crazy. Dippin in and out of the rocks, dashing from one end of the tank to the other. This normal considering this light is drastically brighter?
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Old 12-13-2012, 10:39 PM   #2
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So heres a stupid question. I just upgraded my light from a yr old aqueon flouresant light to a coralife dual t5 with the 10k and the actinic bulbs. Turned it on and my fish are going crazy. Dippin in and out of the rocks, dashing from one end of the tank to the other. This normal considering this light is drastically brighter?
They just need to adjust. It should stop after a few days.
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They just need to adjust. It should stop after a few days.
Thanks. Def lookin forward to being able to add corals now so i hope it dont take them long to adjust.
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It shouldn't. Mine did the same thing when I pulled the typical ones off a 55 and added 4 t5s across the entire tank. They went from about 25 watts to about 254 watts, as I wanted corals like you do. They should all be fine in a couple few days. Are your new lights on timers?
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Old 12-14-2012, 12:16 AM   #5
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No. I usually turn them on around 10ish and turn them off bout 9ish. Each bulb is 54watts i believe. Is that good enough for most corals or should i eventually get 2 more t5's?
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Old 12-14-2012, 07:03 AM   #6
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Most corals will need atleast 4 t5's.
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Yea thats wat i figured. Wat would u suggest that would be safe with the 2?
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Yea thats wat i figured. Wat would u suggest that would be safe with the 2?
I have a 2 bulb HO T5 on my 29 gallon and have some corals. I would say don't try any sps. I have a hammer, duncan, trumpet, lobo, finger leather, Kenya tree and some polyps. All seem to be doing great and are showing new growth, except for the lobo but I don't expect to see that. I don't target feed any of them so the lighting I have seems to be enough. I try to avoid any high light corals and place the moderate light corals up near the middle of my tank.
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I have a 2 bulb HO T5 on my 29 gallon and have some corals. I would say don't try any sps. I have a hammer, duncan, trumpet, lobo, finger leather, Kenya tree and some polyps. All seem to be doing great and are showing new growth, except for the lobo but I don't expect to see that. I don't target feed any of them so the lighting I have seems to be enough. I try to avoid any high light corals and place the moderate light corals up near the middle of my tank.
Thanks this is def good news! I was thinking of starting with a kenya tree, button polyps, and possibly a torch coral for now. And maybe some mushrooms.
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Duncans, Pipe Organs, Star Polyps, kenya Trees, and mushrooms should all do fine with 4 T5s. I know I have all of those on my 55 gallon.
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