Originally Posted by Readingexcalibur
I have to hop in here, because my nems are two years strong under a 24" quad T5HO. I am also keep a ORA maxima and 2 squamosa clams under my lighting. What it comes down to is the PAR your lighting is giving off. If you are using a bulb like odyssey or anything from a big box retailer, expect low par and poor performance.
I personally use ATI, I am running 2 coral+ and 2 blue+ bulbs with amazing success. The reason I think this is pertinent to bring up here is because I think it is wrong advice to say you cannot keep a nem under a quad T5HO, just have to supply the right quality bulbs.
With that said, I concur with everything else said. Nems just will not prosper in a new tank...
No offense to noobs, but usually their lighting is minimal with inexpensive fixtures and bulbs at the start. It is a expensive hobby to get into. So a lot have less than adequate lighting. So unless you have a good fixture and bulbs a T5HO is not enough lighting. But almost all MH
lighting will support a nem. And with a less than mature tank, the chances go down. Also noobs usually end up with bleached nems (thanks LFS
) which need MH
light if they are to have any chance at all.