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Old 03-01-2012, 01:14 AM   #1
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reef lighting for growth

I wanted to get some opinions on the best reef lighting for sps coral growth and just good coral growth over all. I have a bunch of LPS now that are doing fantastic under a 250 watt 15,000 K metal halide. Thinking I might upgrade to a 400 watt ballast and, from what I am reading, a 6500k bulb. I am going to put some actinic lighting on also to take the yellow out of the water color from the 6500. Tank is a 90 gallon corner. I am hoping I am attaching a picture to this. Thoughts?
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Old 03-01-2012, 01:22 AM   #2
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I don't have the answer but... That's a sweet tank!

What are those in the back top? Mushrooms?
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Old 03-01-2012, 01:25 AM   #3
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Yes those are mushrooms. There are some red ones too but they are covered up by the blue ones.
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Oh and thanks! It's one of my favorites!
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Old 03-01-2012, 01:51 AM   #5
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Wow!! I want mushrooms like that!! Awesome!!!

I just showed my wife the picture. I will be heading to the LFS in search of those mushrooms. I like the idea of them on the back wall. Again amazing tank!
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Old 03-01-2012, 02:40 AM   #6
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What size tank do you have? What's the height? A 400w MH is an awful lot of light. It will most likely bleach some of your corals. I've only seen 400w MH used on deep tanks.... 30"+ deep tanks. If your corals are doing great, why change to 400s? I'd probably just add some t5s for actinics to get the colors you're looking for. 250s on regular size tanks is a great way to go.
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Go and get led the 400 w will burn your coral unless u start with the light up high and then lower it weekly
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Are they blue or purple mushrooms they look good
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Old 03-01-2012, 11:59 PM   #9
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pretty sure they are purple
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