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Old 01-03-2005, 10:26 AM   #1
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Upgraded lighte arrive Thursday

Currently I have 260W of PC light over my 72G bowfront. I ordered the Coralife hood with 2 X 150W HQI MH and 2X 96W Actinic PC lights. When I get this new light, is do I need to acclimate the few corals I have to this higher wattage light? I have a candy cane, florida ricordia, red shrooms and a goniapora (sp?).

Also, I am currently losing close to a gallon a day to evaporation. How much can I expect this to increase with the new lighting? I have to do major top offs every other day to keep the salinity constant.

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Old 01-03-2005, 03:12 PM   #2
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You can expect to loose more water with the higher light intensity. I would do some type of photo acclimation. Just run your MH for a few hours a day and increase the time overy couple of days. Within two weeks you should be able to resume your current schedule. Let me know how you like the hood. I really wanted to get that one for my 72 gal. BF but with the legs it is too wide to fit on the tank. I may need to be hung. Let me know how you do it. Thanks! Lando
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Ok, lando, now you have me concerned. I think we have the same tank. What do you mean it's too wide to fit on the tank? Isn't it designed to fit on a 48" tank? I thought I had done all my research and I hope this is not going to be an issue. My tank is located in an area where it is not possible to hang a hood, that's why I purchased this one.
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Yes, we have the same tank. Here is the problem...the light is 48 inches long so it will fit length-wise. However, our tanks are only 13 inches in width and this fixture is designed to fit a width of 15 inches so you will not be able to use the legs that come with it. This fixture is actually designed to fit a rectangular 75 or 90 gal, not the odd shaped bow front tanks. There is good news...I heard Coralife is coming out with a cable driven hanging system so you can suspend the light from the ceiling, much like the light over a pool table. I have not seen it and am not sure when it will be out. Until then, you may need to modify the fiture in order to get it over your tank. I almost got this light myself, but didn't because of this problem.
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