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Old 06-22-2004, 06:49 PM   #1
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What can I keep with this lighting?

Right now, I just have the single 48" NO fluorescent that came with my tank, which is OK since I am starting with FO. Of course, the more time I spend reading your posts and looking through the photo gallery, the more I know I will be moving to a reef.

What might I expect to keep in a 75 gal with a 48" Satellite 2x65 watt SunPaq with Lunar Lights? Also, would I still be able to (or need to) use my NO lighting.

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Old 06-22-2004, 07:00 PM   #2
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I was told that with 4+ watts per gallon of compact flourescents, I could keep pretty much any soft coral. This is in a shallower, 40gallon breeder tank, with 2x96 watt PC's.
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Pretty much, all corals are going to require P/C lighting at a minimum. N/O lights just doing have the Par rating needed to sustian corals for any lenght of time. You could keep some non-photosythetic "corals" such as ceranthid Tube anemones or sun corals. But both of these derive their food from the water column and must be hand fed. I would suggest sticking with a F/O or FOWLER tank until you can invest in a good lighting system. Decide what kind of corals you would like to keep, then purchase the proper lighting. Do do like most of us did and just buy what you can afford then find the corals that will work under that lighting. enevitably you will upgrade down the road and will have spent that money twice. As always...be patient and do it right the first time.
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Old 06-22-2004, 07:29 PM   #4
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Pretty much, all corals are going to require P/C lighting at a minimum. N/O lights just doing have the Par rating needed to sustian corals for any lenght of time. You could keep some non-photosythetic "corals" such as ceranthid Tube anemones or sun corals. But both of these derive their food from the water column and must be hand fed. I would suggest sticking with a F/O or FOWLER tank until you can invest in a good lighting system. Decide what kind of corals you would like to keep, then purchase the proper lighting. Do do like most of us did and just buy what you can afford then find the corals that will work under that lighting. enevitably you will upgrade down the road and will have spent that money twice. As always...be patient and do it right the first time.
The lighting I gave as an example is PC. It is 2x65 with lunar lights.
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You should definetly look at something w/ more power especially if your not going to add MH. Corals generally need anywhere from minimum 3 watts per gal. on up depending on the type. W/ 2x65 on a 75 gal. you'll probably only be able to do shrooms, maybe some polyps.
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Re: What can I keep with this lighting?

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What might I expect to keep in a 75 gal with a 48" Satellite 2x65 watt SunPaq with Lunar Lights? Also, would I still be able to (or need to) use my NO lighting.

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Sorry...it sounded like it was N/O flourescents. I didnt see you state that you had p/c...just n/o.
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lol you guys have got to be kidding me so you believe everything you here? I have 4w per of NO light (half 03 and half 10k) and I am growing plates,zoo's,leathers of 2 kinds, hammer coral (doing great) so I dont buy it they are all growing good. I also have 2 small grows of orange montipora that are growing at a slow pace ,but still growing.
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Re: What can I keep with this lighting?

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What might I expect to keep in a 75 gal with a 48" Satellite 2x65 watt SunPaq with Lunar Lights? Also, would I still be able to (or need to) use my NO lighting.

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Sorry...it sounded like it was N/O flourescents. I didnt see you state that you had p/c...just n/o.
No problem. All the lingo just kind of runs together sometimes. So, it sounds like I should look for a 4x65 PC or more. I found a coralife 4x65 pc for on sale for $199 online. Is that especially good or am I likely to find it at that price on a regular basis?
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lol you guys have got to be kidding me so you believe everything you here? I have 4w per of NO light (half 03 and half 10k) and I am growing plates,zoo's,leathers of 2 kinds, hammer coral (doing great) so I dont buy it they are all growing good. I also have 2 small grows of orange montipora that are growing at a slow pace ,but still growing.
Even with a scenario like yours I'd have to upgrade. The tank only came with a single 48" 40w. I figure if I'm going to spend any additional money on lighting, I might as well go PC since there is not that much difference in price until you jump up to the MH.
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lol you guys have got to be kidding me so you believe everything you here? I have 4w per of NO light (half 03 and half 10k) and I am growing plates,zoo's,leathers of 2 kinds, hammer coral (doing great) so I dont buy it they are all growing good. I also have 2 small grows of orange montipora that are growing at a slow pace ,but still growing.
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