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Old 09-12-2004, 06:55 PM   #1
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what lighting do i need?

right now i have 1 no florecent...i want to beable to keep some soft corals to liven up my tank...i really like xenias (however u spellit) what light would i need for a 30gal 36" long...any references to a good kit ect... also i searched on ebay and found the brand JEBO for PC for really cheap is this a good or bad brand? i just want a few corals and dont want to spend a ton on lighting right now as im a very pore college student...btw i want pc lighting
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Old 09-12-2004, 07:30 PM   #2
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2x96 CF would allow you to keep everything except SPS. 1X96 would allow you some low-medium light softies if kept higher in the tank. I am happy with my Coralife PC's but there are a couple other brands out there. Xenia's usually require medium-high light but I'm sure some reefers have been successful with less.
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You might consider a 6500 Iwasaki 250W MH in the center with actinic on the side to supplement. I think you can run these on a mercury vapor ballast (cheap). Even a regular 250W MH ballast is only $40-50. MH will keep your options open for later and REALLY jump start your reef.
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Old 09-13-2004, 01:41 AM   #4
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phases...what kind of bulbs are we talkin on the 1x96 and the 2x96...antic, 50/50...ect... i have no clue what each of those different bulbs does and what i need
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phases...what kind of bulbs are we talkin on the 1x96 and the 2x96...antic, 50/50...ect... i have no clue what each of those different bulbs does and what i need
For a 1x96 I would get a 50/50 (half actinic/half daylight. For a 2x96 I would get one actinic and one daylight bulb. This combination will give you a good balance of functionality and aesthetics.
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thank u very much for the info phases...very helpful!
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Old 09-15-2004, 11:26 PM   #9
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I would go with two CF bulbs as well. One 10000K and one actinic. If you just want to keep some softies and shrooms and xenia the CF will save you $$ and do just fine.
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