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Old 06-16-2004, 09:57 PM   #1
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What lightingfor anenomes and other coral life?

What type of lights do I need ot have anenomes and other organisms that grow on live rock and coral?
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Old 06-16-2004, 10:09 PM   #2
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MH for sps corals, anemones (although anemones don't do well in captivity no matter what) MH, VHO, and/or PC for lps and soft corals. A "loose" general rule of thunb is 3-5 watts per gallon of tank capacity.
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The general rule of thumb for coral is 4-6 watts per gallon, and soft corals will live and often thrive under normal output flourescents at a little less if they are within 10 or so inches of the light source. I do not have experience with anenomes but their light requirements are higher and the intensity must also b higher like halides, though don't quote me on that one. I have noticed the stupid aiptasia anenome seems to do just fine under 4 watts per gallon in my reef. It won't take long before the electric meter will be spinning like crazy and you'll be saying "Hmmm, I wonder if I can wire one more bulb into this thing somehow"
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