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Old 03-17-2011, 08:12 PM   #1
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Would one T5 HO 10,000k bulb be enough to support corals in a 16 gal. bow front tank

Would one T5 HO 10,000k bulb be enough to support corals in a 16 gallon bow front tank??
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That might be cutting it close for coral. You may be able to keep really low light coral in there but it would not be optimal conditions. I would say at least a 2 bulb fixture if you want to keep coral.
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Old 03-18-2011, 01:22 PM   #3
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How tall is the tank? You might be able to situate some coals higher up to compensate for the lighting.
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Old 03-18-2011, 01:26 PM   #4
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Yea I was thinking I'd need a two bulb fixture also I just dont want to pay for it lol it's 18" tall
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Old 03-18-2011, 01:37 PM   #5
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I understand completely; I'm always reefing with a budget in mind. How wide is you bowfront? I've seen some decent lights (dual T5 HO) for under $100. But they may still not be enough wattage for your situation.
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Old 03-19-2011, 08:04 PM   #6
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Yea it's 20" long 13" wide and 18" tall I don't even have it yet I'm just tryin to plan ahead
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Check out Light Fixtures | Linens 'n Things or T5-HO Light for some more inexpensive lights that would work. If you go used make sure you figure on the cost for new bulbs.
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Old 03-19-2011, 10:09 PM   #8
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If you were to go with the Current USA Novas, got to petmountain.com; they're almost $20 cheaper there. Your tank is narrow (about the size of a rectangular 10G) and high. If you wanted to keep almost any kind of corals, you're probably going to have to go with metal halides and those aren't cheap.
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Old 03-19-2011, 10:59 PM   #9
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Alright thanks for the help you guys
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I would go to aquatraders.com it is a great website with cheap prices.

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