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Old 05-27-2011, 03:38 AM   #1
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Would this Light Work for Chaeto?

I have been looking for a small light to put over a small HoB refugium that will be going on my nano. I plan to just keep some Chaeto in there with some live rock rubble. I found a 36 LED light from AQUATOP that says you can select between green, red, blue, and daylight. My question is on how well this will really work for macro. I canít seem to find kelvin anywhere or a lumen output. I am thinking that the daylight with the reds would be good for Chaeto, but plz let me know what you guys think. Thanks for the help!

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probably, but it seems like a lot of money to keep algae alive. i use a 6 dollar clip on fixture from home depot and a curly-Q energy saver bulb. most of the bulbs for household use have plenty of red in them.
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Old 05-29-2011, 01:12 PM   #3
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I kept a 2300k halogen bulb on my fuge.... Well long story short it dis not do so well. So I currently have a 6500k cfl bulb. It was like $10. So far so good
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i would use the same thing, but doesn't chaeto grow best in 6500k lighting?
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Old 05-29-2011, 01:14 PM   #5
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That's what I fig. I just went with the natural daylight cfl at 6500k
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Old 05-29-2011, 01:38 PM   #6
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i've also read that corals grow best in 6500k lighting so i na fuge when you're trying to nurse corals back you can always use a high powered PC with 6500k planted FW bulbs
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This is kind of a side thought... I have heard that corals such a Xenia and feather dusters are great at filter feeding... Would it be beneficial to have a section of a sump filled with such corals? I thought in the future when I upgrade my sump from a 10gal to a 20 long I might include a section
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if you are going to keep xenia, i would say it's best to have it in the refugium. otherwise it overgrows everything in the dt and is a PITA to keep controlled.
feather dusters don't filter enough to be worth while.
i also recommend 6500k lamps for algae. i learned from hydroponics websites that it's ideal, however, i've grown macros under assorted lighting, so i would say they will grow under any full spectrum lamp.

if i was trying to nurse back a coral, i would want it under my best lighting, not some plant bulb in the refugium.
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Yeah I'm def thinking on putting some Xenia in the fuge. I'm also thinking on maybe connecting a frag tank to my sump then to the dt.
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Thanks for all of your input. I already have a clip on light from home depot with a 6500k CFL and I originally planned on using that. The only problem is that behind my tank you can see lampshade from all angles because it is a HoB refugium. Any ideas on a small 6500k light that I could use?
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