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Old 01-15-2012, 10:58 AM   #1
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55 gal. Reef start up

I'm new to the site, ( and reef keeping ) but I know I've come to the right place! My first question, ( of many ) is lighting. As an electrician, I had a 4 lamp T5 HO setup in my basement. Is that a decent amount of light for corals? If so, what color temp should I go with on those 4 lamps? Should I mix it up? 10k with 6.5k etc.? Talk to me people my tanks fate is in your hands!
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If it is individual reflectors it is better but you can use them with just one reflector. I like the ati bulbs ATI T5 Lamps I like the special purple, 2 aqua blue and one special blue. I have 4 t5s over my 55 in those colors to give you an idea what you can get to grow and light color
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Old 01-15-2012, 04:53 PM   #3
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Thank you! I'm going to check out those links. I appreciate your help!
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Just checked out your vid. Gorgeous tank! Nothing like a little inspiration! Thanks for sharing. Hopefully I'll be sharing some pics/ vids soon!
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I look forward to seeing it all set up.

There is a couple of things you will want to get a refractometer and a good quality test kit. Take your time when doing a saltwater tank only things bad things happen fast in this hobby.
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