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Old 01-19-2009, 04:21 PM   #1
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Best Anemone for Clowns?

I have a couple True Percs, still unsexed, and I'm wondering what kind of Anemone they'd like. I don't have fantastic lighting (PC 3 WPG) and I know that's a factor.

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There is really no guarantee that the clowns will host the anenome. I know I bought one and had to get rid of it as my clowns totally ignored it for some corals in my tank. I`m also concerned that your lighting is not enough in your tank.
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They may or may not take to an anemone. Typically they will take to a Bubble Tip but again there are no guarantees. Lighting may be an issue for you more then the fish taking to it.
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That's pretty low WPG, but you'll find that many people on here suggest that WPG doesn't really apply to Saltwater, and that's an outdated method of calculation for lighting requirements.
I had a pink tip under PC, and it walked around alot (sign of stress)...it would go all the way to the top of the tank (needed more light), and by your comparison I had 5 WPG. It wasn't enough. I recommend MH lighting before keeping an anemone, or maybe T-5 VHO lighting. Anyways, my fireclown loved the anemone. I just had to take him out of there 'cause he wasn't happy...the clown uses the Xenia colonies in my tank as it's host now.
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Wow. Okay well I guess I'll hold off on the Anemone. Thanks guys!
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As stated above WPG is really outdated. We use it as a reference or a guide but a broad one. Intensity and Par are better to go with today`s lighting. T5`s and MH`s are definitely better to use because of their higher intensity. You might get by with VHO`s if you had 4 bulbs or more.
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Old 01-25-2009, 06:13 PM   #8
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melosu (or anyone else who can provide an answer:

You said wpg is outdated and intensity and Par are how one determines adequate lighting- would you explain this further, or provide some link to a site that can explain it well? I'm assuming intensity has to do w/ measuring the output in kelvin, but I have no clue what Par is. I'd love to be able to measure lighting in something similar to wpg. Thanks!

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PAR = Photosynthetically Active Radiation

Have a look at this link for some more information. You can also plug it into google.

Melevsreef.com - PAR Measurements Taken

Here is another link I found:
Aquarium Lighting; Kelvin, Nanometers, PAR, Bulb, Watt, MH, LED, light basics.
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Thanks ziggy! Also, I got very distracted reading about your tank build. I'm only about half way through, but very interesting!
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