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Old 09-29-2011, 11:13 PM   #1
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Cheapest reef lighting???

I Need to find the cheapest reef capable lighting fixture for my 48" long 24" tall 55 gallon tank. I've found several double light t5 HO strips but I don't think that would be enough for corals.... I'm mainly looking for a light to house softies and as cheap as possible please!!!!
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Softies will thrive under double t5ho fixtures. You could even get 2 for a total of 4 bulbs.
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As a disclaimer, I have absolutely no idea about coral lighting requirements... But... if a 4x54w T5HO is sufficient, this would be a good option to look at. I have 5 of their fixtures for my planted tanks and love them... cheap but good quality... external ballasts, and individual reflectors.
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As a disclaimer, I have absolutely no idea about coral lighting requirements... But... if a 4x54w T5HO is sufficient, this would be a good option to look at. I have 5 of their fixtures for my planted tanks and love them... cheap but good quality... external ballasts, and individual reflectors.
That's not a good option to look at..... It's a GREAT option to look at. I would recommend those fixtures to any person starting off.



Btw, you really don't know coral lighting requirements? Are you solely a freshwater guy?
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I know requirements for softies... My lfs said that t5s are fine as long as they aren't too far from the surface i just wanted to find a cheap fixture and yes I've been a freshwater guy for years and this is my first marine I'll be starting a fowlr and later turning it into a soft reef.
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I know requirements for softies... My lfs said that t5s are fine as long as they aren't too far from the surface i just wanted to find a cheap fixture and yes I've been a freshwater guy for years and this is my first marine I'll be starting a fowlr and later turning it into a soft reef.
No I'm sorry the coral light requirement was directed towards mfdrookie since I thought he had a reef tank lol.
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