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Old 08-28-2011, 05:33 PM   #1
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Question First SW tank!

I got a great deal on a 72gal bowfront aquarium off craigslist! It was setup for FW, but I want to convert it to SW. I've kept FW in the past, but this is my first go at SW, so I need some help figuring out some things.

What is considered "low", "moderate" or "high" light for coral?

The tank I got came with 4 t-5 32W bulbs. Would that be enough for "beginner corals" like these?
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t5 lamps don't come in 32watts. if they are 4' bulbs and are in fact t5s they will be 54 watts a piece, and yes, you can keep those corals under them.
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Old 08-28-2011, 06:08 PM   #3
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48" T8's come in 32 watts.

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then i would probably use 2 of these-
Verilux T8 4ft - Grow Bulb 32W 6280K 901608
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CORALIFE/ESU 32 Watt 20000 K T8 Fluorescent Bulb 48"
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Old 08-28-2011, 07:50 PM   #5
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Yeah, they are actually T-8s

Thanks for the quick answers and suggestions!

I'm considering costs next: how often would I have to change T-8s, vs. getting LEDs? The guy at the LFS swears that LEDs are the way to go, less energy costs, heating/cooling costs, etc., but then... maybe he just wants to sell me some expensive lights!
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That's true in a way. I'd go with t5 maybe a 6 bulb system so you can keep more than low light corals.
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