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Old 11-07-2012, 01:26 AM   #1
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how is this lighting

Current USA Nova Extreme 2xT5HO - Saltwater Light Aquarium T-5 HO Light Fixtures
i have a 20 gallon fowlr but i noticed i have 2 different types of coral growing and i feel bad that they are transparent and look very floppy lifeless. Currently I have the hood from petsmart so its 30 inches long with a 24 inch t8 light

ive had it for a little longer than a month, the one coral i can see that only showed itself once was a zooanthid, i believe a feather duster

another one i see looks red with white hairs on it, very hard to describe and cant get a pic for the odd angle its in

im open to any lighting suggestions, as well as just a bulb replacement for my fixture if its viable

budget around 100 hopefully less
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Old 11-07-2012, 09:27 AM   #2
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I'm very confused...... One is a zoanthid.... But it's a feather duster?? What??? Feather dusters aren't zoas.... They're worms. And dont need light. They filter feed.
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Old 11-07-2012, 01:25 PM   #3
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ok well then they are worms, i still have a bunch of other things beginning to grow that i cant identify. One of them looks like a flower and I have maybe a dozen on my biggest rock growing in individual spots
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Sounds like you have an aiptasia problem. Can you post pics?
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Old 11-07-2012, 03:19 PM   #5
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ill try to get some but they are way to small to be noticed by my camera i think, i googled it and although it looks similar i cant tell at this stage in growth, most of these look the same to me if they look like a flower

all i see is the leafy part and its not long its short, here is a pic of the feater duster/zooanthid thingy whatever it is
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Old 11-07-2012, 03:42 PM   #6
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i really want to buy this soon, any input on a good t5 set up for a 20 g long

its 30 inches long and my current one uses a 30 inch hood with 24 inch light bulb

i like a blue tint

also i would prefer something that doesnt allow fish to escape
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Old 11-07-2012, 06:26 PM   #7
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I would try to get a 4 bulb t5ho on e-bay. You should be able to stay under $100 and get a pretty good light. It should have 2 10000K bulbs and 2 actinic usually. Should give you what you want. I have odysea fixtures. Some people dont like them, but I have been very happy with mine.

Also, the flower looking things look like aptasia to me and you want to kill them before they over run your tank.
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Old 11-08-2012, 06:47 PM   #8
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ok thanks for the feedback, i just went with the nova xtreme t5ho with 2 bulbs as i read the ones with 4 have poor reflectors and will have high amount of algae
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