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Old 08-31-2010, 11:53 AM   #1
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I am looking at installing lights in my canopy for a 75g FOWLR and suggestions of how many lights I should put in. Right now I am thinking about 2 VHO, one blue and one white. Will this be enough lighting or should I go to three or four? Thanks
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If you don't plan on adding coral to the tank then the light is really for aesthetic purposes only. One or two bulbs would be fine. I would go with two just because it gives the tank a nice bright look and then if you wanted to try putting an actinic bulb in down the road to make the colors pop you have that option.
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Thanks for the help.
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Old 08-31-2010, 04:26 PM   #4
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a 4 bulb t5 unit is fairly cheap and will allow some corals if you get the bug later which you will
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I would stay really cheap, use T8's or T12's if its fish only. If you get a 4 bulb T5 fixture, its not going to be enough to do much coral and you will end up replacing it anyway, which will just be money wasted.
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I have VHO bulbs and I believe the 4 foot bulbs are 110 watts. 220 watts will get you by with soft corals and most LPS corals. I did it for 7 yrs with my 55 gallon tank.
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Thanks everyone for the advice and yes, I probably will get the itch for corals down the road. I have already thought about it but don't want to get to "deep" being a beginner.
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Why dont you do the retrofits and do 4 VHO bulbs. That`s what I have now. 4 Six foot bulbs at 160 watts each.
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i have a 4 bulb t5 light and have no problem with my coral
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