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Old 06-17-2009, 09:00 AM   #1
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hey everyone i wanted to ask some lighting questons befor i get started on my hood, right now i have a 24 inch 20 watt coralife 100% actinic in an aqueon hood, can i run bulbs like these to grow soft-medium coral?
if so what other bulbs do i need (like a 5050 or 10k)? i was thinking 4 if its ok.
im really good at woodworking and i cant bring myself to purchase one of these t5 crazy over the top hoods just need some recomendations
thanks neil

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I have mostly soft and LPS corals in my tank and use VHO lighting. I use 2 super actinic and 2 50/50 bulbs. I use a retro fit system and you can see it right here

As you see I dont use a canopy. I capture alot of my lighting using URI bulbs that have internal reflectors and then the dome reflector to capture any stray lighting. Runs much cooler than a canopy. We have a pretty good discussion on lighting at this thread if you have not seen it yet.

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