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Old 07-15-2003, 04:24 PM   #1
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I am new to reef tanks...I've done the fish only thing, but now I am thrown into Lighting, lighting, and more lighting. All I hear is watts per gallon. More is better?? I am not sure. I have a power compact and regular Flo on my tank for 140 watts. I am told that it is still not enough to doing soft or hard corals. How much and what kind do I need?
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What's the size and type of your tank?
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92-gallon corner tank, 100lbs of LR, 140lbs of sand, 250watt 10,000K MH, 110watts of actinic PCs, Mag 7 return, custom refugium, AquaC EV180 w/ Mag 5

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55 gal. normal 48"x12"
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So you have a 96W PC and a 40W NO bulb. Is the PC 10K and the NO Actinic? If so i think you have enough for most soft corals.

Hard corals are gonna want more light usually.
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Old 07-15-2003, 08:27 PM   #5
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my pc is 50/50, but I can change it out, do i even need an Actinic bulb?
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if your going to keep corals its good to have an actinic bulb. actinic lighting can really enhance your fish's coloration aswell.

dont change it out till you need t replace them.

I replace my PC's every 9 months and NO's are recommended for 6 months replacment.
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Do VHO's use the same fixture as NO lights?
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VHO requires a special ballast. The bulbs appear like standard florecent tubes aside from the need for the special VHO ballast.
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