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Old 05-09-2011, 05:06 AM   #1
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lighting for 55g tank

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I know I will want to eventually get into reef keeping, so I need some suggestions on lighting.

I have a light strip that is 48" inches in length. It takes two fluorescent bulbs. My tank is 48"x13"x19" approximately.

I currently have:

Coralife 10,000K F28-T5-BP
Coralife ColorMax F28-T5-BP (says a 20/10 on the other side of the bulb), no idea the K.

One bulb is much brighter than the other.

Can I keep one of these bulbs and get an actinic bulb? Or what should I get?
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Well if you plan on getting into reef keeping you should probably upgrade the whole light fixture.. to a higher output fixture...
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i'd say go with atleast a 4 lamp unit if you eventually plan on going reef
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Well if you plan on getting into reef keeping you should probably upgrade the whole light fixture.. to a higher output fixture...
Like what?
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well it all depends on what type of corals your trying to keep... You can keep many corals with a simple 4 bulb t5 fixture... t5 fixtures are nice and produce little heat..
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well it all depends on what type of corals your trying to keep... You can keep many corals with a simple 4 bulb t5 fixture... t5 fixtures are nice and produce little heat..
I will look into that then. I will not try anything extreme or anything with high intensity lighting. You know, just the beginner corals. Been looking at the beginner pack on liveaquaria.com.

This will be a while off from now but it is nice to know and to research things.

So a 4 bulb T5 unit.
NO, HO, or VHO?
What kind of wattage or K and do I need actinic lights, too?

Tank is 19-20" deep
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Old 05-10-2011, 01:18 AM   #7
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Would this be sufficient?
Aquarium Lighting: Marineland T5-48 Deluxe 48" Deluxe T5 Daylight/Actinic Light

I hate to waste the dual bulb fixture I already have though.
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definately better to do the research before buying, it will save you money. I say t5 HO....normally a 4 bulb would be 216watts (54w x 4) and will come with 2 daylight bulbs and 2 actinic bulb.
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Yea, that's a good one. When I upgrade to a 55 gallon I'm going with metal halides right from the beginning, but only because my electricity bill is super cheap. And 14k 250 watt plus rite metal halides are 12 dollars a piece O_o.

Acitinics are definitely needed though so that fixture you're looking at is the way to go. About 4 watts per gallon is very nice. You could see if they have another good 2 bulb fixture, but then you'd need another ballast.
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Yeah, I think I'll buy new bulbs for my existing 2 bulb fixture, and then get another 2 bulb fixture with the same bulbs, so I would end up with:

2 x 54W Sun Wave Super Daylight 12,000įK
2 x 54W Blue Wave Super Blue Actinic 460

That would be 216 watts and save me money by using the fixture I already have
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