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Old 06-08-2007, 12:48 AM   #1
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Lighting for my new Aquarium

Hello. I am new to saltwater and am currently cycling my tank. Today I ordered a new lighting system because the one that came with my tank is no good. I purchased an Odyssea. Here are the specs.

2x 65w Straight pins 12000K Daylight PC Bulb.
2x 65W Straight pins True Actinic PC Bulb.
1x Acrylic lens

I have a 55 gallon tank and I plan on buying Live Rock when I move.

Will this lighting be sufficient to support anenomies and coral? Did I buy a good system?? I am in college and not loaded with money so it seemed like a good buy.

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It will depend on what types of corals you get. I would avoid Hard Corals and Clams, most other things should be okay. It would be best for you to avoid a glass cover on your tank though so that no light gets blocked out. If you do use glass, do your best to keep them spotless.

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Old 06-08-2007, 07:12 AM   #3
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you would be good with LPS and softies , as for clams and anenomes they require stable tanks that are up for a year with out issues . Most prefer to say MH for the clam and anenome but some folks have kept them under pc sucessfully , and just suppliment thier feeding weekly.
That seems like a decient system ... As for the LR you really do need it for cycling your tank properyly . It adds to the bio filtration as well as giving you the boost for your cycle , and gives your bio bacteria a place to grow and thrive
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Light is fine for medium light corals but most anemones would require double the wattage. Why do you want an anemone? If it's for a clown to host it's not necessary, especially for tank raised clowns.

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