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Old 08-27-2009, 04:52 AM   #1
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Lighting on my tank.

I am looking at this light setup Aquarium Lighting for Reef Systems: Current Nova Extreme Pro Saltwater T-5 Fixtures will it be enough to have corals? My tank is 20" tall... It would be the 36" 234W
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Old 08-27-2009, 11:26 AM   #2
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This is for your 58g tank?

What kind of corals are you wanting? this will determine how much lighting you need.
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I think in my current money situation its going to be the other way around haha. Type of corals I can have will be determined by the lights I can afford. What can I get using this light setup?
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bump the thread maybe? any advice is appriciated.
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With 39 watts per bulb your limitation would be in penetration. 20" is about the limit for 54 watts t-5's. You would have to put your corals in the upper half to 3/4 of your tank. you would also have dead spots on both ends of your tank. Zoas and some lps corals may be okay. your problem would be with color and growth.IMO
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Ok so what lighting do you suggest??? I pretty much want to be able to get whatever corals I like lol. I also dont want to spend 600 bucks on lights.... I like the look of these setups though.
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Can i get some options? Im to new to decide on my own lol. It is a 36" tank and 20" tall. 18" deep (front to back)
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If the tank is 36" then that light that you showed in the first post may be okay. Like I said your tank is pretty deep and that is where the problem lays. If you do as I said and put the light hungry corals in the upper portion of your tank you would be okay. If you wanted all sps corals then MH is the only way. How good are you at DIY? making your own hood and putting your lights in kit form you could save lots of money.
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