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Old 03-05-2008, 04:56 PM   #1
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Lighting question ---

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I am purchasing a 36", 95 watt Current single sattelite compact flourescent setup.

Will this be enough light for anenomes and different types of growth?
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Compact Fluorescent Aquarium Lighting: Single Satellite Compact Fluorescent Fixtures

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Gotta tell people what size tank you have that way they will have and idea about how many watts per gallon you have. There is more to it the just watts per gallon like depth in the tank and light intensity but the watts per gallon rules of thumb are a good place to start.
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It's a 36" fixture, so it's somewhere between a 30g and a 50g... my guess is closer to a 50g.

Either way, it's a single fixture and while I'm not an anemone expert I'm pretty sure that's not going to cut it. You *might* be OK for very low light corals, but you're going to want something twice that wattage to start thinking about LPS corals and probably a bit more than twice that for anenomes.
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i'm sorry. my tank is 30 gallon and 16 inch depth.

i am striving for a peaceful community with a small range of corals and possibly an anemone to go with my clown fish.
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A BTA (bubble tip anemone) may be ok with that lighting in that size tank however most anemones like a lot of light. Personally I would look into a T5 fixture over the PC. T5 bulbs have a better PAR rating and they will last longer. They don't get nearly as hot as the PCs do either. For the same amount of money you are going to spend on that fixture you could get this New T5ho t5-ho 3ft / 4LAMP Aquarium lighting - eBay (item 110229585045 end time Mar-08-08 22:24:40 PST) for about the same thing and it will give you enough light to do most anything you want.

Check on ebay for some T5 fixtures I'm sure you could find something that will work in that price range.
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yeah that is about exactly what I am about to pay for the other one. What is PAR rating mean?

I see here that these are 2x39 Watt bulbs, which would total 78 watts. But they are in white and blue. Hm.. what does the different color do?

This would give me enough light to grow lots more than the fixture I was going to buy?
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That fixture actually has 4 bulbs at 39 watts each.
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That T5 fixture does not show you the reflector design. T5 output is very reflector dependant. A high quality parabolic reflector over each bulb is necessary to get the true benefit (full light output and PAR) of a T5 bub.

Look at these or these for a comparison.
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hi guys. you are being a great help and i appreciate it.

reflector design... is this something I can customize myself if the supplied reflector is inadequate? Is this a small project or is it something that must come with the fixture
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