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Old 04-10-2005, 06:38 PM   #1
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lighting question

ok my hood is 36 incehs and i was wondering if there is a bulb i can buy for that fixture that will give me the neccesary lighting for anenomes so my clowns may host with them i have a couple of what they call atlantice anenomes and found out the hard way they kill fish they said i need lite for them i have 2 and they have lived for 3 or 4 months now but i only paid 5 dollars but before i drop 40 or 50 i d like to see if you have any suggestions
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Old 04-11-2005, 02:35 AM   #2
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Not exactly clear on your hardware, but there are plenty of lighting system available for 36" tanks. I'd recommend Coralife PC fixtures for a tank 3 feet long... Lots of places sell them and they are great lights.
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Old 04-11-2005, 09:36 AM   #3
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Your gonna need to give us more info. What size tank is this? What kind of lighting do you have now.
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Old 04-11-2005, 11:51 AM   #4
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its a 30 gal tank and its a light i bought from pets mart sorry i dont know what exactly is but its the fluorecent bulb you would have in like an office drop ceiling is there any bulbs for this fixture
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Sounds like you have one of those plasic normal florecent fixtures. The high output lights that will be needed for anenomes and corals will produce alot more heat than I feel comfortable having with those plastic hoods.

For a 30 gal tank I would suggest two 96W power compact bulbs. These would be best in a home made canopy out of wood allowing for ventalation.
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okay cool is there any sites with diagrams of how to do this
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Old 04-11-2005, 04:00 PM   #7
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The lighting kit would be sold as a 'retrofit' kit. This kit will almost always come with a wiring diagram on how to wire up the endcaps and plug. As far as the canopy there are many designs out there I would first look in our DIY forum as I know many members have phosted photos and drawings of what they ahve built. The powercompacts will generate heat so a cooling fan or at the least cooling holes will be needed.
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