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Old 11-17-2012, 04:19 PM   #1
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lighting question for new tank

I have a Coralife 48 inch double linear strip with two 65 watt Actinic and two 65 watt 10,000K Compact Fluorescent Lamps. Total 260 watts.
But I have been looking at a Maxspect Razor LED which is a 20" 16K fixture with 160 Watt LED lighting.

Question: is my old lighting sufficient for soft corals and maybe a few hard corals?
Could I combine both lighting systems. But since the LED is only 20" I would have to position over just half the tank or something...not sure. Too get two 20" LED's is kinda expensive....plus since I already have the old Coralife (bought it in 2006).....dont know what to do.

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What size tank is this?

Generally on medium and larger sized tanks, compact florescent is not recommend for anything but a few soft corals.

If the tank is 36" you may or may not be able to get away with a single LED fixture, depending on the depth and your goals.
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