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Old 10-03-2013, 12:31 AM   #11
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Got it you guys are so helpful here!

Sump already has a lamp as of now

Now i just need to find a light for the main..
Led? What kind? And the hot5 wont do then...
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Old 10-03-2013, 01:03 AM   #12
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I would use a clip on light and put in an LED bulb. This is a cheap and easy solution that should cost around 20-$25 after everything is said and done. Will cost you around 5-$8 to run year long.

Macro Algae will grow under any color temperature. Although 6500k temp is a good temp. However these higher temp bulbs are a bit more expensive than the more warm/ white color temps commonly found in all hardware stores.
Sure, some macros will grow just fine under most lights. However to get the best growth you need a wider spectrum of light than nearly all reef lights supply.

Also, where are you shopping for lights? I found my 6500k cfl bulb for $3 at a local big box store. All in all my refugium light was approx $11 and costs very little to run.

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So i better not buy those lights then if i want a mixed aquarium? Im a bit confused..
If you want to grow SPS corals then that light is insufficient. However it will suffice for nearly all soft corals and a fair number of LPS as well.
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Old 10-03-2013, 01:10 AM   #13
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Sure, some macros will grow just fine under most lights. However to get the best growth you need a wider spectrum of light than nearly all reef lights supply.

Also, where are you shopping for lights? I found my 6500k cfl bulb for $3 at a local big box store. All in all my refugium light was approx $11 and costs very little to run.
I've checked all the major hardware stores...Ace, Lowes, HD. Went to a few lighting specialty shops and couldn't find a 6.5k bulb for cheap. Wow, $3. Where'd you find yours?

I definitely agree for best growth 6.5k color temp is best or near best. But a regular white bulb does very well as well.
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I've checked all the major hardware stores...Ace, Lowes, HD. Went to a few lighting specialty shops and couldn't find a 6.5k bulb for cheap. Wow, $3. Where'd you find yours?

I definitely agree for best growth 6.5k color temp is best or near best. But a regular white bulb does very well as well.
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Never heard of Meijers... maybe it's an east coast thing.
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Old 10-03-2013, 07:23 PM   #16
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Got it. Thanks ! You saved me allot of money

Can you find me a link for those led you were talking about? Or give me the names of a couple.. Im having trouble finding it..
This light will let you grow coral in your main tank
120W Dimmable Full Spectrum Grow Fish Tank Reef Coral LED Aquarium Light Fixture | eBay
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This is the unit I use and reccomdend. Full spectrum is a waste IMO the extra colors only help for viewing not for coral growth.

http://m.ebay.com/itm/200819032060?nav=SEARCH&sbk=1
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