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Old 09-05-2011, 04:59 PM   #1
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I'm going to start a my first reef tank soon andwas wondering if anyone has any recommendations on lighting? I'm goin to start with LPS corals in a 40g breeder, its only 16 inches high. I may ad some SPS corals later depending on how it turns out.
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Old 09-05-2011, 05:04 PM   #2
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You can do a 6bulb t5ho fixture like the nova extreme pro, which I have and recommend. You can also do a 250w metal halide supplemented with power compact or t5 actinics.
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6 bulbs? yikes, sounds kinda big! lol
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Old 09-05-2011, 05:21 PM   #4
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I'm going to start a my first reef tank soon andwas wondering if anyone has any recommendations on lighting? I'm goin to start with LPS corals in a 40g breeder, its only 16 inches high. I may ad some SPS corals later depending on how it turns out.
I would start off with some soft corals first.
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I wouldn't say you need 6 bulbs now, but be ready to get to that point later when you and the tank are ready for SPS. A good 4 bulb fixture would be a good start.
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I only suggested it because it saves money in the long run. You can definitely start off with a 4 bulb fixture though.
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I only suggested it because it saves money in the long run. You can definitely start off with a 4 bulb fixture though.
Wish I had read this 5 weeks ago. I bought a 2 lamp fixture and I really regret it sure I can add too it but now I want to spend my money on corals not hardware.

Buy for what you someday will want not what you want now. You will thank me later. I promise.
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Depending on which fixtures you choose you can break even while spreading the cost out. Two 2-bulb fixtures fit almost as well as one 4-bulb. You can simply add two bulbs at a time or start with four and add 2 later when needed. I am not saying not to buy a 6-bulb fixture, just that you don't have to get all six bulbs from the start.
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i say buy the best lighting you can now. i would also go with the 6 lamp nova extreme pro or the sunlight supply "tek" light.
you don't even have to turn on all 6 lamps for now, and it's going to be expensive to buy twice...trying to sell your old fixture can be a pain.
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You don't have to replace fixtures. You can simply add to them. You can buy three 2-bulb fixtures and pay about the same as one 6-bulb fixture, depending on which ones you buy. I agree it would be better to get on 6-bulb now, but not the only good option. The 6-bulb fixtures usually have two plugs, three bulbs on each. I don't know how they would run with empty sockets.
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