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Old 05-09-2016, 10:49 PM   #1
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New to saltwater - 29gal tank lighting questions

I have a 29gal tank and have just put in two of my first coral. The tank is fairly well inhabited with a few fish, some hermits maybe a snail or two plus some feather dusters. The tank is setup with a refugium and a skimmer as well.

My question is, will the marine orbits USA light be enough to sustain the tank? The two corals I got are a star polyp(I think) and a toadstool leather. See attached pictures.

Also, how long does it usually take for corals to adjust to their new homes? I assume it can take days. I've been seeing a lot of opening and closing for both since they were brought home, yesterday. The polyp stays somewhat open whereas the toadstool will come out then go back in come night. The toadstool really came out when I shut off the return pump for feeding.

Tank specs:
2 425gph hydor powerheads
Over flow filter
About 20lbs of live rock in display tank
About 40lbs of live sand in display tank
Refugium has chaeto and some other grape looking algae
Tunze 9001 skimmer(breaking in)
Live rock ruble in refugium
4" of sand in refugium(10lbs roughly)
Return pump is a 240gph pump
Lighting is the Current orbits USA LED fixture

Salinity sits about 1.023
Ph is 8.3
Amonia is 0
Nitrate is about 5ppm
Nitrite is 0
Phosphate is around .25ppm

Thanks in advance!!

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Can you tell us what unit that is? They make several units. They are mostly pretty weak if I'm remembering correctly, though yet to have the first cup of coffee so might be wrong.
As for adjusting, it doesn't have to take very long for coral to adjust at all. I've had them open up and be fine after acclimation.
Your polyps are clove polyps by the way.
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Thanks for the reply.
I found out they are indeed cloves in the ID section, thanks!

The LED I have is the 24"-36" model view below link:

Orbit Marine LED Aquarium Light, Saltwater LED | Current-USA


23 Watts 48 Dual Daylight/48 Dual Actinic LEDs, 96 LEDs Total


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Can you tell us what unit that is? They make several units. They are mostly pretty weak if I'm remembering correctly, though yet to have the first cup of coffee so might be wrong.
As for adjusting, it doesn't have to take very long for coral to adjust at all. I've had them open up and be fine after acclimation.
Your polyps are clove polyps by the way.
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Though not a fan of their products as they depict being able to keep more light demanding coral, it should be fine for softies.
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This is my first coral tank and plan on sticking with softies until I really understand how these guys work.

However, my tank is only 18" high. With that in mind do you think the light can penetrate deep enough? IF(and thats a big if) I go with any harder corals I will probably just get a second light of the same. Would that be beneficial?

I do plan on having an anemone and I know they need lots of light.


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At that point it's just be replacing with a different unit. People love the taotronics units where I prefer my radions. All matter of price range.


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What are your thoughts on the Galaxy hydro 165w?
Some guys at reefcentral were saying this would be better suited then the marine orbits and is within my price range.

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Ironically that looks like the taotronics clones. It is exactly what I'm talking about and would be great as it would support anything photosynthetic ally.


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that's basically the same thing as toa tronics . but make sure you get a dimmable unit.
I would suggest holding off on the nem give your tank some time to mature.
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Definitely holding off on the nem for a little while. Probs waiting a year..
The light, already ordered and will be returning my orbits light.
Next, figuring out how to mount the light because I don't want to do a ceiling mount.. Plus I did get the dimmable one

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