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Old 08-22-2003, 08:27 AM   #1
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One bulb enough???

I will be starting a new 30 gallon with fish, LR, cleaner shrimp, snails, and scarlet reef hermits, but would eventually like to add some inverts like an anemone, feather dusters, sea star, or possibly a nudibranch or electric flame scallop. The hood that came with my aquarium houses 1 fluorescent bulb. Would a ZooMed Reef Sun fluorescent bulb provide sufficient lighting for these inverts? I'd REALLY like to avoid having to buy a whole new lighting setup to add additional bulbs.
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The bulb that came with your tank is no where close to the amount of light you need for corals and anenomes.

For a 30 gal tank I would suggest maybe a pair of 96W power compact bulbs. Once at 10K and one at actinic.

If you want to avoid having to buy lights then your gonna have to really drop the idea of having corals and most definatly the idea of an anenome.
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I agree with fishfreak on the anemones and corals, but the LR and the anemone is the only critter you mentioned that needs light. It is debatable whether you have enough light for the LR, certainly not the anemone. Everything else, however, can be kept in the dark
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Old 08-22-2003, 06:07 PM   #4
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I'm not using a plain fluorescent bulb that came with the aquarium- the bulb I was told to get to replace it is a ZooMed Reef Sun Fluorescent bulb. Won't this provide better lighting than just a regular bulb? Or is it still not sufficient for anemones & LR? Here are the specs on the bulb:

50/50 combination of 6500k trichromatic daylight phosphor and actinic 420 phosphor in the same lamp.
Ideal for marine aquariums, reef aquariums, African cichlids and discus fish.
Provides high intensity full spectrum illumination, strong in the short wavelength blue region essential for photosynthetic corals and invertebrates, balanced with 6500k daylight for natural color enhancement and viewing pleasure.
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I have to agree here. I am using a PowerGlo in my tank, kinda the same idea. It is ok if you just want fish. Not sure how it will affect my LR yet. The LFS said it would be ok for LR, not the best but would function. But as far as anemones go, either shell out for the lights or get used to FO.

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The spectrum is good, but the intensity is not there. To increase the intensity you will have to increase the wattage.
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Old 08-22-2003, 06:16 PM   #7
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Anyone know any places (online) that sell double light strips that would fit my hood for cheap? My hood is a Perfecto, 30" Thanks!
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A 30g should be 36" you will most likely have to use glass tops for a doubl light strip, and I would simply by a piece just wide enough to protect the lights and long enoug to sit on the lip of the aquarium, leaving the rest open.
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My 30 gallon is 30" x 12" x 12" It is a 30 tall rather than a 30 long. Anyone know of any online stores that sell aquarium light fixtures for cheap???
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30 X 12 X 12 calculates to a little more than 18 gallons, you have a 20 gallon long aquarium
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