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Old 01-14-2014, 03:20 PM   #1
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originally posted this in the wrong section but: I have a 30" 2x65 watt Current Power compact fluorescent lighting fixture for my 36 gallon bowfront soon-to-be reef. It has 2 what appear to be white bulbs and then 2 blue actinic bulbs. What corals can I keep? and as a side not by tank is about 18-19 inches deep (if depth affects it?) Just wondering what coral would be able to live under these lights....LPS? Softies? assuming SPS need more light but I'm not sure
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Softies and some LPS. Yes, water depth/ the distance from the lamp to the coral matters.
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Softies and some LPS. Yes, water depth/ the distance from the lamp to the coral matters.

So would you suggest keeping the LPS higher up on the rock structure?
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Yes I would. I would start everything low, but move them up the rock over time until they are in optimal spots (you will be able to tell this by the way the coral looks).
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So my mushrooms, with lights off, are a nice purplish green color about the size of a dime and nickel. With lights on they are the size of a half dollar or bigger and are a pale brown color. They sit about mid tank or maybe a tad higher. Is this normal?
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Different lighting would make them appear more colorful, and probably make them color up a bit also. It's normal for corals to open up when the lights are on. They increase surface area exposed to light to absorb as much as possible.
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Gotcha. I'm using (2) 150w MH and 2 blue t5's on a 96 gallon corner
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Not a lot of light. It's reasonable that they would stretch for more.
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What is an easy beginner coral that would work near the bottom of the tank?
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Old 01-16-2014, 04:22 PM   #10
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Toadstool, Kenya tree, any softy really.
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