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Old 04-20-2012, 02:26 AM   #21
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You bring up a good point!

(sorry to keep getting OT here, but I have tons of questions for SW...)

For the lights, I was advised to use something closer to the 10,000 K spectrum? I think they're CFL bulbs? (not sure, they're the "twisty" kind that screw into the ballast)
That, and an LED strip for "moon light".

Does that sound right?
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What are your oplans for the tank? FOWLR, coral, etc.

I'm not real sure what lights you are referring too, sorry
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Old 04-20-2012, 03:49 PM   #23
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Here's a picture of the light:



And this is the tank:




It's in our son's room, and I think initially my gf wanted to get a clownfish for him, buuuut I feel like a 6 gal hex is WAY too cramped for even a dwarf clown.

If anything I'd say maybe a goby or two, or a couple shrimps.
I do want to build a nano reef though... some zoas/beginner corals/etc
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Hiya. that squiggly light isn't going to be enough light for any corals i'm sorry to say. :-(

The idea of a small goby and shrimp and inverts sounds like a good idea. Here is a link with nano fish and their requirements

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Hiya. that squiggly light isn't going to be enough light for any corals i'm sorry to say. :-(

The idea of a small goby and shrimp and inverts sounds like a good idea. Here is a link with nano fish and their requirements

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Oh yeah. I'm going to upgrade the light right when it finishes cycling The light in there now sucks lol
Do they make the "squiggly lights" in a spectrum that will work for some beginner corals? 6700k - 10000k?
If so I could prob. just pick those up at home depot. I really don't want to search for a whole new ballast, fixture, etc. etc.
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sorry, but a squiggly bulb no matter the spectrum isn't gonna work out. :-(

What is the length of the tank, left to right? maybe I can find you a cheap fixture that will grow some corals.
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I'd get a par 30 bulb from boostled! I think about $75 and done!
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They won't fit in the socket he has, but a par 38 is an option.
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sorry, but a squiggly bulb no matter the spectrum isn't gonna work out. :-(

What is the length of the tank, left to right? maybe I can find you a cheap fixture that will grow some corals.
It's like 12 3/4 inches - but keep in mind it's a 6 gal. hex, so nothing will really "fit" the shape of it. The measurement I took was from the widest edges of the hex, left to right.
If anything I'll more than likely have to scrap the light portion of the hood and find some "clip on" arrangement.

Also $75 is a lot more than I'd want to spend any time in the near future
I was hoping to just get a $5 bulb from home depot haha
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It's like 12 3/4 inches - but keep in mind it's a 6 gal. hex, so nothing will really "fit" the shape of it. The measurement I took was from the widest edges of the hex, left to right.
If anything I'll more than likely have to scrap the light portion of the hood and find some "clip on" arrangement.

Also $75 is a lot more than I'd want to spend any time in the near future
I was hoping to just get a $5 bulb from home depot haha
Unfortunately lighting for reefs is generally considered one of the most expensive parts. 75$ to light a tank is considered quite cheap imho.
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