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Old 02-04-2012, 03:26 AM   #1
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soft coral help!

the Lfs Is having a sale on sum 'assorted soft coral' I was just curious if I have enough light to support growth for it. I read online u need roughly 3.5 watts per gallon , my tank is 10 gallons so I would need 35 watts right?
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Old 02-04-2012, 03:29 AM   #2
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Watts per gallon isnt a very good way to go. What fixture do you have and what kind of bulbs?
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being said I have 1 14watt actinic florescent tube light and 2 standard 9watt compact florescents for a total of 32 watts would this possibly work ? for a more adaptable and forgiving coral?
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the bulb in my tube florescent is a 15inch coral sun actinic the ones in my compact are jus two standards that came with fixture
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The compact flourescnets that you have are they the regular curly Q bulbs?
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Old 02-04-2012, 03:43 AM   #6
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yea those are the ones , I did see these

http://www.bigalspets.com/Zoo-Med-Ul...Rank=salesrank

at my Lfs but I decided to hold up for now
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they were around 15 a pce I did gasp a lil
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that's not gonna enough light to grow much of anything. :-(

have you seen the odyssea lights, they are usually under $100 adn are a decent starter light in m opinion.

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daym eh, even if I were to replace the bulbs?
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yeah I know it stinks but I wouldnt try it. You can save up I'm sure the fixture isn't that expensive.
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