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Old 10-29-2011, 04:26 AM   #1
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What type of lighting do I need for soft corals? are fluorescent lights ok? I've had a FOWLR tank for a while now and a I want to get started with corals. I know lighting is the most debated topic in reefing, so I just wanted to see what your opinion is. my tank is a 55 gallon, 21 inches deep.
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Regular flourecent lighting will not cut it. You`ll need VHO flourecents. That`s what I have for my tank for LPS and soft corals.
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Old 10-29-2011, 10:47 AM   #3
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i would go with a 4 lamp T5HO fixture.
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There is a light on fishneedit that can connect to a halide.. But it's a 2 bulb. Should I get that right now and later upgrade it or should I buy the 4 bulb an not get halides ever? Sorry to ask on this thread but it might help you in your decision too
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It is all in what you want to do with your tank later on . I would start with a 4 bulb set up and then if I decide to go with metal halides get one with fans so that it will help keep the tank cooler. With a 4 bulb fixture you can do LPS as well as softies.
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Okay I will just save up for the 4 bulb then thanks! Im not wanting to keep acropora or anything atm, just not interesting enough to me. Acans and candycanes are what I really want
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You will be able to do that easily with the 4 bulb fishneedit light.
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Okay thanks! Guess I'll be buying the 4 bulb! What temp should the white be? I want 2 actinics and 2 whites
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Either a 10 or 14K the 14 is more blue.
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