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Old 02-04-2009, 07:14 PM   #1
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hello , I decided to take my tax returns and but some beginner corals. i have not bought them yet. I have a 50g tank with live rock and sand. i was unsure what lighting to have for coral, i have a 17w hg lite now. any suggestions on beginner corals the are not too aggressive? thanks
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what is HG lite? There are plenty of beginner corals to start with, but I don't know if any your lighting any good. You have 50G and your light is only 17W? I think there is something wrong there.
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You have 1 17w (what's hg?) bulb over a 50g tank? No corals will thrive with that minimal amount of light, except non-photosynthetic corals like sun polyps.
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I agree not enough light.
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lighting for reef tank

thanks for the input but what is good for lighting the 50g. i have 2 T6 superlux 20 watt bulbs one dual day actinic and the other is a color intensifier. For corals what do u suggest?
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You`ll need to have at least 3 watts per gallon. Some good light systems to have would be Power compacts, VHO`s, T5`s or MH`s.
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I was looking at the hood that came with my Oceanic 50g show. The light bulbin mine is a 17watt normal output flourescent but mine has HG stamped on it with a circle around it. I think its a brand name or a particular line of bulbs for that brand.
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50 gal?....I would look at possible a 250w MH of some sort, and maybe some CF Actinics. there sre numerous manufacturers that make all in one fixtures for this.

Or...you could go with a T 5 fixture w/ daylight and actinics

Good beginner corals...button polyps, zoanthids, star polyps, mushrooms
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I am not sure how big your tax return is but when I started reefing I went with this the Nova Extreme Pro T5 fixture for just over $300. It is just fine for most corals and can get you by with SPS reasonoably well.

The thing about lighting in my experiance is that I would rather go a little overboard that under. If you start reefing and then stick with it it can really hurt your pocket book to have to buy a second fixture. I wouldn't go crazy, but don't go cheap either.
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