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Old 08-16-2015, 12:51 AM   #1
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What Type Of Light For Corals?

I am starting up a 20 gallon high saltwater aquarium. It use to be a freshwater so my hood and light is the only thing staying. I want to put some corals in their but I don't know if the light is good enough. I have a 30'' Fluorescent Aquarium Reflector 20 Watt is that good for any kind of corals? I m getting any type of Low Light, Hardy, Easy Growth, Good Maintaining, Beginner.... Corals?
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It's best not to skimp on lighting with corals, you can use a T5 fixture or a cheap Chinese LED. Since this is a tall tank lighting will be key.

Easy corals:
Frogspawn
Kenya tree
Mushrooms
Green star polyps
Zoas
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It's best not to skimp on lighting with corals, you can use a T5 fixture or a cheap Chinese LED. Since this is a tall tank lighting will be key.

Easy corals:
Frogspawn
Kenya tree
Mushrooms
Green star polyps
Zoas
Leathers


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All of those corals you mentioned where the ones I liked!!! So what type of lighting is good for them? My hood hold a lamp 32 inches?
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A single t8 lamp will not support corals. You need to get something better. What is your budget?
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A single t8 lamp will not support corals. You need to get something better. What is your budget?
I dont want to spend no more than $30 on a light

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IMO that's pretty low for a light in general... I'd be looking at T5 bulbs..


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IMO that's pretty low for a light in general... I'd be looking at T5 bulbs..


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Even then a cheap t5 fixture is still gonna be $50-60 plus $15-20 for bulbs. Not to be a downer but setting up a reef isn't cheap. Maybe look into a fish only with live rock system and save up for better lighting in the mean time


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Yeah....there's no fixture that's going to allow you to keep a thriving reef for 30 dollars.
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Maybe that first one would work, but you'd have to replace the bulbs and that's another $30-40 right there. The second one is going to be a pain to find quality replacement bulbs because most don't make 20" bulbs. And those led units are garbage


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