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Old 01-05-2004, 01:19 AM   #1
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I'm just getting into the saltwater hobby. I just bought a 55 gallon tank and I've been reading everything non stop on here for the last week. I plan on getting 40# of live rock for the tank and cycling with that to begin with. I'm hoping that anything attached to the rock survives the cycle.

This is where the question comes in. Currently I have the standard light hoods that came with the tank. How long will this be sufficient if some of the hitchhikers survive? What should i upgrade with if i need to?

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Really depends what kind of hitchikers you get. The most common type of hitchikers are inverts like hermits and snails, etc. Those obviously dont need light at all. Other types would be various macro algae. The 40W bulb will proably be enough light to keep the alage alive but it wont thrive in it. The
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I plan on getting 40# of live rock for the tank and cycling with that to begin with. I'm hoping that anything attached to the rock survives the cycle.
To increase the chances of survival, follow the suggestions in this article, "Curing Live Rock? I didn't even know it was sick!!".

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This is where the question comes in. Currently I have the standard light hoods that came with the tank. How long will this be sufficient if some of the hitchhikers survive? What should i upgrade with if i need to?
If your only planning on a FOWLR tank then you should be fine with 2-3WPG, maybe look into 110W PC light fixture.
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I really like this light. It would give you around 5-5.5 WPG when you consider the water displacement and the night effects are really cool.
http://www.customsealife.com/f_power...-moon-lite.htm
Its enough light for everything except very high light (usually expert only) SPS and Clams.
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I've looked around on ebay, but besides there, where do people tend to shop for lighting supplies?

I have a feeling that i'll get hooked on this and adventually have to upgrade in order to advance my marine life. So I plan on only doing one update in the lighting catagory.

Luckily I can supplement my income with my woodworking skills

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