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Old 06-26-2009, 01:08 AM   #11
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I'm just gonna buy a new 2 bulb fixture. Seems easier.

But am I right by getting a dual bulb fixture? OR can I just change the bulb in the one tube fixture?
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Marine tanks are all about Wattage out. The more wattage the greater the selections of corals you can keep. So a two bulb fixture would have twice the wattage of a one bulb fixture. Example: a fixture with one 48" 54w fixture with one bulb = 54 watts, a fixture with 2 54w bulbs= 108 watts.
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Marine tanks are all about Wattage out. The more wattage the greater the selections of corals you can keep.
As a general and broad statement you are correct TC but actually with todays lighting you have to factor in Par and intensity. It used to be wpg was the rule but other factors are in play now. I also use wpg as broad rule and starting point also TC.
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That's correct and that's where depth and what the light is shining through, how far it's above the tank, type of lens covers, water clarity all come into play.
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I'm just gonna buy a new 2 bulb fixture. Seems easier.

But am I right by getting a dual bulb fixture? OR can I just change the bulb in the one tube fixture?
What kind of tank is this going to be?
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I'm leaning toward a FO tank or a FOWLR tank. I know MH lights aren't needed unless its a reef tank, but I want to make sure there's enough light for at least a FOWLR tank.
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