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Old 03-23-2005, 10:16 PM   #1
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coral and light

i have a 30 and i'm looking to see about what type of light would allow me to keep any kind of coral high or low light. Does anyone know the best light for the best buck or can i possibly put something together myself for cheaper a do it yourself project ???
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Old 03-23-2005, 10:41 PM   #2
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How long is the tank?
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Old 03-23-2005, 10:46 PM   #3
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I have a 30, also, and I'm having GREAT success using a single 96W combo 10,000K/actinic. I'm going to upgrade, though, probaby to T5 2x 96W with lunar lgihts. When Igo big, I'll get MH. It's worth it just for the ripples on the bottom.

My corals (so far) are Xenia, mushrooms, Kenya tree, Montipora digitata and Montipore sp. encrusting type, along with star polyps and lots of zoos.
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30 gal standard 55 lbs LR, 60 lb live sand, 10 gal sump/refugium. Urchin skimmer, mag7 pump, 3 x 96W PC combination 10,000K/actinic bulb, 2 blue LED moonlights
SG 1.024, temp 79.5, pH 8.4

Livestock I added:

1 skunk cleaner. 12 hermits: red, scarlet, blue. 15 or so assorted snails. Discosomas, Ricordia, Rhodactis mushroom corals, chaetomorpha (sump), 1 feather duster, Montipora digitata, Montipora capricornis, Montipora hispids. assorted zoos, Xenia, Kenya tree coral, green Sinularia, green star polyps, branching hammer coral, bubble coral, Devil's hand leather. Yellow chromis, purple firefish.

Hitchhikers: the usual suspects :crabs, bristles, urchin, mantis shrimp (now in exile in mantis tank)

List of possible/likely newcomers:

Feather duster. PJ cardinal, Bangghai cardinal, Firefish goby, Clownfish, Neon goby, Yellow watchman goby, Orchid dottyback. Various corals.
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Old 03-23-2005, 10:47 PM   #4
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Oh, I forgot. WIth my lighting as it is, I can't keep SPS and ceratin other corals. Softies and polyps do fine with PC.
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30 gal standard 55 lbs LR, 60 lb live sand, 10 gal sump/refugium. Urchin skimmer, mag7 pump, 3 x 96W PC combination 10,000K/actinic bulb, 2 blue LED moonlights
SG 1.024, temp 79.5, pH 8.4

Livestock I added:

1 skunk cleaner. 12 hermits: red, scarlet, blue. 15 or so assorted snails. Discosomas, Ricordia, Rhodactis mushroom corals, chaetomorpha (sump), 1 feather duster, Montipora digitata, Montipora capricornis, Montipora hispids. assorted zoos, Xenia, Kenya tree coral, green Sinularia, green star polyps, branching hammer coral, bubble coral, Devil's hand leather. Yellow chromis, purple firefish.

Hitchhikers: the usual suspects :crabs, bristles, urchin, mantis shrimp (now in exile in mantis tank)

List of possible/likely newcomers:

Feather duster. PJ cardinal, Bangghai cardinal, Firefish goby, Clownfish, Neon goby, Yellow watchman goby, Orchid dottyback. Various corals.
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my tank is 36 inch long and a foot wide and 16 inch deep
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