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Old 11-12-2006, 03:14 PM   #1
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Coral lighting question *title changed*

Hey guys quick question.

I have a 30 gallon tall tank with approx 40lbs of live rock.
A couple turbo snails, 2 percula clowns, 1 yellow fin damsel, and a blue linkia seastar. I want to get the clowns some soft corals, but I currently am only running one single 10k fluorescent bulb.

My buddy suggest at a minimum upgrading to compact fluorescent unit for the anemones.

I want to keep the heat output to a minimum, and want to DIY it to save cash. Thoughts and or solutions appreciated.

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Old 11-12-2006, 03:20 PM   #2
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You have no alternative but to upgrade your lighting if you want an anemone. You will need a minimum of about 120-150 watts to successfully keep anything that a clownfish would think about hosting. Understand too, that it is a crap shoot getting a clown and anemone to form a relationship. It doesnt always happen and it is not required for the fish's happiness.


T-5 lighting would be do able, as would a MH pendant, as well as the mentioned CF.
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Old 11-12-2006, 03:49 PM   #3
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Any recommendations for a DIY'er for CF? I'm guessing that would be my cheapest solution?
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http://www.hellolights.com/retligsys.html

I have had good luck with hellolights.com, the above is a link to their retrofit kits.
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You dont need anemones, especially if you want corals later down the track.

I have a happy ocellaris gang that moves everywhere around the tank, compared to someone elses who stay in one spot (where the anemone is)
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As Lisa said you might do all that for your anenome and the clown might ignore him. It happened to me as my clowns ignored my BTA and hosted a bubble coral and pagoda Cop coral. There is no guarantee.
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What kind of lighting would I need to keep corals?
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approximately 4 wpg is the general rule to cover most corals.
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CF, VHO?

So that puts me needing roughly 120 watts on a 30 gallon tanks?

Ouch.
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Old 11-13-2006, 01:00 PM   #10
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Would I be better served doing AH Supply's 2x 96w CF DIY kit?

http://www.ahsupply.com/96watt.htm

It would give me moderate to high light output for corals, my only fear is weather or not I could rig it into a 24" hood.

I would probably go with one 12000k and one actinic if it all worked.

Sound good?
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