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Old 03-07-2005, 01:12 AM   #1
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Is this lighting enough for my tank?

I am planing on a FOWLR and live sand. Can any one tell me if this lighting is the right lighting for my 72gal tank.

Here is the advertisement at the site for the lighting that I want.

Create the ultimate dawn to dusk effect with the pro-grade, Satellite. It packs our SunPaq Dual Daylight (10,000K & 6,700K), our Dual Actinic (460nm & 420nm) and our Lunar Light‚ĄĘ together in one sleek, fan-cooled fixture. Offering the leading technologies in one 24-hour lighting system that gives you one small step to take for a gigantic leap in performance. The 48" Satellite features a professional grade, powder-coated aluminum housing with splash lens, 2-65w Dual Daylight & 2-65w Dual Actinic lamps with independent controls, ultra-quiet high output fan, 2-Lunar Lights with independent power source, Optional Docking Mounts (Sold Separately) for elevating the Satellite above the aquarium.
260 Wts in all.

Includes- 2 dual daylight bulbs, 2 dual actinic bulbs, 2 lunar lights, 3 cords and 2 switches.


Is the right type that I need???

Thanks in Advance
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Old 03-07-2005, 01:41 AM   #2
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That light is much more than you need for a FOWLR tank. Your setup will only need the standard NO flourescent fixture. If there is any chance of wanting corals in the future that light listed above will allow many corals in the tank. It wont cover high light corals or anenomes but will definately do well for the easier corals. Check into the Coralife aqualight lunar fixture as they have a better customer service program and great quality. HTH
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how about the 4x96w fixtures... will these keep anemones and high light corals well? in a 75 gal?
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Old 03-07-2005, 02:09 AM   #4
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Can you tell me what would be good then for my 72 Gal FOWLR and live sand.


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tafranklin- You can purchase a standard Normal output lighting fixture at the LFS for your tank. Coralline algae does not require high light to thrive. The rest of the setup will not use any type of photosynthesis to live.

JonathanG- I have yet to try and keep anenomes but it would depend on the depth of the tank. An approximation can be estimated from a watts per gallon ratio but the depth will be a deciding factor. That lighting setup will give you 5.12 watts per gallon which should allow you a wide array of corals and anenomes. If your tank is deep than placement high in the tank will be the key.
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Just a suggestion, if you want an anemone, make sure your tank has been established for at least 6 months. Also, most anemone's thrive better under intense lighting such as MH. If you are seriously considering corals and anemone's, I would get a kit that offers both pc/MH. Ask Darrin at Captivereefs.com. It is cheaper to do it right the first time. Trust me.

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I agree, if considering going the coral route later on then go ahead and get the right lighting now but get the mh with vho or pc route. Or for a fowlr you can go to Walmart and buy a $6 dollar 4' fixture and a couple aquarium bulbs and be set.
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