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Old 06-15-2005, 08:26 PM   #1
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Another Lighting Question - 2.6 watts/gallon

I currently have a 50 gallon tank, and ordered the coralife lunar 130watt fixture, this is 2.6 watts/gallon. Would this be sufficient to supporst polyps, zoos, and shrooms? Tank is 21 inches high. I will mostly likely get another unit after i get married in 3 months, but money is kind of tight right now, so i just ordered the one unit. If lighting is sufficient, would placement matter, i know shrooms can probably go lower, but what about the polyps and zoos?

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Swimmers: 2 O. Clowns, Yellow Watchman, Firefish, Yellow Tang, Dottyback.

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You may be okay with low-light corals like the onces you mentioned. Place them high on the rocks and stay away from and super-colored species as they will just dull with time. Good luck.
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if i added a second unit, will i able to get some of the more intense corals, i am really interested in Pumping xenia, would 5 watts per gallon be enough? Would i be able to put the corals closer to the bottom after i get a second unit?
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Filtration: 50lbs LR.com, 60lbs sand

Swimmers: 2 O. Clowns, Yellow Watchman, Firefish, Yellow Tang, Dottyback.

Clean-Up: Several snail & hermits, Skunk Cleaner, 2 Peps.

Corals: 2 zoo colonies, yellow polyps, star polyps
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I have about 4 watts/gallon and have a leather, shrooms, and pumping xenia and they seem to be doing fine.
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