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Old 10-13-2005, 11:07 PM   #1
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best lighting

I am planning to start a frag tank seperate from my main to raise mainly zoos and some other softies I want them to grow fast and be brightly colored.

What type of lighting scheme would be the best?

It will either be a 20Long or 29 gallon tank

I was thinking of going with a 250 watt 20k MH and 2 55watt CF 10000k/acintic and 6700k. This is alot of light for a small tank but I want the corals to grow fast plus I can then do some sps if I wanted to.

Any suggestions?
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Old 10-14-2005, 02:46 AM   #2
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In a 20 long you could do a single 250 watt 6500k. It will be very yellow looking but it is the best for growth rates. If looks are your concern, a single 65w of PC actinic would offset the color, but since it's a propagation tank 250 watt 6500 would be cheap and very effective. You could grow ANYTHING you want!
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Old 10-14-2005, 03:50 AM   #3
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zoos? that sounds like way too much light for proping zoos...

how about proping them in a shallow container? like a underbed sweater storge container and a rubbermade tub for a sump.. 1 or 2 T-5 HO ATA blueplus or 12,000K bulbs.

similar question I saw recently..
http://reefcentral.com/forums/showth...hreadid=685480
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well it needs to look good becasue it will be very visible in the house so the rubbermaids are out. Also it will be two tanks a 20L over the 29 gal one tank will get a 36'' coralife CF 196 watt fixture and the other a brighter DIY lighting system. both systems will be plumbed together.
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T-5 HO's with ATA blueplus are supose to make zoos grow like crazy.. its not the wattage, the T-5 HO's put out alot of light, not that zoos need alot of light.
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ahhh.. the maker is ATI
here is a link..
http://www.reefgeek.com/products/cat...ng/104033.html
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