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Old 07-07-2011, 07:46 PM   #51
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So to say the PAR value goes down over time??
What changes? I thought u can use the bulbs until they fuze.
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Old 07-07-2011, 08:00 PM   #52
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na...you should replace T5 lamps every 8-12 months. sometimes less if you overdrive them, but in a regular fixture, i wouldn't use them for more than a year. heat makes them wear out quicker. if you have a fixture that is open or has fans, it's helpful.
their potency diminishes, along with the color shifting. they change color over time.
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Oh ok. This does have a fan.
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Old 07-14-2011, 04:55 PM   #54
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I got bit of a issue. I understand that lights should be 12 on and 12 off.

My house lights go on around 7am. My tank light goes on at 11am-11pm. On till late because I come home around 10-10:30pm. So my tank only get 9 hours off (11-8 am).

If I run them from 8am- 8pm. I will never see my tank.

Any solutions??????
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you can run the lights less than 12 hours. how much light does the tank get when the tank light is off during the day? what "house lights" go on at 7 am? if it's not that bright, you should be fine.
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Old 07-15-2011, 01:50 AM   #56
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It's regular house lights but fish wake up. So fish only get about 6-7 hours of night.
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Old 07-16-2011, 07:35 PM   #57
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Love my lights they are awesome. Thanks again everyone who helped...
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Old 07-16-2011, 07:37 PM   #58
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Glad you're pleased. I was literally giddy when I got my nova extreme. I kept turning them on and off cause they looked so cool. lol
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Glad you're pleased. I was literally giddy when I got my nova extreme. I kept turning them on and off cause they looked so cool. lol
Thanks Carey, it's awesome.
Any thoughts on this.

It's regular house lights but fish wake up. So fish only get about 6-7 hours of night. Good / bad.

Also going to pick up some coral frags today.
Deciding between;

trumpet corals-$20
Candy corals - $10/head
Anthelia - $8 each
Green Star - $8 each
Zoas - $1 - $2 per polyp
Bright Blue Mushrooms - $5 each

As you know I never kept corals before. Plz advise on what should I start. Goods, bads, care?????

Parameters;
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Not adding another supplements.
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I think the fish should be fine with only a few hours of "sleep".

if I was picking corals i would go for some zooas, the mushrooms and maybe trunpet or candycanes. You can get crazy with zooa's, they add alot of color for a small price. The GSP is alos nice, but be aware that it grows like a weed. lol A tiny frag plug in my tank has taken over an entire large rock in a matter of months. The ones mentioned should be nice and easy to care for and should show growth over a shorter period of time.

Another nice coral are duncans, see if he has any and if you like em.

make sure we get pictures!!
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