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Old 11-22-2013, 02:50 PM   #1
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Growing Coral

Any idea if these will grow coral? I know its not ideal by today's standards but I believe that 10-15 years ago people were growing coral with similar type lighting strength. Btw, I have a 10g nano tank and its 11-12" deep.

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Old 11-22-2013, 03:08 PM   #2
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I had actually looked at these:
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before I bought a tank, filter, heater and light fixture off of craigslist for $10 (all included)
and I think the 25 watt ones might...
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Old 11-22-2013, 03:13 PM   #3
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Any idea if these will grow coral? I know its not ideal by today's standards but I believe that 10-15 years ago people were growing coral with similar type lighting strength. Btw, I have a 10g nano tank and its 11-12" deep.

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Those are compact fluorescents. They can probably grow the lowest light corals but I wouldn't attempt anything but softies.
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If you could do 2 that would be better, 10 watts of cfls isn't much and growth will be super slow.
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I have two in there already and in not worried about growth rate as long as I'm not killing them, ya know? Any good (and attractive) coral suggestions?
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Zoas, mushrooms
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definitely zoas PRETTY and an endless variety in color!!
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I doubt those lamps will grow anything. They will all look brown and ugly if they live. 15 years ago they used VH0 t12 lighting, which was a lot stronger than what you are considering.
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Old 11-22-2013, 06:21 PM   #9
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And here is my issue. Some say yes and others say no and it gets wicked confusing
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Old 11-22-2013, 06:27 PM   #10
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They will grow algae that's about it listen to X
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Old 11-22-2013, 07:50 PM   #11
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Again, thoughts are splits and internet search says it enough lighting. I'm going to try a cheap coral that requires low lighting and see
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Then prove me wrong. Take plenty of pictures.
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I'd have to lean towards Mr. x on this one. lol You might be able to keep some mushrooms and maybe maybe some zooas....But you wont see any growth and it wont look pretty like in the store. lol You might be able to keep those alive but they wont thrive. You can get some pretty decent lighting for cheap these days so I would consider an upgrade if you can swing it. You can get a 4 bulb t5 for less than $100 and even a 2 bulb t5 would be better than what you have and can usually find those for maybe $65 or a bit less with some searching.
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Old 11-27-2013, 07:18 PM   #14
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How would this be for growing corals?


BeamsWork Reef Bright LED Light Fixture 18"

Also I saw some Galaxea in my local petco that looked awesome....thoughts?
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Fixture Size: 17.00" x 5.00" x 1.00" (Add 0.65" in height with bracket installed)
LEDs Count: 18
1300 Lumens
Super energy efficient 1 watt HQ LEDs
15x 10,000K LED
3x Actinic 460nm LED
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Features:
Slim and contemporary light design
2x on/off function for day and night use
Extend up to 21" in length with bracket installed
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I ordered this set of lighting for my 10g for $60. Good deal? Can I grow corals like Galaxea? Or Frogspawn?

I found this 10 LED 3W one for $60

Fixture Size: 17.50" x 5.00" x 1.00" (Add 0.65" in height with bracket installed)
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1350 Lumens
Super energy efficient 3 watts high output LED
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Use 30 watts

Features:
Best design: slim, light, and yet, contemporary
A three ways toggle on/off switch functions as (1) White/Act. Blue, (2) Off, & (3) Act. Blue as lunar light
Extends up to 22" in length with brackets installed
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It may work for you. Take pictures.
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Old 11-28-2013, 08:35 AM   #18
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Do you not thing that's good enough to grow any or just what I mentioned? What are your issues with that lighting for a 10g?
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Here's my tank under those lights

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I think that'll do what all coral are you growing in there?
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