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Old 01-29-2006, 04:52 PM   #1
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Homemade Lighting Setup Question w/Pics


I tried searching for this, and while I did find lots of useful info, none that quite pertained to my question, so here goes:

When I purchased my tank a few years ago, I had only the intention of a predator tank with some rock, wasn't even sure to have live rock or not, so I just went with a basic fish lighting setup, a Coralife 50/50 T8 15Watt.

Now, however, I currently have a FOWLR setup, and would like to move up to mushrooms. I am saving up for a nice coralife pro aqualight, in the $200-300 range.

While at Wal-Mart today, I happened to see 2 things: a 24" 75Watt effective (17 Watt actual) plant growth T8 fluorescent for $9.96, and a 100W effective (25W actual) power compact fluorescent 6500K for $5, plus a $5 lamp/socket/wiring kit.

I put the 24" light over the tank and it really brightened it up, so much so that I'm not sure I even need the power compact fluorescent, which is REALLY bright (see photos) below.

Now, I know these lights don't have the the blue actinic lighting, however I thought this would be better than just the 15Watt 50/50 on there, to keep things growing until I can get the aqualight.

Will this type of lighting cause a problem with any of the polyps, coraline, etc because it doesn't have the corresponding blue? Or will the depth of the water decrease the need for ths?

Also, should I put the power compact on as well?

Here's the tank with the 24" T8 setup:

Here's the power compact next to it for comparison:

And here's how I put it together:

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Old 01-29-2006, 10:46 PM   #2
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I have used that 100w bulb for a fuger before. Not sure it will penetrate very far. Shrooms don't need a ton of light though. Do you know what K value the other fixture's bulbs are? Might not be the right spectrum.
*180 gal Display, 100 gal basement sump, 33 gal refugium, 3x250 MH, 2x160 VHO actinics, zoos, some softies, LPS & lots of acros and other SPS.
*100 gal prop tank plumbed into main system w/ 2x96 PC lights and 1x150 MH,
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