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Old 05-05-2011, 10:28 AM   #1
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The question I have is that I'm probably going to buy a Aquaticlife T5 48" four bulb fixture. What corals can I keep with a 75 gallon tank? It's a total of 216 watts and 2.88 watts per gallon. Thank you in advance.
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Softies, LPS, and some lower-light SPS near the top like montipora and birdsnest
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It would really only be 108watts of day light if you're running 2n2. I would agree with IDream, I would suggest starting with some softies. I would try mushrooms I have them growing even underneath rocks on the bottom of my tank.

If you really want to keep a variety of coral I would suggest you possibly go with a 6 bulb fixture or ultimately a t5 w/ hqi mh combo.

I'm kinda a cheapskate and a diy guy myself so I found a couple old core 250w mh ballast on craigslist for $100 on the pair and got bulbs, reflectors and mogul sockets for $130 at the Lfs. The core ballast are honestly about bullet proof as long as they don't get wet and you can find them used for cheap.

I switched from 4 48" vho to mh and and my coral growth tripled and the color of the coral to this day keeps getting better.

If you have a 75L would be better for florescent and a 75tall may result in lack of light in the lower half or third of the tank.
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Mushrooms actually don't like a lot of light. So they are simple to keep. Any if the soft tree corals should be fine. Star polyps are also pretty easy.
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I`m thinking Mushrooms, polyps and LPS corals. You could also do some moderate light SPS corals.
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