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Old 12-16-2011, 10:13 PM   #11
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Old 12-16-2011, 10:17 PM   #12
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ok. what i see here is a lot of softies and lps, neither of which are high light. i would use 3 of those lumenbrite pendants and hook them to the wall like you did your halides. i would put them at about the same height and use 250 watt, 20k lamps. that would look awesome. (750 watts)
or, i would go the t-5 route and use a 12 x 39 watt fixture. (468 watts)

nice looking tank!


oh...i would also lose the lids. your evaporation will get worse, but light penetration will get better, along with gas exchange, and overall health of the tank.
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Old 12-16-2011, 10:21 PM   #13
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but t5 HOs are not cheap either. high end lamps are 20 bucks a piece, x 16....
i know they are i never said they but 16 lamps is alot of light over a 125 and you'd be able to use cheapy lamps and still have good results. also halides should be changed out from 6-9 months where as T5s can go atleast 9 months. a t5 over its life time will lose about 10% of its light output where as hilides at 40% of its life will lose 40% of its light output. so not only do the lamps cost $70 each they have to be replaced more frequently so i nthe long run T5s are cheaper and use less power
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Really lose the glass lids huh.. Just always nervous of a jumper but thanks for the compliment any advice is always welcome
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Old 12-16-2011, 10:23 PM   #15
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nice the tank is looking great
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Old 12-16-2011, 11:46 PM   #16
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If you want nice LEDs, after seeing them on trial at my lfs, google ai sol.

Although they will likely melt your softies like a laser.

I always thing it's best to light appropriately for the coral you are keeping, one of the reasons I'm not a fan of mixed reefs, even with coral at various depths.

Some softies, I'm thinking of GSP off the top of my head, I'm sure would live under candles, but that wouldn't be much good to an acro or monti.
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Really lose the glass lids huh.. Just always nervous of a jumper but thanks for the compliment any advice is always welcome
you could put some egg crate over it to cover it, you will have some protection and you will have dass exchange, i've also read that the egg crate will also help increase a bit of PAR as it is a parabolic lense and helps direct the light downwards
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Ok well i will remove the glass tops this weekend i have a naso and.yellow tang flame hawk pair clowns and a blue yellow damsel are any of those known for jumping i just really want to get a good light not scared to spend the money just want to be able to keep everything..
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