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Old 02-14-2006, 07:12 PM   #11
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If you want the proper lighting for Anemone's, I would suggest MH as well. Although they appear to be more expensive up front, wait until you replace the bulbs in a pc, which is typically every 6 months. The MH are good for at least 1 year. 2 MH lights = 2 bulbs per year. I found a place online that sales them for $50 each..14K. You will replace your pc bulbs twice a year. I also have the Coralife retro 4x65w system for dusk to dawn effect, which costs me an average of $240 (4 bulbs x 2) a year for replacement bulbs. The total cost of the retro kit was $180!

If cost is a factor, MH retrofit kits are cheap enough. I bought my set complete 250w x 2 with bulbs for $360 for the pair. 500w total. The only downside is heat, and you would need a tall enough canopy to house them in. Other than that, you would not be as limited on your selection either. HTH - Just my .02 cents

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hope this helps.. if you dont mind a little DIY...

http://aquarium.union.rpi.edu/articles/DIY_MH.html
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I would DIY HQI or HQ a metal halide setup. I built my own 175w HQ setup for under 200 bucks.
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I don't think there's a way around anemone. I'd rather not get an anemone if I am not willing to shell out money. Some may tell you that yes you can get anemones with PC lighting of about 6500K/10000K Daylights and actinics powering 5W per gallon. But if you make short cuts, you'll get cut short.

In my honest opinion, a clown doesn't have to host an anemone per se. I've seen clowns hosting leather corals or bubble corals, plate corals, even some types of mushroom corals. Those corals are the rather easy-to-moderate difficulty level. You do need prestine water parameters, good calcium, and a good PC lighting.

Check this out. I am preparing this 55G 4-ft tank for corals. I am chasing numbers right now but am getting there really really closely.

Calcium @ 370, Nitrates at 10, kH at 350, pH at 8.1, and lighting at 260 watts. I am not expecting anemone or soft polyp stonys here. But I am looking at bubble coral, mushrooms, polyps, and a plate. I may even be lucky with pulsating xenia. But I don't want to play with that specific coral just yet.
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