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Old 01-29-2013, 09:42 PM   #1
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Okay need suggestions on lighting

I currently have a 29 gallon. Getting a nice tax check so I am going to a 40 gallon. I want to set up a reef with LPS and SPS along with fish. I have 2 35w power compacts currently but am looking into led. Should I use 6700 or 10000 K lights? I am turning my 29 gallon into a QT tank I will have a 10 gallon sump on the new 40 gallon (I would go bigger but I m almost out of the military and will have to move) Also has anyone seen the back drops inside tanks using spray foam and placing rocks into it, has anyone done this? Thanks in advance!!! Have a great day.
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you would need something over 12000K for keeping coral. It needs the prope blue spectrum spike tobe able to provide proper growth.
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So the blue atinics don't provide the blue spectum? Or are they only for display enhancement?
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So the blue atinics don't provide the blue spectum? Or are they only for display enhancement?
Maybe I am confused, you were saying you are thking about switching to LED and also mentioned that you plan on using 6000K to 10000K fixture. Are you going to keep the PC actinic light?

The actinic is enough to keep the blue up but I am not sure it is enough.
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Thank you fo your reply I was gonna run 50/50 lights until I get the LEDs which maybe a few months.
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Old 01-30-2013, 07:40 PM   #6
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I am not sure your current PC is able to keep LPS or SPS tho
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I think he means what color daylights should he use along with the blue LEds.
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With LEDs you can customize to the 10k or whatever "look" you are looking for.
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Old 01-30-2013, 08:00 PM   #9
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Well hopefully I will have all LEDs soon my question would be on the pc's for now
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Well I don't have the money for LEDs so should I stay with pc or go to HO T5 10,000 ? 55 gallon tank setting up for corals and fish I would like to support both LPS and SPS.
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