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Old 04-30-2014, 10:31 AM   #1
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Quick lighting question

Is a quad t5 light fixture with two actinic bulbs and two white bulbs enough to provide high light? What would be the best ratio, two actinic and two white or three white and one antinic?
The tank is 50 gallons and I am looking at the fixture in the link below.
HO T5 Aquarium Light Fixture: Coralife Lunar Aqualight HO T5 Aquarium Light Fixture

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Old 04-30-2014, 11:54 AM   #2
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It depends on the depth of the tank and what you are wanting to keep in the tank. Lower light LPS corals would be ok, as well as some softies, would be ok under a quad bulb T5HO.
In terms of the bulbs, when using high quality bulbs it would come down to personal preference. When I ran my quad bulb, I used an aquablue special, two blue plus, and a fiji pink to get the color I wanted.
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Old 04-30-2014, 12:03 PM   #3
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Tank is 19 inches deep. Seems as if most of the corals my partner and I like are all moderate - high light. What type of t5 fixture would I need to achieve that?
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I'd want at 6 bulbs for a tank that deep. I'm sure high light corals could do ok near the top but doubtful as you go down. Jw what corals are you looking into?
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I am not sure of the specific names, my husband and I started a list on his laptop but I don't have it on hand. When he gets home, I will post a few. All I remember is as we were looking though the options, a lot of them were listed as moderate to high light. Let me see if I can find a few on the net.
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Sometimes websites can be very off with coral requirements. Posting the names would be great as many of us have direct experience with a wide range of species.
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Any good beginner corals you can suggest? I have been keeping freshwater tanks for a long time but this will be my first stab at salt water. I knew the lighting requirements were higher because it doesn't penetrate as easily in salt as it does in fresh, but didn't realize it would be that much higher though. I think we are leaning more toward mostly softies and a few hard corals. I absolutely love the Mushroom Corals and Torch Coral. My husband wants some variation of anemones because we plan on getting two clown fish
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If you want a nem you will definitely want a 6 bulb fixture. They're high light and require a mature tank (8-12 months old). A 4 bulb would be fine for the shrooms and torch. I love zoanthids as they come in every color variety out there. They're also easy to care for. Um Duncan's are cool, hammers, acans are all nice
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Are LED's a better option? I wanted them originally but all of my freshwater tanks have t5's so it is what I am most use to. A 6 lamp t5 runs about $500 and for me to get two of the taotronic LED's it would be about the same anyway. I just keep reading that I am going to need a chiller for the taotronics and I really didn't want to bother with that.

We plan on growing this overtime, so I need to find some good "after cycle" type corals then I can slowly add others as the tank gets more established.

I like zoanthids, I saw them at my LFS.
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You won't need a chiller for the Taos, that's crazy. Leds put off much less heat than t5s. I'd definitely get two Taos. You could keep any type of corals/nems/clams under that an it will save you a ton of $$$.
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