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Old 10-05-2012, 08:40 PM   #1
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I got a good craigslist trade, 70 gallon acrylic 4 ft stretched octagon tank with stand and canopy. It came with a coralife ballast for 2 65 watt power compact lights. I am planning on getting new bulbs one 10k and one blue. Could I add anything to it to make it reef comparable. I want to use canopy so it would need to fit. Also would lights get too hot and damage acrylic?

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Old 10-05-2012, 08:53 PM   #2
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You could really mount a variety of light to that canopy. LEDs, metal halides it all depends on what your trying to accomplish as far what kind of corals you wanna keep.
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Old 10-05-2012, 09:22 PM   #3
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Well I wanted to use what I have and add something else to try to keep cost down. Would those lights alone produce enough light for mushrooms, polyps or softies. I would like to be able to do others too that's why I was hoping I could add something and still stay in budget. What are some low budget ideas? Thanks.

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Well I wanted to use what I have and add something else to try to keep cost down. Would those lights alone produce enough light for mushrooms, polyps or softies. I would like to be able to do others too that's why I was hoping I could add something and still stay in budget. What are some low budget ideas? Thanks.

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You can do soft corals,mushrooms, Xenia,leathers,zoas,GSP. You can always add some LED strips like ecoxotic LEDs.

http://www.ecoxotic.com/panorama-marine-led-system.html
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Old 10-05-2012, 10:19 PM   #5
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That's a very serviceable light setup for all the corals you want to keep. If you make a hood with a little room you can easily add a couple of LED fixtures later on but you can definitely do lots of soft corals with what you have as long as you get new bulbs.
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Old 10-05-2012, 10:26 PM   #6
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What bulbs would you recommend? I like the way the white and blue look together. I can pick them up tomorrow my lfs is having huge sale.
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I always ran a 10000k and an actinic when I had a 2 PC light system. You can just see what they have for sale at the store and choose a combo that will work for you.
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Old 10-06-2012, 08:36 PM   #8
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Picked up a 65 watt acintic light today, had to order a 10k since they were out. Which of those corals would host a clown the best?
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Picked up a 65 watt acintic light today, had to order a 10k since they were out. Which of those corals would host a clown the best?
As far as soft corals, probably a long-polyp toadstool leather. All my clowns hosted in them and I grew tons of them under 2 65w PCs. If you search google or YouTube you will likely find pics or vids of clowns hosting them.
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