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Old 06-04-2012, 07:03 PM   #1
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Reef lighting question

I am moving my 38 gallon into a 55 gallon aquarium. I just purchased a 36 inch t5 light. My question is. Will this light work better for coral than the compact fluorescents I have currently.

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Old 06-04-2012, 07:18 PM   #2
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It should. They put out less heat and more lumens per watt than PCs.
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Old 06-05-2012, 09:00 PM   #3
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Cool thanks, I don't think it comes with moonlights just a white and actinic T5
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Old 06-05-2012, 09:39 PM   #4
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You'd do much better if you could upgrade to a 4 or 6 bulb fixture.
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Agreed. That's not much for a reef tank. I would like for a 4 or 6 lamp unit that's 48" long.
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That all depends on the corals. He can have a great looking soft coral reef tank with those lights. Plus, I love the look of a tank that's more centrally lit than uniformly lit. Gives it a great effect. Just gotta match the right animals to the light. Not everybody needs SPSs.
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I guess it's a matter of opinion, but I would not want dark corners and quite limiting lighting over my reef tank.
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Just got my 75g tank today. It came with a coral life 48in T5 fixture with 1 10000k bulb and 1 actinic. Will that be enough to make my frogspawn, Xenia, colt, and mushrooms happy?

Also I have a green open brain coral coming in next month will this be enough, or should I use the 48in light plus a 36in t5 1white 1actinic that I bought off eBay ?
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I would use both. it's a long way to the sand bed for 2 lamps.
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Old 06-08-2012, 01:03 PM   #10
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Agreed. A 75 is way deep from front to back for 2 bulbs to handle. Plus it gives you more options for bulb combinations later on to get just the look you like.
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