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Old 11-14-2012, 10:59 PM   #1
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Refugium light?

I'd like to see what most of you use to light your refugiums. i hear a lot of people use regular light bulbs while others like to use special refugium light fixtures. please explain why and what light you use...
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Old 11-14-2012, 11:29 PM   #2
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Great question!!!! I also want to know what everyone uses. Following
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Old 11-14-2012, 11:38 PM   #3
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If i had a fuge, then i would try red and blue led. 660nm and 455nm. Algae loves these spectrum.
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Old 11-15-2012, 04:19 AM   #4
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My fuge has a simple CFL light build on a $17 desk lamp with a clip attachment. Cheato grows like a weed. Nitrates at 0 now. Don't waste your money on special lights when regular CFLs provide great light spectrum.
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Do you guys run it 24 hours a day or only half days? and if so, which half?
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I also use cfl and cheato grows fine mine runs from midnight till noon .
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Will CFL work for fresh water also?
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Will CFL work for fresh water also?
You bet. I always used CFLs over a refugium. I also had them over my heavily planted tank for 4 years before switching recently for variety's sake. Can't endorse them enough.
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My fuge has a simple CFL light build on a $17 desk lamp with a clip attachment. Cheato grows like a weed. Nitrates at 0 now. Don't waste your money on special lights when regular CFLs provide great light spectrum.
Agree completely. I use a $6 shop clip on fixture (available at any hardware store) and a screw in CFL. My chaeto grows like mad, and I have never had detectable nitrates in my reef, or any significant algae growth in the DT to speak of. I light my refugium opposite the display tank.
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Thanks a bunch, thats what i'll do and save me 50 bucks lol
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