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Old 07-29-2011, 12:53 PM   #1
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Refugium Light Questions

Hi everybody, I was wondering if I could get some clarification on some lighting for my refugium. I wanted to grow some algae (stringy one) and needed a light for my refugium. Being cheap I asked what kind of light bulb I could buy from Lowes and someone said as long as it was 6500k (daylight it says) I would be fine.

My question is, will this light be okay to grow algae in my refugium? I also know about the reverse lighting cycle so that would mean leaving this light on through the night, bright but I wouldn't mind, I just wanted to make sure it would actually work.

Is there anything else that you could help me in regards to my refugium lighting?
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Old 07-29-2011, 03:05 PM   #2
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You could basically use any lights for this. The algae don't really mind lol. They grow under anything.
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Old 07-29-2011, 03:14 PM   #3
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I mean the stringy Chaetomorpha, Caulerpa.

So the lightbulbs I bought are not any different? >< I want to make this thing BOOM! thanks
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Wait, is it chaetomorpha or caulerpa? Those 2 are different things.
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chaetomorpha as thats what my LFS's carry. Wanted them to reduce my nitrates so I could get corals eventually
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That's all u need. Works great.
If ur refuse is under the stand with closed doors just open the door at night. Helps with the ph.
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Old 07-29-2011, 04:19 PM   #7
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Its sitting on the floor next to the tank in the open room. Just put the light close to the tank and leave it running? The lightbulb gets a little hot but I guess that's not a problem. Thank you will definitely start turning it on tonight
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I use an ultra low energy bulb works fine on my chaeto
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