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Old 06-25-2009, 11:17 PM   #11
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Old 06-25-2009, 11:34 PM   #12
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Hey, I've gotta agree with everyone here. Your current lighting won't support any corals, and the PC fixture won't do much better.
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Old 06-25-2009, 11:41 PM   #13
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Sorry, you won't be able to keep an anemone healthy with that amount of light. Wattage is not the only problem when it comes to compac flourescent lamps. They just don't have the PAR (intensity and penetration) for a 55g tank. As far as GSP's, if you put them a few inches from the light they might survive. Lighting is so necessary in a reef setting. If you buy the compac light system, you will soon be buying better lights as you try to keep LPS and/or SPS corals in the future.
One has to wonder how any anemone ever survived in the hobby prior to the advent of the T5 and halogen eh
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How about this...
T6 High Output Aquarium Compact Light 216 watts
Approx Fixture Size: 47 1/4"L x 7"W x 2 1/2"H



Output:
  • Advance T6 high output 54W x4, Total 216W
  • Dual lunar LED module x4.
Feature:
  • Individual power cords & power switches for T6 bulbs, and lunarLED.
  • German made light reflecter.
  • Non-corrosive coated housing
  • Mounting legs
  • Free Bulbs: 4x T6 HO 54W bulbs, 8x Lunar LED bulbs.
Bulb setting available in:
  • 2x 12000K Premium daylight. 2x True Actinic.ting close?
Am I getting close?
Thank you for your patience and advice
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Old 06-26-2009, 12:34 AM   #15
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One has to wonder how any anemone ever survived in the hobby prior to the advent of the T5 and halogen eh
I think they kept their water level in the tank at about 2". "Big Grin"
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Lighting for a reef tank

I want to purchase the correct light for a reef tank with fish. On another posting someone recommended the T5, but I found this..
T6 High Output Aquarium Compact Light 216 watts
Approx Fixture Size: 47 1/4"L x 7"W x 2 1/2"H




Output:
  • Advance T6 high output 54W x4, Total 216W
  • Dual lunar LED module x4.
Feature:
  • Individual power cords & power switches for T6 bulbs, and lunarLED.
  • German made light reflecter.
  • Non-corrosive coated housing
  • Mounting legs
  • Free Bulbs: 4x T6 HO 54W bulbs, 8x Lunar LED bulbs.
Bulb setting available in:
  • 2x 12000K Premium daylight. 2x True Actinic
I would purchase it in the combination of bulbs listed at the bottom that has actinic bulbs. I want to do lps, and sps corals, and zoa and anemones.

Can someone tell me if this would work? I don;t want to buy something just to need to replace it later.

55gal - 48x13x18

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Old 06-26-2009, 04:45 PM   #17
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How about this...
T6 High Output Aquarium Compact Light 216 watts
Approx Fixture Size: 47 1/4"L x 7"W x 2 1/2"H




Output:
  • Advance T6 high output 54W x4, Total 216W
  • Dual lunar LED module x4.
Feature:
  • Individual power cords & power switches for T6 bulbs, and lunarLED.
  • German made light reflecter.
  • Non-corrosive coated housing
  • Mounting legs
  • Free Bulbs: 4x T6 HO 54W bulbs, 8x Lunar LED bulbs.
Bulb setting available in:
  • 2x 12000K Premium daylight. 2x True Actinic.ting close?
Am I getting close?
Thank you for your patience and advice
T-6 bulbs may be hard to find when you have to replace them.
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My thoughts exactly. I take it you aren't interested in my used T5 fixture?
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I also have a feeling that T6 fixture is an Odyssea brand - not too great of customer experiences with that brand, if it is.

Regarding compact fluorescent lighting...

While it's not enough keep an anemone happy, if you have enough of it you can keep most LPS corals happy. In addition, a few SPS corals can do well under them, assuming you place them fairly high in the tank. Don't think you need T5 or metal halide to keep LPS/SPS corals, because you don't. But at the same time, don't think you're going to grow a thick forest of Acropora with them either!
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Good point Kurt. It's all in what you want to grow. My view is in general that most new guys(gals) don't really know what they want to grow as far as Zoa's, LPS or SPS and will find themselves buying new sets of lights to meet the corals demand at allot of $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ to boot.
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