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Old 06-25-2009, 01:40 AM   #1
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Saltwater Fish with reef - Lighting

I have my 55 gallon tank set up for awhile now. I have succesfully kept the water in the proper perameters. I have introduced severl differant fish with everyone happy. I also have some crabs, snails, a feather duster, and 2 anemones. I want to begin to get some corals to enhance the live rock. I was use floresent bulbs in my canopy but was told by on person at the lfs that I needed to upgrade and he suggested 50/50 bulbs that would fit into my current hood. So, I went out and purchased them. Went back to the same lfs and the person working tonight says thay aren't strong enough for corals. Now I am confused and fustrated, working on a limited budget, and need some real life advice. Thank you
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regular florescent or compact florescent?
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Old 06-25-2009, 04:57 AM   #3
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Wattage of the bulbs would be helpful also.
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They are regular floresent Brand Zoo Med- reef sun 50/50. They are 15 watts and I have 2. Says on the pakage It is a combination os 6500k trichromatic day light phospher and actnic phosph in the same lamp. Provides high intensity full spectrum illumination, strong in the short wavelength blue essential for photosynthetic corals.

The tank is 48"long 13"wide, and 18 inches deep.
Although I have a 4"base of live sand and about 35 pounds of live rock. I have purchased one pink zoo polyp coral and that is doing fine. I have it on top of one of my large rocks and is less than 12' from the lighting.

I hope this helps
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Welcome to AA. If they are regular flourecents then they wont make it. You`ll need some type of Power compacts at least. The ideal lighting would be T5`s or even MH`s. I use VHO lighting in my tank.
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Old 06-25-2009, 01:34 PM   #6
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30w is not enough wattage for a 55g if you plan to keep corals. you would need at least 216w's of T-5 lighting to keep the zoa's thriving. Anemones would need even more light. The reason corals need so much light is that most have an algae called zooxanthellae that lives in a symbiosis with the coral and provides most of the food that the coral needs to survive. You not only need lots of wattage, but the light also has to have penetration power to get down to the coral. In short that is the reason for strong lights in a reef aquarium.
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30w is not enough wattage for a 55g if you plan to keep corals. ... Anemones would need even more light. ...
Agree with the others and just want to point out that the two anemones that you already have won't last long under your existing lighting.
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Good point Kurt..
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I have found this....
Aquarium Power Compact Light 130watts
CE Approved.
Approx Fixture Size: 47 1/4"L x 4 3/4"W x 2 1/4"H

Output:
  • 2x 65W PC. Straight pins configuration.
Feature:
  • CE approved.
  • German made light reflecter.
  • Non-corrosive coated housing.
  • Acrylic Shield.
  • Free Mounting legs.
Free bulbs:
  • 2x 65W 50/50 ( Half 12000K daylight, Half Actinic 460nm)
I know this is stort of the 216 watts mentioned below, but would this be a good enough improvement to keep my anemones healthy and the coral I already have. Also could this be stong enough to support a star polyp?
Thank you for your imput
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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.
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