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Old 03-24-2011, 08:39 PM   #11
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Actually, you do. Anemones are a type of coral.

Agree with others... a 4 bulb T5HO would be the minimum I would consider if you want to keep the anemone healthy.
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So for my tank you think a 160w t5 quad fixture would work?
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+1 and no that anemone is not good..... :-/ first if you wanted to house a anemone , you should have VERY VERY STRONG LIGHTING! Then wait about 8 months to a year...... just to make sure your tank is established, and doesn't go thru ph,nitrates,ammonia,nitrite SWINGS that will kill it.......please do more reading as they have lots of interesting web sites on anemone.

But to answer your question: watts per gallon really can't apply much since lighting has advanced.
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4xbulb t5 high output.
Or metal halide.. And if you have mucho money LEDs will do.
Very good advice
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I want to upgrade mine as well, I have 4 t12 IceCaps. on a 100 gallon.

I cant decide on what to get... I was thinking T5HO's because I cant afford a chiller for the MH.. and LED's I would need to sell my arms and legs... LOL

So really.. how do you calculate how many watts per gallon? I have read 3 to 5 watts. so for my 100 gallon I would need 500 watts?

Right now I have a small pulsing xenia and a mushroom. They are doing fine, but I think I need better lights before I spend any money on sps.
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I want to upgrade mine as well, I have 4 t12 IceCaps. on a 100 gallon.

I cant decide on what to get... I was thinking T5HO's because I cant afford a chiller for the MH.. and LED's I would need to sell my arms and legs... LOL

So really.. how do you calculate how many watts per gallon? I have read 3 to 5 watts. so for my 100 gallon I would need 500 watts?

Right now I have a small pulsing xenia and a mushroom. They are doing fine, but I think I need better lights before I spend any money on sps.
While the W/Gal seems to be a rule of thumb for aquariums, I would like to point out that two similarly Watted bulbs can be very different in light output. Not only can color temperature change, but so can the raw light output (lumens). Even a 20W Fluorescent bulb can vary over 100 Lumens.

Wattage is nothing more than the measure of -energy drawn- by a lightbulb. While it's been a rather popular notion that the higher the wattage, the brighter the bulb, this isn't necessarily true. As technologies improve, bulbs have been able to provide more lumens per watt. (You may wish to google luminous efficacy.) Compare a T12 and a T5HO at the same wattage and you'll find that the lm/W is much higher for T5s.

When looking into fixtures, be sure to total the lumen count before you buy or you may find yourself with less raw light than you need and a hole burnt in your wallet...
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