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Old 03-24-2011, 12:19 AM   #1
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Watts per gallon

I need to know the watts per gallon I need fir my aquarium, I have live rock, and anemone. And fish eventually coral! My tank is 55 gal, how many watts do I need for my tank!
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Old 03-24-2011, 12:44 AM   #2
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I'm not sure but I do know this kind of question is the first step, not the second...
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What light do you currently have? Anemones require alot of light and a very established tank. how long has your tank been up and running? Did you cycle your tank with any chemicals? Do you have your water parameters? Ammonia, nitrite, nitrate
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Everything is great tank has been up for 2 months nothing has died, water is perfect I just figured out that I mis calculated my watts, I only have 30 :/ would just like to know how much I actually need
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Old 03-24-2011, 01:38 AM   #5
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Actually it depends on the type of light you want LED, metal halide or t5. What type anemone do you have? What type of corals are you wanting?
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None yet waiting to get my lights fixed first, rights now I have halogen, what do you recommend?
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Old 03-24-2011, 11:56 AM   #7
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I say T5, cheaper and very strong if you have a good fixture
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Myself I say a metal halide with two 150w bulbs if heat isn't an issue either that go with t5's with separate reflectors either 4 or 6 tubes.
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I'm not sure but I do know this kind of question is the first step, not the second...
+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.
For a anemone I say go with any
4xbulb t5 high output.
Or metal halide.. And if you have mucho money LEDs will do.
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