As I'm rebuilding what was once a completely neglected 100 gallon SW
reef I'm now at the stage of rebuilding the lighting system....learning things like>the 4 flourescent tubes were'nt the correct ones...which probably caused the demise of ALL corals...They ARE all dead !!
I am currently using the lights off of a 10 gallon tank...opening all windowblinds in the a.m.'s....for the NATURAL sunlight benifits.. and the blacklight from same ..(.therein closeing blinds @ dusk) inadequet at best....I Know.
I recently had the ballist manufactorer inspect/service the (fairly-new) ballist so as to BE SURE its all-good.
Now its time for purchasing new tubes.
The origional system consists of 4-4' long flourescent tubes which apparently ran on some sort of timer system..(household lighting timer)...which are installed in the wooden tanklid....much the same as many which I've viewed on this site.
Obviously I need to purchase tubes which produced proper UV
's..etc. Do these (same) tubes also kick-down at night for the night-lighting effect???Or is it possible that 2 of these tubes were ORIGIONALLY designated for daytime lighting...and two for nightime lighting.( would two of the CORRECT TUBES be adequet enough daytime (and nightime) lighting to sustain most coral life...so as to enable me to start restocking the project with corals...enenemies without fear of killing anybody ??
When purchasing tubes...what kinda numbers should I be looking for on the tubes or packageing?Are there such things as a per gallon...wattage equasion??....Daytime watts/UV
's...vs Nightime ??