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CREXK2
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PostPosted: 2011.03.19(Sat)17:56    Post subject: Reef lighting help Reply with quote

I'm starting a 55 gallon tank and id like to try my hand at keeping corals. My concern is about the lighting. I have no clue about lighting systems and I was wondering if someone could suggest a good quality lighting system. The most ill consider pying is about $300. Thanks for the help
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PostPosted: 2011.03.20(Sun)20:36    Post subject: Reply with quote

Successful lighting depends on what type of animals you are planning for your reef...
(soft corals only? or SPS varieties? would you be adding tridacna clams? Bubble tip anemone? etc., etc.) you need to match the requirements of the animals you intend to keep. Two areas you need to understand are spectrum and intensity... your research will lead to success, here are a couple of links that will help you...

Lighting the Reef Tank: A Primer for Beginners
http://reefkeeping.com/issues/2002-08/dw/index.php

Lighting the Reef Aquarium - Spectrum or Intensity?
http://www.advancedaquarist.com/2002/2/aafeature/view

Lighting Your Marine Invertebrates
http://www.wetwebmedia.com/marlgtganthony.htm

Fundamentals of Fluorescent Tubes
http://saltaquarium.about.com/cs/lighting/a/aa031300.htm
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PostPosted: 2011.03.20(Sun)22:44    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks and I want to to do mainly soft corals and maybe some anemone if possible
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