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seawitch0313
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PostPosted: 2003.06.11(Wed)15:25    Post subject: Lighting question? Reply with quote

Hi, my saltwater tank is still in the planning stages and will be so for quite a while. I've been doing a lot of reading but most of what I've found so far doesn't help me to figure what kind of lighting I need. I have a 20 gallon tall tank I'm planning to use for starters. I'm wondering if the light I have on it now is sufficent for saltwater. I just checked the bulb, its a 15 watt fluorescent bulb. My plan for my tank right now is live rock, dolmite substrate, a pair of clownfish with an anemone hopefully, a gramma, a starfish, and a cleaner shrimp. Most likely the fish will come before the inverts, I'm pretty sure I remember somewhere that anemones need some good light so I probably will have to upgrade when I get that(if I do) but is the light I have good for starters? If not what wattage should I look for?
I'll have to examine the hood itself to see if it can handle a higher wattage as well.
Thanks so much, you guys are a big help!! I'm so glad I found you!!
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SoS
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Joined: 16 Feb 2003
Location: New Jersey, USA

PostPosted: 2003.06.11(Wed)18:02    Post subject: Reply with quote

for a fish only tank that 15 watt light is perfect.

Anenomes need as much light as corals do.

IF you do want anenomes I recommend something like this for lighting.

the JBJ 30 inch
http://www.petsolutions.com/cgi-bin/cgiitmls?m=ThisP&p=1052.310000&l=28

Once you get that wattage you'll inherit all the headaches of a reef tank. micro Algae, red slime, macro algae, heat, and water evaporation.

You will also need Filtered water for an anenome. RO or RO/DI

Also only certain Clownfish host with certain anenomes and some anenomes won't host at all(condy's).

If I find the list I'll tell you which ones are compatible with Percula and Ocellaris.

Boy seawitch you keep me busy Laughing I'm gonna start charging by the hour Laughing
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seawitch0313
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PostPosted: 2003.06.12(Thu)7:33    Post subject: Thanks Reply with quote

But I so appreciate the time you've taken to answer my questions Very Happy Very Happy I don't want to make a 'simple' mistake and kill anything Very Happy Thanks for the light suggestion, I'll have to see if they have that at my not-so-local fishstore.

Thanks again!!
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PostPosted: 2003.06.12(Thu)15:07    Post subject: Reply with quote

If your local place can't beat the prices on this link order here.

http://www.drunkenboat.net/ReefEncounter/home.html

FORMOSA DX-SS COMBO 65W 1 6500K DAYLIGHT/ 7100K BLUE 65 WATTS 30" $139.99
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