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PostPosted: 2003.06.18(Wed)21:51    Post subject: Lighting:Got the ground yanked right out from under me Reply with quote

When I went into saltwater from the freshwater hobby, I was pretty confident that I knew what kind of lighting I needed for my reef tank. My aspiration is to take care of Anemones, and those Blue clams more than SPS's.

The original plan was to use 4 96W Power compacts, wiht the approporate proportion of Actinics (which now, I'm not sure of anymore).

My tank is 48x18x18, about 70 gal, 6 sq.ft of surface area. What kind of lighting would I need to carry out my anemone/clam aspirations without breaking the bank (keepingin in mind that I'm Canadian, which means I have to break the bank 1.6 times harder lol). The more I read, the more conflicted I became, and the store owners were no help. Generally speaking, for an ICecap VHO ballast, cheapest in my city is about $500 Dollars (cdn.), metal halides being a bit more. Everyone of them gave me thier opinion, and squeezed in a subtle "..remeber to buy it from me..".

My tank has about 2 inches of substrate so the actual distance light has to travel to the bottom is about 16 inches, maybe less if I situate the corals on live rock.

I relalize that going into this hobby would cost $$$ (what hobby doesn't?). I just want the money that I spent to be well worth it.

Thansk in advance to anyone who give a word of advice.
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PostPosted: 2003.06.19(Thu)4:34    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well you picked two of the harder species of reef inhabitants too start out with. Clams and Anenomes both need to be directly hand fed and both need good lighting. If you want the more colorful clams like the crocea and the maxima your going to have to go with the metal halides. A two 250 watt metal halide fixture with VHO or NO actinics is going to run you 600(american) I can't recommend good health for those clams with anything less than that on that tank.
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PostPosted: 2003.06.25(Wed)19:20    Post subject: Reply with quote

Heres an article that may help its called what type of lighting is best

http://www.simplifiedreefkeeping.com/faq/6.htm
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