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MotoHead
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PostPosted: 2003.10.16(Thu)18:41    Post subject: lighting Reply with quote

what will a 220 watt power compact light support as far as life in a 55 gallon?thanks.
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PostPosted: 2003.10.18(Sat)9:33    Post subject: Reply with quote

4 watts per gallon is on the high end of what might be called Medium Lighing. With this much lighting I would expect to be able to keep soft corals and possibly some sps corals higher in the tank. Personally I would be pretty happy with this lighting on a 55.

To be sure you would want either 50/50 bulbs or 2 atinic bulbs and 2 white bulbs. (say 10000K).
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PostPosted: 2003.10.18(Sat)12:56    Post subject: lighting Reply with quote

thanks for your reply sinbad.got another dumb question.what is "sps"?
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PostPosted: 2003.10.19(Sun)22:30    Post subject: Reply with quote

SPS=Short Polyp Stony. Hard Corals with short polyps such as Acropora.
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PostPosted: 2003.10.20(Mon)14:53    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have 260 watts on a 55 and have been able to keep everything up to the more light needy SPS's (like acropora).

You will need to watch the bottom a bit 55's are 21 inches deep and that quite a lot for 220. Shrooms and Zoo's will grow there but that's about it.
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