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Joined: 08 Dec 2003
Location: North Carolina

PostPosted: 2003.12.08(Mon)20:49    Post subject: 30 gal lighting Reply with quote

Have a 30 gal with live rock, 2 anenomes, two stars, two hermits, and four fish. Have not had any problems and tank is a year old but live rock is not as colorful as a pet stores is. Do I need more lighting for this? I have a regular floresent.
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Joined: 29 Nov 2003
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PostPosted: 2003.12.09(Tue)16:28    Post subject: Reply with quote

definetely get a 50/50 flourescent and actinic fixture. The anenomes need it as well as the live rock.. After a while with the light, you'll see the live rock get more vibrant in color as certain bacterias and algaes will grow. You should see a difference in the anenomes also. How long have you have the anenomes so far???
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PostPosted: 2003.12.11(Thu)9:09    Post subject: Reply with quote

Are you sure what you're refering to as anemones arent Aiptasia? Anemones are high light corals which require Metal Halide lighting. Regular flourescent lights will not be enough for anemones. If they're not Aiptasia and you do plan to keep them healthy and alive I would really suggest going with a 250w MH option.
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PostPosted: 2003.12.16(Tue)10:04    Post subject: Reply with quote

Anemones in regular floruescent lighting will not live. They do need the metal halides they do not accept anything less. If its aptasia anenomes my advice is to get rid of them. Best way is to shoot it with kalkwasser right near the mouth so it eats it and melts it from the inside out. They can be very nasty stinging fish and corals.

Lighting does not affect the growth of corraling basically the color. With the lower level lighting you can get greens, blues, yellows. The higher level lighting is where you get your pinks and purple shades.
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