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post #1 of 6 Old 10-02-2012, 08:18 AM Thread Starter
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My tanks has a 48" fixture with 4 straight pin PC bulbs (2 white and2 blue)
I would like to have the shimmer effect and have the colors stand out. Is there something I could do the get this or would I have to change the lighting completely? Is this lighting good for a coral reef tank? If not what is the most affordable way to get the right lighting for a coral reef tank and have the shimmer with great colors for coral and fish?
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post #2 of 6 Old 10-02-2012, 08:24 AM
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Only way you will get the shimmer effect is from LED lights.

Are the bulbs T5HO (high output) or regular bulbs? If they are regular you will be limited as to what you can keep in the tank.

There are LED fixtures out there at are not too expensive, but for corals you will need a brighter fixture over regular bulbs.

10g Fry / Hospital / QT tank (as needed)

75g Saltwater Reef, Ocellaris Clownfish, Lyretail Antias (baby), Lemon damsel, Longtail Fairy Wrasse, purple dottyback, snails, crabs and a few LPS corals.

220g Still sitting empty (come on Lottery I need the numbers to come up!)
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post #3 of 6 Old 10-02-2012, 09:29 AM
Metal Halides and LED's create shimmer, none of the others do.
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post #4 of 6 Old 10-02-2012, 10:09 AM Thread Starter
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Are there any special Leds that are needed for corals?
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post #5 of 6 Old 10-02-2012, 10:47 AM Thread Starter
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Will this light work?
48-51" Aquarium LED Light
Double Power 3300
Dimension: 46.5" X 5" X 1"
  • 54x HQ 1 watt LED (46x 10000K daylight, 8x 460nm Actinic)
  • 3300 Lumen
  • Super slim housing in black finish.
  • 2 mode ON / OFF power switch ( "I" mode: Actinic LED on only, "II" mode: All Daylight and actinic LED on.)
  • Extend-able bracket . 51" max lenght.
  • AC110-240V AC adapter.
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post #6 of 6 Old 10-02-2012, 11:16 AM
For corals you need to look for 3w LED.
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