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post #11 of 14 Old 09-27-2006, 03:49 PM
No, the light that the coralline algea that live on the live rock needs at least 10,000k spectrum lighting. You can get away with getting a flourescent bulb that is called a 50/50. Anyone of this bulbs will do.

I would go with the one in the middle since it has all the light that you will need for now in one bulb. Then eventually I would upgrade to a better lighting system. That bulb will be good for you for now.
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post #12 of 14 Old 09-27-2006, 03:57 PM Thread Starter
Well, I don't mind getting the good system now for the tank, I just don't know which ones to get. That's what I'm trying to do now, figure out each item to get and create an entire list so that way I don't forget anything, that way once the startup cost is out of the way I'm sort of smooth sailing with small expenses from there. Is the one in the middle worth getting and keeping?
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post #13 of 14 Old 09-27-2006, 03:58 PM
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Does this mean that all of the algea in the piece of live rock I bought over a month ago are likely now dead because I've had a regular flourescent bulb in place this whole time? Damn Petland!
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post #14 of 14 Old 09-27-2006, 05:00 PM
Does the live rock still have the color that it did when you bought? Coraline algae loves actinic blue actinic light and hates white light. To give your coraline a boost, increase your blue light and decrease your white light. Coraline grows best deep in the ocean where only blue spectrum light can penetrate. When starting a reef tank, allow the blue actinic bulbs to run 24 hours a day for two weeks. If you can afford it go with this lighting:
I don't know how to make a link. I use this same light fixture on 4 different timers. But if you cannot afford it yet the 50/50 will do good for awhile
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