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Old 12-18-2006, 08:03 AM   #41
 
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With those I would suggest a bubble anemone for the clowns.
The only problem I have with this is that if you plan on having any other types of corals, polyps, or anenomes I would not recommend that. I have a bubble tip in my 120gal for my 2 yellow striped maroons, and they might be losing there home. Only because they move alot and I have to keep moving other things around so the bubble tip wont kill it. If it touchs other livings things such as corals, and other anenomes it will give them a sting of there life, might even kill it.[/quote]
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Old 12-18-2006, 03:22 PM   #42
 
the amount of lightine he is going to require for 1 anenamone will be enuff for to keep most corals.-rite? If he truly only want one anenamone in his tank and no other corals than posibly he could put one 70 watt halide were he wants the anenamone to stay and hopfuly the anenamone will not go past the light boundary.
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Old 12-18-2006, 07:29 PM   #43
 
Believe that anenamone not going to stay put. It will move when he feels the need.
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Old 12-18-2006, 10:12 PM   #44
 
It prolly wouldent move to an area with low lite though-at least not for long.
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Old 12-19-2006, 12:19 AM   #45
 
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For starters, lighting is not the only reason anemones move around. They will move to find better circulation, too. They are known to move quite often for various reasons, still no reason I see to go with halide, as it's not needed. Halide is more expensive to buy and to run, and as the heat issue has already been approached... the T5 is still what I suggest. I would work with a 6 - 8 bulb T5 HO (high output) fixture (48 inch for a 55 gallon tank). With this lighting, if you wish to do corals in the future, because of the shallownees of a 55 gallon tank, there are still many coral options open to you.
Because an anemone will get so large and move around so much, it's not advised to put much for corals into that tank anyways because you risk the chances of the anemone stinging the corals.
I still say halide would be a waste for this setup.
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Old 12-19-2006, 08:14 AM   #46
 
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It prolly wouldent move to an area with low lite though-at least not for long.
I would have to disagree with you on that only because mine will stay pinned in the lower corner or under a rock for a while. Then pop up and go back down.

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lighting is not the only reason anemones move around
And like bettababy said they like to catch what ever they can from the movement of the water.

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still no reason I see to go with halide, as it's not needed. Halide is more expensive to buy and to run,
I would go with the MH's. For 3 reasons is once you start on a saltwater tank you will see more stuff you like and want to get it, but wait you bought T5's or PC so them beautiful corals you may want to get you wont be able to. (2) Say you do go with the PC's or T5's and you do want to get that high light needing coral, and decide to buy some or one MH, then you wasted money buying the T5's or the PC's or you can build a canapy and attach the flourescnts along with the MH's so your not wasting money buying more light fixtures. (3) Its just better to look at your tank when the MH's are on.

As for the more expensive to buy get them off ebay, I bought 2-250w 20k MH for $289 and thats good for 2, as for the expensive to run, I cant give advice for that as I live on a base and dont pay for electricty, but I wouldn't think it would as you should only run them for about 4-6 hrs a day.



The lighting for a saltwater tank is the most difficult thing to choose, and everybody has there take on want they want and different views of what to get. It all depends on the look that your tring to achieve.
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Old 12-19-2006, 10:27 PM   #47
 
i wont place corals just anemones.
can you please give me pics so that i can see clearly the advantages of using MH or T5.am very much confused.

please, provide me pics, i mean actual pics or video showing the diference of MH and T5. please.
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Old 12-19-2006, 11:23 PM   #48
 
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Look in the salt section for all of my pics. They are all with MH. Look in salt contest submmision as well.
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Old 12-19-2006, 11:24 PM   #49
 
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With halides.
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Old 12-20-2006, 07:53 AM   #50
 
This is about 2 months old, after I built the hood with my PC and MH's. The 3rd pic you can see all the lights, the MH's are warming up at the moment.




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