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post #41 of 56 Old 12-16-2009, 08:03 PM Thread Starter
I might get a stroke of luck if I can get my lfs to take my oscar and red zebra cichlid. That will free up my 20 gallon high.
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post #42 of 56 Old 12-17-2009, 06:40 AM
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What lights should I use. I want a design that i can turn the lights on and off right to left.
Why? What are your ultimate plans for this tank?



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It will make it more like sunlight and should not shock the fish (because of so much light at once) when I turn them on/off.
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It will make it more like sunlight and should not shock the fish (because of so much light at once) when I turn them on/off.
This is why so many people in this hobby use a combo of actinics and daylights. I have my actinics come on at 12:30, and turn off at 11:30, and my 10,000k's turn on at 3:30 and turn off at 9:30. This simulates a slightly more gradual change than just turning lights on and off...

Here are a few light fixtures you can go with. What is your plan? Reef? FO? FOWLR?

Nova Extreme SLRT-5 Fixtures: go with the 24" x 8" 4 bulb, saltwater.
Coralife Lunar Aqualights CP: I'm not personally a Compact Flourescent fan...
Aqualight Pro HQI/CP/Lunar Light: Best light production, but they run HOT...



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post #45 of 56 Old 12-17-2009, 03:18 PM Thread Starter
reef. I might go out and get a 20 gallon long and use the 20 gallon high as a sump.
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post #46 of 56 Old 12-17-2009, 03:29 PM
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My personal favorites are T-5's HO. Do you plan on keeping SPS, LPS or just softies?



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post #47 of 56 Old 12-17-2009, 03:54 PM Thread Starter
I want to be prepared to get any of them.
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post #48 of 56 Old 12-19-2009, 04:41 PM Thread Starter
My pet store did take my oscar and red zebra cichlid. So my 20 gallon high is empty. Hopping to get a 20 gallon long or 29 gallon tank soon.
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post #49 of 56 Old 12-21-2009, 07:44 AM
Halides or LED's supplemented with T5HO's would be the absolute best, but expensive.
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Halides or LED's supplemented with T5HO's would be the absolute best, but expensive.
Very true.

I actually had Halides on my 46 bow for a long time, but eventually went to T5HO's. Metal Halides use waaay to much electricity, and run very hot. I had a hard time in the summer with overheating in my tank, and couldn't afford a chiller. I switched to T5HO's, and love the output and effiency.

I have no experience with LED's. I just cannot see how those diodes give enough light penetration...

I have kept LPS and Softies with no problem for the past year with T5HO's. I haven't tried SPS, but I know people who successfully keep them with T5's.



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