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klgj0102 10-02-2012 08:18 AM

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?

Tazman 10-02-2012 08:24 AM

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.

Reefing Madness 10-02-2012 09:29 AM

Metal Halides and LED's create shimmer, none of the others do.

klgj0102 10-02-2012 10:09 AM

Are there any special Leds that are needed for corals?

klgj0102 10-02-2012 10:47 AM

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.

Reefing Madness 10-02-2012 11:16 AM

For corals you need to look for 3w LED.

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