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bndrinkin 04-04-2008 08:51 AM

T5 lighting
i currently have a coralife light fixture 30" Aqualight T5 - Double Linear Strip - Designer Black with F-18-T5-BP Actinic and a F-18-T5-BP fluorescent bulbs. i am thinking about adding another one b/c i want to make my tank a reef tank and will put the 2 fluorescent in one fixture and the 2 Actinic in the other fixture to simulate dusk and dawn. do you think that is enough watts. 37 gal tank

gymnothorax 04-04-2008 10:25 AM

it's a trick question, what do you plan to keep in the tank? For most softies, you shouldn't have any problems, but for any large polyp stonies or certian anemones, you might be lacking a little bit. Let me know what corals appeal to you.

bndrinkin 04-04-2008 12:49 PM

dont have a prefference. whats better

just trying not to have to buy all new lighting since i have one set now. going to build a canopy top this weekend

bndrinkin 04-04-2008 08:52 PM

so it looks like each set of light is 36 watts. so i will have 72 watts b/c of 2 sets of lights for a 37 gal tank. is that enough?

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