ok so I finally got my new lighting, now MHs arent an option for me so I had to go with T5 lights, I bought a 4 strip T5 light 2 blue 2 whites, and this is for a 55g...I would just like to know if this is sufficient for just some basic corals, Im not interested in the more advanced corals, but maybe some mushrooms, and some leathers....also does the acintic (sp?) blue lights do anything for the coral or is the blue just to bring out their color? I ask because I have a regualr flourescent strip, now if I change all my T5s to the white light, and put a blue on just my regualr flourescent, would that help at all, or do the corals actually need that T5 blue? Thanks for any responses :-)
I used the formula of watts per gallon (wpg) to figure out the answer to your question. Depending on the brand of striplight & light tubes the average wattage for each tube is about 54 watts so 54x4=216/55= about 3.92 which is near 4 watts per gallon. I would o.k. mushroom corals but nothing else. If you do decide to keep corals I do not reccommend you place them any lower than 10" from the surface. The blue light is actually beneficial to photosynthetic animals. This light is called actinic. You sound like a begginner to corals so I'll reccommend a few easy corals suited for your tank. You should also have good waterflow.
Bullseye Mushroom Coral
Lavender Mushroom Coral
Elephant Ear Mushroom Coral
If you have any other questions send me a private message and I'd be glad to help :-)
thank you, yeah Ive only kept FOWLR tanks and never kept corals...so yes Im a newbie to corals :lol:...thanks for the response though.
you can keep mushrooms, zoathid sp, palythoa, and kenya tree.
prob. even green star polyps and xenia.
could you tell me more about your set up please?
ok my setup is 55g, 65lbs LR, AquaC remora skimmer...emperor dual bio wheel HOB filter, fluval canister filter, hydor korila propellar flow, 4x54 watts T5 2 blues, 2 whites, 1x36 watt 50/50 T8, heater, 50lbs live sand
In the tank now...
1 tomato clown
2 firefish gobies
1 yellow watchman goby
1 bullseye pistol shrimp
handful of hermits and snails
Just been adding fish slowly...going to be getting some yellow fan sponges here in a bout a week or so also
glad i asked.
your going to want to remove the bio wheel and the canister filter. these are great on a freshwater setup but on a saltwater tank they trap debris and detritus causing excess nutrient buildup. your filtration should consist of good flow, enough quality live rock, a quality skimmer, and water changes at the minimum. you can also have deep sand bed ( which gets tricky because you need proper depth. less then an inch, 4-6 inches or no sand is alright, anything else traps debris just like a canister filter ) a sump, carbon/phosban reactors but bio wheels, bio balls, canisters, HOB and the sort cause issue.
do you know your alk, ca, and mag levels? if you dont your going to need liquid test kits and suppliments to dose for them as well.
Agree with Onefish, GSP and Xenia will do fine under this assortment of lighting and you don't have to keep them less then 10" from the top. Placement should be fine throughout the tank. Just be sure to put more photosynthetic sensitive corals higher in the tank, Example would be Toadstool to a mushroom. toadstool should be higher maybe 10" from to while the shroom can be at the bottom.
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