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bearwithfish 06-23-2010 11:57 AM

Refugium Lighting question
so now that the DT is finally going and i am not going to mess with it i turn my thought to lights on my Refugium... i currently have a little 12" t5 running on it (will be running opposite my DT as of tonight) is this sufficient? i was almost thinking a CFl grow bulb may be a better option in a clamp on fixture or something... ATM all that is in there is some rubble. eventually i plan on a little sand and some seaweed clumps to culture pods from some pieces of LR i may put in later...

trukgirl 06-23-2010 01:18 PM

All I have over mine is a clip-on lamp I got at Lowes with a 15w 6500k CFL, and its growing all KINDS of lovely stuff in there. The macro algae all but died, but I think I added it WAAAY too soon. There was nothing for it to eat. It is starting to make a comeback though. I'll take a pic later so you can see what all is growing in there. Its FULL of purplish and a little bit of green algae. BTW... I leave it on all the time, I never turn it off. I went through cycles of turning it off, and it all seems to be doing better when I just leave it on all the time. (Its not like there are any animals or coral in there that need a light cycle)

bearwithfish 06-23-2010 01:29 PM

thank you that is very helpful :)

trukgirl 06-26-2010 06:42 PM

Sorry I got busy this week... as soon as the cam charges I'll get a pic. (ran the battery out today while we were at a free demo at Bigfoot headquarters...) I hope its helping, what did you end up doing?

trukgirl 06-27-2010 10:26 AM

teddyzaper 06-27-2010 03:38 PM

that pink/purple stuff is bad for the tank, i would recomend scraping it off. also the green is just algea

trukgirl 06-27-2010 04:55 PM

I thought the purple stuff was the good coraline algae? It doesn't actually look so green... the flash did that.

bearwithfish 06-27-2010 07:38 PM

sorry i was out a few days camping with the family... atm i am doing nothing i and gathering more info before i decide it looks like a clamp on with a grow light will be in order

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