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I will have a 40G breeder. I would like to keep softies and an anemone. How many watts of CF lighting would I need?
ok t-5's it is stand by for fixture. How many watts of halides would i need for a nem?
can I use a halide flood light thats ethier 500 or 300 watts?
its more about the color temp than watts in salt water from wha ti have been told.... for example 6500K will give great growth but awful color
10000K will give a bit more color and ok growth
20000K will give your great color and very little growth
so its really what you want out of the light and also how "blue" you want the tank to look 6500K is very bright and yellow 20000 is more white and blue
hope this helps some
the 300 watt would work, depending on the type of bulb. just watch your temps with only a 40 breeder and such a hot light. watts, or even more importantly the PAR rating of the light is what counts. for example you couldnt have a 10w 6500K bulb and expect great coral growth, if any at all.
I'm not really knowledgeable about lighting for fish tank. But this thread gave me the light.
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