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Lighting for Mushrooms & an Anemone
I am interested in upgrading my lighting and would love some advice. My water quality is great, and I would like to add some mushrooms to my tank and possibly an anemone for my clown. I have the basic 2 bulb light strip on my 55 gallong tank now. What would be the easiest and least expensive lighting to add? My husband isn't as into this as I am so my budget is somewhat limited. I have read so much on lighting, but haven't been able to find a straight answer - maybe there isn't one, but I'd appreciate any advice!
To light up a 55 gallon tank your prolly lookin between $200-$400. The best options for you would be either T-5 fixture or a PC. You also have to look at how powerfull the lights are. A general rule of thumb for a reef tank is about 4-8 watts per gallon, depending on the light needs of the inverts you plan on putting in the tank. I have a 55 gallon with a BTA and mushrooms in it, i have a light fixture with 4 T-5's that is about 216w and they are all doin fine. But be prepared to spend at least $250 for a decent light for what you want to do.
Depending upon the anemone you get I would never recommend anything smaller than a 250w halide directly over the anemone. As was stated they can live in different environments but as a general rule the more intense the lighting the better. For mushrooms just about any light will do.
If all you can afford is PC lighting, perhaps you may consider adding Frogspawn as opposed to the Anemone. PC is plenty of light for Frogspawn and at least the Frogspawn will stay where you put it (for the most part). Best prices Ive found for PC lights were at www.hellolights.com
Hellolights is King.
A period of 4 hours a day of intense direct lighting from halides has been shown to be the most beneficial. After that amount of time most photosynthetic tank inhabitants seem to have their fill. I choose to leave my lights on longer only because I like the look of the lights being on. T5 lighting can be used in smaller tanks but the light is not as direct or intense. Because of this many old timers are still put off by them. I'd rather fill up my specimens with intense lighting than try to saturate them in weaker lighting for a longer period of time.
Makes sense, thanks!
I did see an anemone today that doesn't feed off of light. What is this?
(sorry OP to take over the thread. I'd be happy to start another if I need to)
Hopefully not a dreaded aptasia or majano. Some say that condylactis, flower and rock anemones don't need much light. They are not much to look at if you compare them with "higher" anemones such as bubbletips, carpet, magnificent ritteri that need high powered lighting.
I've heard of aptasia only as negative things. Maybe that's what it is, because they were only selling this hand size anemone for $18. Seemed too good to be true to me.
One of the white rock anemones Aquatek had in last week back in the acrylic divider tanks, near the pistol shrimps and feather dusters.......... Bruce is a great guy when you get to know him. Huge discounts for maast members.
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