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Old 01-20-2009, 03:58 AM   #1
 
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Lighting questions

Actinic and 10k lights you need correct, with about a 4 watt per gallon Minimum. I also have seen alot of ballist with "moon" light but a friend of mine who is only in fresh water set ups says you can't even see in the tank with those lights.

Here are some lights i was looking at for my 55 gallon tank:

Satellite Dual 65W Compact Fluorescent Lighting Current USA Satellite 48 inch Power Compact Light

Current USA Nova Extreme Pro T5 Aquarium Lighting Fixture, 6X54 Watt, 48 inch

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Coralife Lunar Aqualight Compact Fluorescent Fixture 65 Watt coralife 48 inch lunar aqualight 48 lunar aqualight

also i was wondering if you guys go with over 400 watts of light, does your light bill tend to go up a lot?

So pretty much, i have a 55 gallon tank that will be a reef setup.. if these lights are not what you use and you have a light system that you just love please let me know. I want to research this because its expensive and very important.

Thanks for the help guys!
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Old 01-20-2009, 04:09 AM   #2
 
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out of those choses i personally would go with the t5s. if your handy you can also look into retrofiting a t5 setup into a hood
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Old 01-20-2009, 04:39 AM   #3
 
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onefish, the partial answer is very confusing, so if I could get a why from you that would be very helpful in gaining even more knowledge on this subject to better prepare me to make a good solid decision.

I also would like to know, as your suggestion out of the 3 lights doesnt have the lunar lights what are they for, and do you need them. I think I would very much like them.

I also wanted to know if you could have to many watts, and if these lighting systems hurt the wallet when it comes to monthly electric bill.

I also would like to know from other people what they have setup on there tanks, and if there is a certain company made light they like the most from hard lessons.


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Old 01-20-2009, 04:45 AM   #4
 
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well they say fish should never see total darkness but if you have a sump light on reverse cycle (meaning when the main lights are out the sump lights are on to help with ph swings) they should get just enough light were the tank isnt pitch black. moonlights also simulate actual conditions better giving corals a better chance to spawn sexually. you can always add in low watt LEDS esp in a retrofit because basically you build the lights yourself. i built my lights, it doesnt look pretty like the store bought versions but you'll save money for one and you can add addtional bulbs. looks wont matter when its mounted up inside a hood ( that is if you have one) but i personally have an icecap 4 bulb retro that i built and soon ill be going to 6 bulbs. it may not be for you but its just another option to look into.
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Old 01-20-2009, 11:45 AM   #5
 
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onefish its a good thing you patrol these forums, cause if it wasn't for your post i wouldn't ever get any. I guess people dont care to help people just getting in.
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Old 01-20-2009, 07:01 PM   #6
 
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onefish its a good thing you patrol these forums, cause if it wasn't for your post i wouldn't ever get any. I guess people dont care to help people just getting in.
Ah-hem. Some credit for Pasfur please...

On the subject of moon light, I personally like them. I have moon lights on my reef and enjoy watching the aquarium at night. It gives a "moonlight" type glow to the aquarium. A very gentle blue color light, very dim. But it is enough to watch the life move about and see the aquarium in a manor that you wouldn't see otherwise.

I am not a lighting expert by any means, so i've left these topics to others. However, I can tell you that all 3 of your options are name brand commonly used fixtures. I would personally feel comfortable ordering any of these units for my aquarium.
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Old 01-20-2009, 10:56 PM   #7
 
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well they say fish should never see total darkness but if you have a sump light on reverse cycle (meaning when the main lights are out the sump lights are on to help with ph swings) they should get just enough light were the tank isnt pitch black. moonlights also simulate actual conditions better giving corals a better chance to spawn sexually. you can always add in low watt LEDS esp in a retrofit because basically you build the lights yourself. i built my lights, it doesnt look pretty like the store bought versions but you'll save money for one and you can add addtional bulbs. looks wont matter when its mounted up inside a hood ( that is if you have one) but i personally have an icecap 4 bulb retro that i built and soon ill be going to 6 bulbs. it may not be for you but its just another option to look into.

Fish should not be in total dark? Is this in regards to saltwater fish or all fish? (My tank is fresh) I'd love to leave my moonlight on all night but I thought my fish needed the dark *down time*??
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Old 01-20-2009, 11:25 PM   #8
 
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Fish should not be in total dark? Is this in regards to saltwater fish or all fish? (My tank is fresh) I'd love to leave my moonlight on all night but I thought my fish needed the dark *down time*??
You don't have to have moonlights, but as Pasfur said, If givesa whole nother feel. In SW tank you'll get things growing naturally like mysis, amphipods and soforth and you don't want to shine a light into the tank as it'll cause them to scurry off most of the time. Now if they are use to the light then they may not, but with moonlights, they just ignore it and go on with life. I love it and built my own DIY moonlights from scratch.

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onefish its a good thing you patrol these forums, cause if it wasn't for your post i wouldn't ever get any. I guess people dont care to help people just getting in.
I've been at work up until now

I agree with Pasfur on the lighting. It comes down to your prefrences. I use a metal hailide system. 2 175watt 14,000k hamilton on my 55g reef and my corals are loveing it. I have SPS in my system and a few Softies too. i don't have any LPS for some reason. I don't currently have any 10,000k PAR in my tank and my bulbs are blue. Everything like it enough to grow so i'm not too conserned with this.

The only issue i have is the heat they give off. If you're wanting something higher in wattage, then be ready for heat more heat then these give off. T5's give low heat and are great. I know of many fellow reefers that use them and are very happy with them. You have many choices, and with T5's they give you even more options because of the different bulb combination you can create.
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Old 01-20-2009, 11:29 PM   #9
 
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im one of the fellow reefers that uses t5s and i personally wouldnt have it any other way.
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Old 01-21-2009, 12:13 AM   #10
 
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What do you guys think of this set up with Compact Fluorescent Setup like this one

Coralife Lunar Aqualight Compact Fluorescent Fixture 65 Watt coralife 48 inch lunar aqualight 48 lunar aqualight
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