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post #1 of 3 Old 04-07-2007, 12:03 PM Thread Starter
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Question on lighting.

I'm about to upgrade my lighting fromthe hood and bulbs that came with the tank. What is the rule on watts per gallon? I heard it's 10wpg, and I have a 55 gallon tank. Does that mean I need 550 watts per gallon? That's seems like a lot. Help!!!

55gal tank
SeaClone Protein Skimmer 100
All-glass 200watt heater
All-glass 24" Fluorescent 19 watt bulbs
Live Sand (50lbs?)
Live Rock
1 Coral Beauty (purple/orange)
1 Clark clown fish
1 dragon wrasse
1 Bangaii Cardinal

20gal tall tank
4 Goldfish


1 crowntail betta tank w/undergravel filter
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post #2 of 3 Old 04-07-2007, 12:19 PM
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we dont use watts per gallon here, 250 watts of MH should be enough for most corals in that size tank. Maybe have 2 150 watt MH lights, one on each side, then it will be fine.
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post #3 of 3 Old 04-07-2007, 04:05 PM
to make it easy..if you have good lighting, you want about atleast 4 wpg to keep corals. but wpg is not the best way to measure. power compacts are good for your easier corals like leathers, polyps zoas and such. but for better corals you will need better lights like mh's.
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