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post #1 of 14 Old 06-01-2008, 11:32 PM Thread Starter
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what lighting?

What lighting should i get for my 47g sw? It is about 20" in length and about 4ft deep. Tall tank. I dont have any coral, but want to get, and want to the coraline algee to start forming on my lrs. Would prefer one with the stands that connect to the sides of the tank and with a moon light.

Can someone, please post some links to some, thank you.
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post #2 of 14 Old 06-01-2008, 11:39 PM
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How much do you want to spend? This is the main concern here. I could find some lights for you, but I need to know a budget. (BTW, finding used is good for the most part, but I will find new for you).
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post #3 of 14 Old 06-05-2008, 04:11 PM Thread Starter
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How much do you want to spend? This is the main concern here. I could find some lights for you, but I need to know a budget. (BTW, finding used is good for the most part, but I will find new for you).
Would rather get a good one than worry about price, so anyone that you can suggest. I was looking at coralife ones. Right now my lighting is low, 15w, one bulb, and it seems like my live rock is not getting any algae growth, still a grayish white, color. I have read I should get a 50/50 fluorescent lighting and one with a moon light. I want to get corals later on, so what ever you think would be best thanks.
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post #4 of 14 Old 06-05-2008, 04:23 PM Thread Starter
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How much do you want to spend? This is the main concern here. I could find some lights for you, but I need to know a budget. (BTW, finding used is good for the most part, but I will find new for you).
Would this be a good one to get:

http://www.marinedepot.com/ps_Aquari...xe_linear.html
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post #5 of 14 Old 06-05-2008, 06:22 PM
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But there is no 20" option. This would leave you left with overflow on the sides, which isnt pretty to look at, and it decreases the actual amount you get.

Try looking into Current Dual Satellite Power Compact Fixture, or Orbit Power Compact Fixture. Both are very good products and will start you off right.
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post #6 of 14 Old 06-05-2008, 10:08 PM Thread Starter
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But there is no 20" option. This would leave you left with overflow on the sides, which isnt pretty to look at, and it decreases the actual amount you get.

Try looking into Current Dual Satellite Power Compact Fixture, or Orbit Power Compact Fixture. Both are very good products and will start you off right.
do you mean something like this one:

http://www.aquariumpros.com/p-CUR1020,LFpc.html

by the way, thank you for all your help.
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post #7 of 14 Old 06-05-2008, 11:53 PM
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Yes. Either that, or this:
http://www.drsfostersmith.com/produc...7&pcatid=13637
Those are best for a FOWLR in your tall tank (IMO).
And your welcome. :)
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post #8 of 14 Old 06-06-2008, 12:10 PM Thread Starter
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Yes. Either that, or this:
http://www.drsfostersmith.com/produc...7&pcatid=13637
Those are best for a FOWLR in your tall tank (IMO).
And your welcome. :)
But I do want to get corals, so can you give me some links to ones that will be good for coral to, might as well buy the proper lighting now if it is not going to hurt the fish. thanks
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post #9 of 14 Old 06-06-2008, 02:41 PM
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All right. Those would be lacking a bit for corals. That is only like 1.5WPG.

Here is a Nice Metal Halide Fixture (with legs and moonlights). This would be the 20" 150W: http://www.drsfostersmith.com/produc...5&pcatid=13975 . Finding a good one of those used would save a lo of money (I can find them used for $150).
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post #10 of 14 Old 06-06-2008, 08:01 PM
Cody, it's not about wpg, but lumens and K rating. Watts will just help you determine that amount of electricity used to light the lamps.
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