How many watts of light over your aquarium?

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How many watts of light over your aquarium?

  1. 0-100

    12.5%
  2. 100-200

    11.1%
  3. 200-300

    23.6%
  4. 300-500

    18.1%
  5. 600-700

    5.6%
  6. 700-800

    13.9%
  7. 900-1000

    5.6%
  8. >1000

    9.7%
  9. Natural Sun light

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  1. reef_guru

    reef_guru Humpback Whale

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    the tank is sps dominated, 10w/gal works well. check out the pics on my profile to see why.
     
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  3. Bruce

    Bruce Giant Squid

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    216w T-5HO over my 55gal.
     
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  4. omard

    omard Gnarly Old Codfish

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    Yep, figured.

    Nice looking tank.

    I am just a softi lover, have some frogspawn in main tank that grows great also.

    System much simpler then yours. No chillers, reactors, dosers, monitors, RO/DI system, etc.

    Works great for me and very simple to maintain. ;)


    125 Gal.

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    (~4w/ gallon)



    12 Gallon NanoCube

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    (2w/gallon)

     
  5. Diver_1298

    Diver_1298 Eyelash Blennie

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    720W over a 95.
    WPG is not a good way to measure lighting. ;)
    Sticky Look ups

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  6. reef_guru

    reef_guru Humpback Whale

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  7. Tangster

    Tangster 3reef Sponsor

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    This looks like a My dog is bigger then your dog thing :) I have just enough for my 180tank.. 1,680 Its not some much wattage but usable light.
     
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  9. reef_guru

    reef_guru Humpback Whale

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    depending on how you view the poll tangster, it can be. but not in my case. would you put 1-70w mh on your 180? probably not, everything is relative. in order to achieve the desired levels of light depending on the livestock is relative to the watts, to a point. a 250w 10k has less umph than a 250w 6500k. check out the site i posted below.
     
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  10. IBMGeek

    IBMGeek Montipora Digitata

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    Got them T5s pushing 216 watts.
     
  11. Tangster

    Tangster 3reef Sponsor

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    Thats why we use 6500 Iwakies to grow the corals and 10 14'Ks to color them up and why we built two greenhouses over the last few months to use the sun. Plus the old 65 K iwakies are like war horses they burn true for several yrs and that helps keep out cost down..A for light My older sister was a lead botanist for Phillip Morris and she has forgotten more on the reactions of Photosynthesis and its effect on living cells then most aquarium lighting experts ..As they think they do and have yet to learn. But to get into the effects of Fluorescence and the photochemical reactions and their dissipation on the receptor cells of any plant or animals pathways is a little more then we want to get into here on this string.. As you said a 65K is better then a 10 K
     
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  12. cuttingras

    cuttingras Starving Artist :)

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    fixin to be 216watt T6HO 4x54 as soon as they get here!!!
     
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