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Discussion in 'Reef Lighting' started by Zgetman, Jun 15, 2013.

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  1. Kevin_E

    Kevin_E Giant Squid

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    Just have a little faith. Zing.;)
     
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  3. Zgetman

    Zgetman Ritteri Anemone

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  4. oldfishkeeper

    oldfishkeeper Giant Squid

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    I have found this forum to be second to none in terms of helpful and knowledgeable people! I found this one early on when I wanted to convert my FO to a reef and people were just genuinely helpful and nonjudgmental which I found to be so refreshing and have always gotten sound advice! I've also read a ton of the articles on the site and again, learned a ton!
     
  5. pgoodsell

    pgoodsell Horrid Stonefish

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    For a fish only and to start the N.O. lighting you have will be fine. But as far as getting corals and such they wont do. I wouldn't waste any money on different bulbs right now as they are not needed. For corals you'll have to upgrade to CF at minimum, but I would save up for at least T5's.
     
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  6. Zgetman

    Zgetman Ritteri Anemone

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    So in short, I will be fine with just regular lights if I am doing FOWLR. One more question, will the lighting effect coralline algae?
     
  7. oldfishkeeper

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    Lighting should not affect coralline algae growth. Do you like how I actually answered your question? :)
     
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  9. Zgetman

    Zgetman Ritteri Anemone

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    yes I do, Thank you Ofk
     
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    DSC reef Giant Squid

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    I would get the 50/50 bulbs for now. They cast a nice color for a fowler tank. Thats what I first started with before my T5 setup. The stock lights are so crappy looking and the 18" 50/50 bulbs by zoo med are really inexpensive. They will look a lot better.
     
  11. Zgetman

    Zgetman Ritteri Anemone

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    I think I will wait a couple months. I found some inexpensive LEDs the other day on a website. The only thing about them is, there are no reds or greens in the lighting, only white and blue.

    Here is a link to the lights.
    BeamsWork HI LUMEN LED Light Fixture Quad 1W 48" (TR)

    Please let me know what you guys think.
     
  12. Marshall O

    Marshall O Giant Squid

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    That should be fine for lower light corals. I have their "double bright" fixture over my 46BF and while it could not support higher light corals, my Kenya Tree and Xenia do just fine under it.