new lights... new corals??

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    siejack8484

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    i jus got a T5 setup its only 216w for my 75g but it was only $130 n at the stores around me there goin for $350 so it was a steal. but i no this isnt alot of lighting for a 75g but itll do for now wat type of corals will do good in this??
     
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    most soft corals should do fine... mushrooms, zoas...
     
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    Yep, that will be fine for soft corals and probably some LPS too. You may have difficulty keeping corals at the bottom of your tank.
     
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    what are LPS??
     
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    Large Polyp Stony corals. It's a type of coral. It includes hammers, frogspawn, torches, candy canes, bubble corals, duncans, acans, etc.
     
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    Dont forget he could also have non photosynthetic corals, such as sun corals ect...
     
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    sweet thats most of the stuff i like. this will be good enough till i get a better light system n ill jus use this on a 55g setup. but i have 2 daylight bulbs n 2 actinic bulbs n leds. wat should i use for nite time?? the leds n actinic or jus leds i have sum corals n dont want them to die so i been using the actinic n leds cuz i didnt kno
     
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    Nope you should only be using LEDs for night time. The corals will be fine, there's no lights on for them out in the ocean at night.
     
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    You want your tank to mimic the light that the sun provides -- with darkness at night. The LEDs mimic moonlight.
     
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    I leave mine on 24/7.....never had an issue. Something im missing?:shock:
     
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    Yea, Jack said he was leaving his actinics and LEDs on 24/7 not just the LEDs.
     
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    Oh I missed that. Muh bad
     
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    i was thinkin something when i read this,you guys are saying 4 t5s are not enough on a 75 that the penatration isnt deep enough,so that being said what makes the diferance of the 6 bulb system the lights penatrate at the same depth no matter how many bulbs are used?,am i missing something here?
     
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    Most 6 bulb systems have individual reflectors for each bulb, which greatly increase light output to the tank.
     
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    Where did you find this deal?!
     
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    +1 Sarah...his fixture has one big reflector bent for each bulb.....where as on the better fixtures they are individual reflectors for each bulb, usually a HIGH quality aluminum too. His fixture...not so much.
     
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    so in a true sence its not just the amount of bulbs a fixture has but the addition of indavidual reflecters that make the most diferance,so just adding bulbs will not change what corals can be kept
     
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    idk im new to salt water but i had 2 individual reg light fixtures, t8s i think, i had left over from other tanks n had zoas that grew like crazy and other stuff i cant even remember the names of and everything was doin fine till my dumbass was in such a rush when i set my sump up it was draining my display tank n hurried up n used tap water out my sink n sum stuff died off n my zoas almost completly died off but started to come bak a lil so i figured i get sum better lights to try n bring them bak fully
     
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    Softies will grow under almost any lights. Any light demanding corals u will not be able to keep such as sps.

    To Jen in a nut shell yes. The amount of light reflected back into the tank is alot greater with individual reflectors and makes a BIG diff
     
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