7 t5 lights... Enough???

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  1. dean

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    Im not to sure but im running 5 white and 2 blue over my reef tank. It adds up to 168 watts of light and in addition to this im also running to t8's that was on the tank when i bought it. Everything seem fine as all the coral have colour!!

    Now the question i really want answered is this enough to keep Anemones. Ive have two. When i got them they were bleached but the one turned green over a span of a week with purple tips but a week ago turned brown and the other just turned brown from the start... I dont know if is the lighting or something else as all my parameters are perfect acording to what ive read in maybe thousands of post.

    I would really appreciate it if someone could help and tell me if this is enough lighting for my nems???

    Thanks
     
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    Mekaeel Moderator MASA Contributor

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    Hi Dean! What are your tanks dimensions? From the way you are describing it, it seems that the lighting is sufficient.
     
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    It depends on how deep down in the tank are the anemones.
    Also the type of anemone. Sounds like a green bubble tip anemone. Yes they want less light than others. Most others and were tank is too deep, or depth the anemone is located needs good lights. More in the line of Metal Halides.

    Also, how old are the T5 tubes. They degrade, and must be replaced.
     
  5. dean

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    Hey.... thanks for the replies.
    The tank is about l is 100x45(Depth)x45 cm and the nems are more or less 15-20cm away from the lights.

    They not moving so it seems that their happy... Jip they are bubble tips but theyre not forming the bubbles.(LFS sold them as bta) and ive read that this does happen sometimes....
    :thumbup:
    I bought the lights about a month ago so they are brand new but the t8 are kinda old. Maybe a year or so.

    Thanks for the help....
     
  6. Suhayl

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    Its fine, enough for sps also
     
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    I agree with Suhayl. Nothing wrong with that lighting.
     
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    Thanks!!!! Thats good to know.... Any clue why they are not coloring up???
     
  9. Nsteyn

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    Mmmm thats good news for me 2.. I currently have 6x t5 80w and planning another 2, wanting to keep a nennie very later on with some sps.
    Nice :D
     
  10. Bob the (reef)builder

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    Just be careful with which Nennie you choose. Bubble tips will be fine but a Magnifica will probably not. Choose ones that don't need massive light.:)
     
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    Tnx Bob, will do.
     
  12. jacquesb

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    Bob - with 6 x 80 watt's - I would dare to keep a h. magnifica..... 6 x 80 watt = 480 watt....

    I kept my h. magnifica under a total of 450 watts - and I had my nemmie for more than 3 years....
     
  13. mandarinman

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    ps the cleaner or clearer your water is the less light you need, cos the light travels easier through clear water
     
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