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Discussion in 'Lighting' started by Travis1, 16 May 2009.

  1. Travis1

    Travis1 (wilsontravy)

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    howsit guys, im in the process of setting up my 4foot tank. im really unsure of what lighting i must get for the tank. could you give me some advice? looking to do a reef set up.:)
     
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    Start with 4 x 54w T5's and then work up 2 x aquablue+ 1 actinic+ 1 actinic pure IMO

    But you need to give us more info on what livestock you intend keeping and the rest of your system setup.

    check this thread.
    Best T5's?? - Page 3 - Lighting
     
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    Wilson - Nemo's Janitor's got it on the block!

    Please let us know EXACTLY what types of corals you want to keep? If you are thinking ie. acropora SPS corals, then I would rather say nothing less than 6 x T5's...... even 8 would be better. You CAN of course go for a 1.2 metre complete unit - which contains 2 x 150 watt metal halides, and 2 x 54 Watt T5's....

    But - in the end, it would be your choice.

    How deep is the tank, Wilson?
     
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    Travis1 Thread Starter (wilsontravy)

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    well im going towards more sps corals for now. whats the difference between aqueblue, actinic and actinic pure imo? sorry still really new at this game
     
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    Travis1 Thread Starter (wilsontravy)

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    its a standard 4 foot tank. so i think its 450mm deep.
     
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    OK - thanks Wilson....

    If you want to go MAINLY SPS, I would still suggest at least 6 to 8 globes....

    To answer your question - the blue/actinic spectrum of white light, is a coloration that generates far more "fluorescense" (sp?) in the coloration of corals....
    Meaning that it brings the BRIGHT fluorescent coloration of SPS out MUCH MUCH more.....
     
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    What you ask is a very vast subject. You will find many threads on MASA and other forums on the subject. The globes i mentioned are Giesemann globes and the configuration is meant for a basic reef setup of soft corals and a few easy hard ones. To successfully keep SPS you will require a lot more.

    Explained in simplicity terms.
    Aquablue+ is a very bright white light.
    Actinic+ is a blue light.
    Actinic Pure is a purple light.

    Another thread that might explain more for you is.

    T5 Spectral Graphs Report - Lighting
     
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    Travis1 Thread Starter (wilsontravy)

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    ok. if i bought somethin like this. would that be enough? aquasunlight NG 2x 150 w + two T5 blues. is that sufficient?
     
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    Yes Wilson - that is an AMAZING light unit. I have one of those too, over my reeftank. And in my humble opinion - this would be enough..... should be enough!
     
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    Spot on jacquasb.
    Who was your teach for typing speed:)
     
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    LOL Nemo's - I just "picked up typing" by being a Unix specialist for the past 11 years ;)
    One HAVE to type fast if you want to achieve something in the command line world! ;)

    LOL!

    I type between 50 and 60 words per minute.... ;)
     
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    Travis1 Thread Starter (wilsontravy)

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    ok cool. thanks guys. i appreciate the help. cant wait to get up and running.
     
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    Ah haaaaa, i think i must be about 3 WPM
     
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    Awesome Wilson! REMEMBER: PLEASE! We WANT TO / NEED TO SEE PICS! ;)
     
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    Travis1 Thread Starter (wilsontravy)

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    will keep you guys posted. so far its just an empty tank, with cabinet and a roof. done some plumbing, dorso etc. getting there guys, slowly thou:frown:
     
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    Slowly is VERY VERY good, Wilson.... don't be in a hurry.... ;)
     
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    J, did the stock arrive cool ?
     
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    Travis1 Thread Starter (wilsontravy)

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    thanks jacquesb. there is still a lot of work that i have to do on the tank. will get there thou.
     
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    Just keep up the good work, Wilson!
     
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    Travis1 Thread Starter (wilsontravy)

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    what is your opinion on reeftek t5 globes? are they any good? which is the better brand to buy?
     
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