Minimum lighting requirments for anemones

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  1. Kavir

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    Hi guys
    Im plannin on keepin some anemones in the future but i dont want to put any mh or hangin pendants coz the roof will be a problem coz the land lord will moan (tanks in a restaurant) i have a FOWLR, tank is 1m deep wit LR Abt 75cm hi and abt 25cm from the surface of the water. What lightin will be suitable, MH is not an option.& wot anemone can survive wit poor lighting,(No MH) as i said this is a future plan as my tank is only 8months old So im gona wait a lil more longer prob wen my tanks a yr old
     
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    You keep your tank in a restaurant ??

    That sort of depth tank will have to have MH to keep a nemmie happy. Unless you can put insane amounts of T5's
     
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    How many is insane? Lol

    Hi wattage T5s? Wont that help a lil...

    Ok now the nenie im lookin 4 is 1 that can survive in poor lighting, i heard a few carpets can survive wit T5s(a few t5s)

    Reason it's in my restaurant is Pta ppl r stressed out, what a better way 4 ppl to come have a few drinks then get lost in the tank Lol ;-). How's a few other lightin solutions plz... But leavin MH as a last solution...:-(
     
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    i have 6 39W T5s and have a magnifica anemone in my tank.
    however take note, this isn't common and most ppl do not have success with it.
    i keep mine happy by placing him 2cm below the water surface. i have had him as low as 15cm but he tends to walk around then. 10cm and above seem to be ok.
    please keep in mine i have not heard of anyone else with this setup that has had success..
     
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    Just make sure your tank is out of reach on children. I had mine in my restaurant and those ill behaved children kept banging on the tank glass and don't even think about corecting those gems or you'll have their parents on your case.
     
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    With that depth I'm sure you'll have to go MH.
     
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    Your problem is going be the depth of your tank. T5's would work in a 500mm deep tank, but your tank is too deep even for the carpet. MH is the only light that will penetrate that deep.

    Only other solution is make your tank shallower
     
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    I have to agree with warr. mh is your only option
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    Ok it's done, will get 2 MH

    But what wattage and kelvin...

    I'd love to make it shallow then i'l have 2 tanks, but this 1 . . . . . Well i kinda took a liking to it So mH here i come... Once i save up some extra $$...abt How much do the sell 4
     
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    It just depends on the type of anemone... and how much you feed it. Generally, with the lower-maintenance anemones, you can often get away with less light (i.e. T5s, VHOs, etc.) if you feed it well enough...
     
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    Btw... you can't actually "tell" an anemone where to go in a tank. It will move around until it finds a spot that *IT* wants... not necessarily where you want it to go.
     
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    HM units mite help
     
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    Oh, don't get me wrong... for anemones, you can't go wrong with MHs... they're just not always absolutely necessary.
     
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    For what it's worth --- I've got a Onion Bubble Tip Anemone... my tank is about 55cm deep [talking under correction], and I've got 4x energy savers [massive ones] and 2x blue T8's and my anemone is as happy as can be --- sits at the bottom of the tank tho... :) Good luck!
     
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    tinusb, well done for being able to do this, but don't get me wrong but I think this sends the wrong message, as noobies will think a nano with compacts will be OK for an anemone.

    We really need drive home the point of mature tanks, good lighting and good water parameters
     
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    Lol the walkin around part i know is 2 prob that's y i hope if i could get abt 15 cm of good light on my lr
     
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