T5 sizes

Discussion in 'Lighting' started by Johan van Aardt, 3 Jun 2009.

  1. Johan van Aardt

    Johan van Aardt I love marines [R.I.P.]

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    Whats the length of the 5hortest t5? and would i get the right bulbs for it lighting for an anemone, the tank is 30cm deep.
     
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    How wide is you tank, Johan?
    The shortest marine tank T5's are 24 watt's, at +-60cm long....
     
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    Johan van Aardt Thread Starter I love marines [R.I.P.]

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    400 wide, 30 cm deep, and 30 cm long
     
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    Hi Johan,

    Rather go for a SE150watt MH if you are planning to keep a nennie. That is really a small tank for a one. Check out some of the threads from Brenda (anemones) our special guest on keeping these beautiful Creatures!
     
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    The idee is to add a sump wich will increase water to about a hundred liter
     
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    Not a problem Johan - BUT, you will still have to be EXTREMELY diligent in doing water changes. The BIGGEST problem, with nemmies in a marine tank, is that if they are not happy, they "walk around" inside the tank. 99% of the time, they end up being "sucked in" by a power-head. Which causes the nemmie to die!

    This is the BIGGEST problem with keeping nemmies in a small tank.

    Nemmies, become unhappy, if the water parameters is not 100% up to scratch, or the lighting is not right, or the water flow is not right....

    Therefor the "warnings" of keeping anemones.

    I think that in a 30cm deep tank, you should be able to keep a nemmie (I have seen nemmie's in nano tanks before) - IF you add 6 x 24 watt T5's (4 white, and 2 blue)...

    BUT - one of the BIGGEST requirements for keeping a nemmie happy in a marine tank, is that the tank must be very stable - with no cycling taking place anymore.

    One of the easiest nemmies to keep, even it is not always a clown hosting anemone, is a condylactis passiflora. Investigate this nemmie. Read up on it.

    Ask one of the sponsors to import this nemmie. It is an atlantic anemone. They are not very fussed about too much light, and adapt well.

    BUT - please don't add a nemmie, if your tank water is not stable enough yet.

    Good luck mate!
     
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    Well said Jacquesb:thumbup:! Please Johan...I have already been stupid and tried to keep a nennie in substandard conditions and had to take it back to the LFS. In a much worse condition than when I got it:(.
     
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    So lights i must use? A mh? With other t5's, only t5's? Only mh? So what must i use? dont worry bout water params, ill have a 200 liter rated skimmer on a 100 liter tank so my params will be stable and i do my water changes every week dont skip at all
     
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    Cool Johan! Sounds great then. The ABSOLUTE best bet would be metal halide. BUT, I would not go more than 70 watt metal halide over your size tank. Not 150 watt, because you will have MAJOR issues with water heating/temps....

    Good luck mate!
     
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