Will this lighting be fine?

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  1. Johan van Aardt

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

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    The tank is 500(l) x 400(w) x 600(h) waterlevel is at 500.

    i want to keep softies and maybe one or two lps(frogspawn and hammer)

    would 4 x 24 wat t5s be fine to light this? I dont want to spend too much on lighting, but maybe if i get four now and only keep softies and get another 2 later on? But what do you guys think?
     
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    That will be fine for now Johan. Add another 2 later on when finances allow. :)
     
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    That would be fine yes Johan. Just take into consideration the 3 to 1 ratio of white light to blue light. (just a thumbsuck figure - one can get very technical about it)

    So what I mean by that is if you have three 14000K tubes then have one actinic. If you have 6700K tubes, do not put more than two in, as you will have to break the yellow of the light with the two actinics.

    My suggestion to you is, invest in Geisemann. Get three Aquablue + (it has a mixture of white and blue phosphor) which will give you nice color and growth, and then just to have the blue feel, get the Actinic + from Geisemann.

    Also remember that feeding your coral is more important than light - a fact often overlooked by aquarists... ;) It is one thing to have coral under a billion watt of light, and not feed them with micro plankton etc...

    Those four would be fine, and I even recon you would not need the other two later on. Just invest in the Geisemann or even ATI, and feed your coral a healthy diet. :biggrin:
     
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    Johan van Aardt Thread Starter I love marines [R.I.P.]

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    Im really starting to like this tanks setup i spent about 5 hours yesterday just finishing things and doing plumbing, will check into thos lights and then just fill this bad boy up
     
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    It should be fine. What lighting configuration are you looking at?
     
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    Johan van Aardt Thread Starter I love marines [R.I.P.]

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    Maybe 3 x 10000k and one actinic? Im not really sure on lighting tho. I looked at prices on lighting and at 2000 rand a unit with 4 bulbs its really expensive according to me. Anyone know were i can get one for closer to the price of diy let me know. Or if u guys hear of anyone selling theirs.
     
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    Anybody know if a 4 x 14 watt unit will work on this tank?
     
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    Not for LPS no. They do require a tad more light than that...

    DIY would cost you as follows:

    2x Ballast (running 2 T5's per ballast) @ R200 each
    8x connectors @ R45 each
    2x reflectors @ R40 each
    4x Geisemann Tubes @ R250 each

    Total cost for DIY would then be: R1840
    Even if you go for cheaper bulbs (say R150 each), then the cost is still R1440.

    Then you still need wiring, plugs, switces and build a canopy.

    If you take all this into consideration, you would find that buying a completed unit isn't all that expensive...;)

    Your other option:

    1x 150W MH @ 14000K

    Unit will cost you R500 with gear max, and the tube is R700

    You need nothing else than that then.
     
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    Johan van Aardt Thread Starter I love marines [R.I.P.]

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    I dont know were u got those prices but i just baught a t5 with a ballast, sylvania globe and endcaps for 220 rand that works out to about 880 rand for four globes. Got alot of weatherproof board available already(use this to do things on our yacht) so all in all probably a thousend rand tops?


    would mushrooms be fine under 4 x 14 watt globes till i have more funds to get 4 x 24 watt unit
     
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    Johan van Aardt Thread Starter I love marines [R.I.P.]

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    My problem is heat tho, look for my thread and look how close the top of my tank is to the shelf above it, hence my reason for wanting to use t5
     
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    Those prices are basic prices from Dorry Pets... You might get it cheaper, but that was when I last checked.

    Mushrooms should be fine under those 14W's
     
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