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Old 03-04-2011, 08:04 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I currently have a 30g long frag tank and I need to upgrade from PC lighting. Just isn't cutting it. Any of you out there fragging have suggestions? What are you running? Thanx!
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Why you only want PC? I think You can attach Regular Fluorescent Light
that come with most starter tanks and are very affordable to you. They typically range from 15 to 40 watts and are very cheap to run and replace.


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No..I need to get away from my PC..It's only running a 65w 50/50. Not enough for LPS and clams. Looking to see what others are running in terms of T5's and such. Plus it's on my kitchen counter top so I have limited space too.
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I currently have a 30g long frag tank and I need to upgrade from PC lighting. Just isn't cutting it. Any of you out there fragging have suggestions? What are you running? Thanx!
You can do a retro kit with 4 39watt 10K T5 bulbs. This will give you just about 5 watt per gal. I would suggest running a sump on it or tying it to an existing sump. As with any tank with so little water volume water levels and algae will be better controlled.
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VHO (Very High Output) fluorescent and PC (Power Compact) fluorescent lighting systems are great for corals that require low to moderate lighting, such as leather corals, mushrooms, polyps, and LPS corals. T5 systems are excellent for corals that require moderate to high lighting and the Metal Halide systems are great for corals that require intense lighting.
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You can do a retro kit with 4 39watt 10K T5 bulbs. This will give you just about 5 watt per gal. I would suggest running a sump on it or tying it to an existing sump. As with any tank with so little water volume water levels and algae will be better controlled.
Here is part of the problem...I don't quite get the grasp of retro kits...I know it's basically the wiring without the housing...but I don't have a canopy to put it in...Second, yes...serious algae problem even with the PC's but I don't know how I can run a sump side by side with the tank. It is on my counter with no where under it to put a sump. Unless I add another canister to it??
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Here is part of the problem...I don't quite get the grasp of retro kits...I know it's basically the wiring without the housing...but I don't have a canopy to put it in...Second, yes...serious algae problem even with the PC's but I don't know how I can run a sump side by side with the tank. It is on my counter with no where under it to put a sump. Unless I add another canister to it??
If this is a frag tank and room is a issue, what not just set up a area in your display tank with racks? Most hobbyist that add a frag tank add it to a already running system. What are you fraging? Problem is 30gals in a stand along system is you will always be fighting something.
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