Okay I got you, now instead of it being 13 white and 5 blue it would be 13 blue and 5 white. Okay this is the one thank you so much RM!
I’d like to encourage you to rethink the modification of the light RM suggested. I’m not so much concerned about the 1-watt bulbs per say. I’m concerned about the modified white to blue ratio of 1-watt bulbs…not sure that ratio is what’s best for your application. IMO, that fixture, with that ratio, would be more appropriate for a shallow deep-sea coral tank. I suspect that ratio would not meet the lighting needs of the commonly kept marine life I have in my display tank, regardless of bulb wattage.
To clarify my use of the EVO Light on quarantine tanks…
I’ve used quarantine tanks for new coral in general, newly treated diseased/infested coral, deteriorating coral from which I fragged healthy tissue that grew-out in quarantine, corals that shipped poorly…a brain coral that spent a 3-day weekend inside a post office just 2 blocks from my house because the box was wet that the mailman didn’t want to put it in his truck one Saturday morning, for healing a large healthy xenia colony that I divided into several frags, newly split BT anemone clones, coral purchased via group orders that I held for others, a gorgonian purchased for a seahorse project gone bad…that gorg was successfully kept in QT for months, light acclimation reasons, etc. I’ve kept photosynthetic marine life in quarantine tanks beyond the time it takes to note new growth and/or improvement in overall health. I successfully kept a Haddoni Carpet anemone in a QT tank for several weeks before I attempted to pair it with 2 skunk clownfish (and failed). The Haddoni clearly saw growth in QT, below the EVO light.
To be honest, in a shallow 10-gallon tank, HO fluorescent bulbs are capable of supporting many coral with intense lighting needs. I’ve had good results with HO fluorescents; I just prefer the look of LEDS. That said, I do the majority of my quarantine projects in shallow 10-gallon tanks beneath EVO Quad Clip LED fixtures that contains 20 LED 3-watt bulbs. 12 bulbs are 10,000K white and 8 bulbs are 460nm Actinic Blue. I’m not certain, but I don’t believe I would have had the same success had I used the same EVO light modified with 17 Blue 460 Actinics and 3 white 10,000K bulbs.
I realize you have a very limited budget and I’d like for you to get the most bang for your buck. Many years ago, I was also a fish obsessed teenager. My parents were supportive of my hobby, but my friends simply didn’t get it and teased me a lot…so I know a little bit about what it feels like, to be “in it alone”. I didn’t have the support of forums such as this…I wish I had. I also have a teenage son who’s currently a fish-keeping guru. I have 6 kids, and he’s the only aqua-nut and his siblings clearly don’t get his passion. He has several FW tanks and he’s been my partner-in-crime in this SW adventure. He and I have made most of the SW equipment choices together…some good, some bad. I’ve personally had to repurchase several pieces of costly reef-keeping equipment, because our original purchase didn’t meet our needs. My son has a Mom who’s willing to do that…but going by what you’ve shared in this forum, I suspect you may not. A $100 mistake for me is simply a few extra hours at work…for you, it’s more than that. So, I really encourage you to make your choices slowly, wisely, and never according to what a single person suggests. And I encourage you to learn the benefits of quarantining your future fish and corals.
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Fish keeping has brought a lot to my life…and what that is, is something only fellow aquarists truly understand. I get where you’re coming from… and even though I don’t know you, I sincerely want you to still have what that
is, decades from now.