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CLFs do not provide the quality of light that Corals need to thrive. I believe you would be disappointed in that light to say the least. T-5 or LEDs would be recommended. And you can get a really good LED cheap as all get out for that little tank.

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No, not those, you can only use those for Moon Lights. Your looking for units that use 3w LEDs. I can give you a couple links later when I get behind my computer tonight if you'd like.

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Please do. Thank you.

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I don't know much about LED's but what makes the 3.5W "bulbs" better for reefs? Basically, what criteria makes a light fixture suitable for corals?

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Reflectors and focusing Lenses

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Here we are.

Tank specs: 5.5 gallon
10 gallon filter
50 gph powerhead
5.2 pounds live rock
5 pounds live sand
1 pound crushed coral
SP: 1.0245

The tank is still cycling.

Still need to decide on lights. I think I'm getting the one light Reefing showed me and I'm going to buy a versa-top. My LFS has them in this size for ~6 bucks.

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Here, I just bought this, same one you sent me, but black, and it ships from the US, not China, so I'll get it quicker.

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Re: Starting a 5 gallon Marine Tank

Ok,

3 days ago water tested

.5ppm Ammonia
.25ppm Nitrite
0ppm Nitrate

Yesterday it tested
.25ppm Ammonia
.5ppm Nitrite
0ppm Nitrate

Today it tested
.25ppm Ammonia
0ppm Nitrite
0ppm Nitrate

Is that normal? Obviously it's just still cycling but it seems like it's going backwards.

I also tested RO water and my tap water to confirm the ammonia isn't a false positive.

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Yea, thats about right. No tank will be the same, and the readings kinda jump around. Nothing to worry about.

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I got the lights last week and I bought a versa-top last thursday night. I'm really impressed with the lights. They're bright and very white. The night lights are really nice too.

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Re: Starting a 5 gallon Marine Tank

Added 2 scarlet hermit crabs and a snail last night. They got right to exploring and eating stuff off the rocks. They're pretty neat.

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Re: Starting a 5 gallon Marine Tank

i want you to know i did exactly what you did size wise all the way down to the substrat selection , and although i was warned by these guys of the size we still tried and i killed 2 damsels and a clown fish , it was not due to any circulation nor water quality issue , but simply just way 2 little fir even the smallest fish i could find.
i do a few snails now with a bit of live rock a few hermit crabs , and about 6 nice easy low need pieces of coral , mainly Button polyps and mushrooms.
i understand the want to try it but the marine fish , even the smaller ones are so different in there needs from many FW species they really require much more tank it seems.
I hope you have good / Better luck than i did if you do go the fish rout.
Befor the clown fish went in id almost gotten a neon gobie or a clown gobie , they are both smaller creatures , but id just rather not kill another fish , iv tried and been defeated on this topic.
But i do love my little marine environment all the same , i have a Dragons eye polyp with close to 30 heads on it (my largest) it is all the time opening and closing and growing . its very nice and low maintenance , but not a busy tank like my FW aquariums in the least.
I gave some thought to removing the crabs and getting a small dwarf lobster like a
DEBELIUS' PURPLE REEF LOBSTER it is supposed to be reef safe if fed plenty and is the size of a FW cray fish.
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