Review of my lighting

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Hello again!

So, I have a light unit with specs as shown in pics.
I’m hoping it should be fine for soft corals and maybe some LPS, if positioned higher up. I’m thinking of making a deep sand bed anyway which will incidentally lift my rock work up (edit: I forgot about burying the rock work, don’t want any land slides in there oops)

I wonder if it would be beneficial to buy another unit the same and run both side by side (they are very slim units but cover the whole length of my tank) and maybe able to get some SPS high up or have more choice of LPS?



P.S. Sorry if I seem silly, I’m still so new to it all and learning slowly, sometimes I gotta have things 'dumbed down' before I can then understand them more

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Reply #1

A deep sand bed should not raise your rock, the rockwork should be placed on the base glass for safety.

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A deep sand bed should not raise your rock, the rockwork should be placed on the base glass for safety.
Oh yeah thanks


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I take it my anemone will just find a spot that suits it, so long as the flow is ok?


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It such an awkward size tank because it’s so tall


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Hi @Livvie

how big is the distance from the light to the rocks where you want to put the corals? 
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Hi @Livvie

how big is the distance from the light to the rocks where you want to put the corals?
I literally don’t know anything about coral placement, but here’s the rough measurements




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Reply #7

Okay so looking at the PAR that you posted ...



Let's guess that a single light will give you a PAR of ...

40 @ 50cm depth
90 @ 30cm depth
170 @ 20cm depth

A second light will roughly double that (where the light overlaps)

Every individual coral is different but as a rough guide of how much PAR different types of corals need/can handle (just based on my experience so take it with a pinch of salt!!!):

Softies
toadstools 100-300
Zoas 50 - 300
mushrooms 50-300
riccordea mushrooms 100-200

LPS
Acans 100-150
Blastomussa 80-150
euphyllia (hammers, torches, frogspawn) 150-200

SPS
Seriatopora (green birdsnest) 200+
Seriatopora (pink birds nest) 270+
Montipora (plating) 180+
Montipora digitata 200+
Easy acropora 200+
Difficult acropora (millipora, tenuis) 350+

I think two of those lights (are they the Fluval 3.0?) will grow softies, LPS and some SPS .

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I think two of those lights (are they the Fluval 3.0?) will grow softies, LPS and some SPS .
Yes it’s the Fluval.
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