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Old 01-26-2017, 08:01 PM   #1
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Par38 Lighting

'm looking at the ABI 12 watt par38's for my 10g nano reef. im mostly looking to grow zoas, sofites, and lps from the euphyllia family, but i do like the idea of maybe stopping into lfs and picking up some other random lps coral every once in a while. They have one thats half white and half blue, and another thats all blue. their non controllable and non dimmable, so i was thinking of getting one of the mixed and one of the blue, to be able to control blue from white. by changing which ones i plug in. would this work, or would their being only one of each make the coverage shady? should i just go with two mixed? and what would be the best placesment if i get a white and a blue to make them seem as if their both over the center when only ones turned on, and could i turn both the whtie and blue on during day, or would the blue over power it? also would a single 24 watt one be strong enough with decent coverage? sorry for the long question but i only wanna do this once i wanna make sure i do it right
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Old 01-27-2017, 01:35 AM   #2
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This is a really tough question to answer because the distance from the tank, focus of the LED lenses, and angle of the bulbs would cause huge differences in the PAR available to the coral.

If I were you and I was stuck on that lighting then I would probably do 2 blue/white bulbs and evaluate the PAR or coral health then go from there.

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That's what i figured. But i was reading on another thread that was about whether corals need more blue or white, and it turns out that mostly they need blue, and the whites are just for us/ provide the rest of the spectrum which the dont use much. Also, like i'd said, id like to be able to turn on just a blue bulb for atinics. Right now, I can only afford 2 bulbs, so i want to know if 1 blue and 1 mixed is okay. Soon ill buy a 3rd bulb so i have a blue in the middle and 1 mixed on each side, or should i start with the two white and add the blue later?
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Old 01-27-2017, 06:18 AM   #4
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I would do the blue and the mixed.
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Old 01-27-2017, 06:20 AM   #5
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Your talking about these two, correct -
https://www.amazon.com/ABI-PAR38-Aqu.../dp/B00CXTK8BW
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https://www.amazon.com/ABI-Aquarium-...751P9WE09YB2XZ
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Yep thats the ones. i was thinking one of the white and one of the blue.?
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