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I'll had a fish only tank for a year now and i been really successful maintaining it ,but i am ready to up upgrade to reef tank. i do have 4 turbo snails and emerald crab in the tank as well. I have a 55 gallon tank
top fin 60 carbon filter, rena filastar 3x filter cansiter, sea clone protein skimmer, andneed advice about the lighting, to swicth from my fish only lights.my fishes include 3 small carkii ,regal and sailfin tang and a white face surgeon . i am probably going to have to part with my carkii and maybe one tang to keep a reef tank? so which coral would be good for beginner? I read mushrooms are pretty easY? and iam missing more equipment? Also alittle acclimating advice would help. THX
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for even soft corals I would say minniumum three watts per gallon of Pcs so thats a minimum of about 165 wats. Maybe a 250 Watt HQI metal Halide Pendant?
 

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</TD><TD>A-1624 "380mm (15"") - 14 watt" on 55gallon tank or



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I'll had a fish only tank for a year now and i been really successful maintaining it ,but i am ready to up upgrade to reef tank. i do have 4 turbo snails and emerald crab in the tank as well. I have a 55 gallon tank
top fin 60 carbon filter, rena filastar 3x filter cansiter, sea clone protein skimmer, andneed advice about the lighting, to swicth from my fish only lights.my fishes include 3 small carkii ,regal and sailfin tang and a white face surgeon . i am probably going to have to part with my carkii and maybe one tang to keep a reef tank? so which coral would be good for beginner? I read mushrooms are pretty easY? and iam missing more equipment? Also alittle acclimating advice would help. THX
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Look into a VHO retro kit or at minimum some PC's for soft corals
Very few corals will do well long term under Normal out put fluorescents
 

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doing a retro fit for the metal halide will be a lot cheaper. Buy yourself a 250w ballast and a 250w bulb and the socket and your all set. The ballast will cost you 50 dollars, the bulb is 50dollars and the socket at most is 20 dollars.
 

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where a ballast for a 250w MH will cost $50.00, the cheaper i can see is 100+, the bulb will be $70.00 minimun, plus the reflector.
 

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A good guidline is three to five watts per gallon. execpt when dealing with t-5 lighting.
 

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Yep go mh you will be happier in the long run. Agree even low light softies will not do well under normal florescents.
 
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