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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 10-02-2006, 07:37 PM Thread Starter
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I am setting up a 45 gal high low tech aquarium for my friend.
she has a low budget and I need to order her a light. I found a satellite 96 watt but it has 10000k+ 460/420 nan actinic.
1. is this enough wattage for a low tech?
2. would this bulb do for a while or should I order the 6700 k right away?
3 or should I just buy the coralife 96 w freshwater?
4 any other suggestions


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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 10-02-2006, 08:37 PM
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As far as I have learned from the people here, actinic won't be much good for plants.

Something so expensive and addictive HAS to be illegal. I'm just waiting for the police to break down my door and confinscate my fish food.
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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 10-02-2006, 08:45 PM
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actinic is for saltwater. the 6700K one will work just fine. 96 watts is a good starting point as it will give a little over 2 watts per gallon. just remember to start out with as many stem plants as possible. Also, will she be doing Excel or DIY? I think you'll have trouble if you don't do any type of CO2 at all.
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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 10-03-2006, 01:00 AM
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I would get the Coralife freshwater. I have 2 24" 1x65 watts over my 55. They really make the fish pop, and the plants love them. Plus they come with the 6700K bulbs already, saves having to buy a $25 bulb after you've bought the fixture.

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