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Maika'i 01/11/2008 03:30 PM

Strange lighting and anemone question
So I dont have enough lighting for an anemone, Ive got about 3 watts per gallon of PC and a pair of antsy GSM clowns waiting for their anemone. MY tank is right next to a window and in San Diego we get a lot of sun, even right now. If I have the blinds open it lets a lot more light to the tank, would this make it possible to put in a BTA? Strange question but Im curious.

Tennyson 01/11/2008 04:31 PM

I think it might be okay, but if its really bright light, it might heat up the tank and kill everything.

NYIntensity 01/11/2008 04:37 PM

I don't recommend putting the tank in direct sunlight, unless you've got a good refuge setup and handle on phosphates (for algae worries). I think you'll be fine with a BTA with that lighting, you'll still have to feed it (as you always will with anemones), but I don't foresee any worries.

Maika'i 01/11/2008 07:31 PM

so you think i can have a BTA without the sunlight anyway?

kar93 01/11/2008 08:41 PM

Yeah, pc's should be fine, sunlight will just cause problems.

NYIntensity 01/11/2008 08:44 PM

Yep, the BTA will be fine without sunlight.

Maika'i 01/11/2008 09:16 PM

Ok thats good, Im just double checking because the LFS said I need 2 bulbs of PCs as opposed to my only dual daylight/actinic bulb. But its still a shallow tank and 3 watts per gallon

Toddrtrex 01/11/2008 09:54 PM

What size tank is it, and what are the actual wattage of the bulbs you are using. Are they all "daylight" bulbs?

I personally don't like using watts/gallon --- it doesn't take into account the depth of the tank.

Maika'i 01/12/2008 01:57 AM

12 gallon tank with 32 watts 50/50

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