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Scuba Steve2
01/25/2007, 01:47 PM
I recently puchased a Juwel 120 which comes with a two bulb T8 lighting I bar.
I was hoping to keep some soft corals later on when the tank has been running for a few months. Will this be possible?

01/25/2007, 02:08 PM
ummm.... not 100% familiar with T8's but two bulbs for a 120 doesn't sound like very much to me. How many watts is each bulb?

01/25/2007, 02:16 PM
It really depends on what you want to keep. Are there any specific softies that you have in mind?

01/25/2007, 02:28 PM
120 Gallons, right? (just askin' the dumb question...)

01/25/2007, 02:57 PM

01/25/2007, 02:58 PM
if you do have a 120gal then you will want halides or T5's so you dont have to upgrade.

01/25/2007, 04:40 PM
I think T8 bulbs are what we call normal output. You would be able to keep mushrooms and maybe a cabbage leather. That's about it under that light. I would definately consider an upgrade if you want to keep corals. T5's are the hot thing right now. Metal halides are maybe the brightest and most intense.

Depends on how wide open the wallett is.

Scuba Steve2
01/26/2007, 01:02 AM
Sorry, to clear things up it is only 120 litres (61 x 41 x 58 cm)
I was hoping to use the existing light fittings to keep the original appearance of the tank but the bulbs are only 18" long and I don't think you can get T5 that small? I could get another light fitting and add two more T8's, would this help?

01/26/2007, 08:50 AM
halides used to be the brightest out there but not any more.