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tahiti422
07/09/2009, 11:59 PM
I ordered a nova extreme 48" t go over my 55g. What type of corals could I do with this? Could I do Acros? I want softies, zoos and a anemone.

VacavilleFC3S
07/10/2009, 12:04 AM
pretty much everything except some high demanding acros and clams,

tahiti422
07/10/2009, 12:06 AM
awww. really no clams? thought i was over doig it with this fixture over my 55

qn5reef
07/10/2009, 12:27 AM
I had 4 24 Watt T5 fixture over my 33 gallons and I kept maxima on the sand bed for 2 years before upgrading to 6 bulbs.

PRDubois
07/10/2009, 12:30 AM
You can have anything you want. I have a clam is a 72gal with just 2 T5HO's

tahiti422
07/10/2009, 12:33 AM
<a href=showthread.php?s=&postid=15334554#post15334554 target=_blank>Originally posted</a> by PRDubois
You can have anything you want. I have a clam is a 72gal with just 2 T5HO's sounds good to me

tahiti422
07/10/2009, 12:34 AM
what else in there with the clam any pictures?

JRechcygl
07/10/2009, 06:51 AM
Do you have the Extreme with just the one parabolic reflector or do you have the PRO with individually contoured reflectors, that makes a HUGE difference?
Also what is the tank size, 55?

tahiti422
07/10/2009, 07:00 AM
yeah i ordeered the extreme. says its better than the older model. im really excited about it, im up grading from 260 watt pc's. will post pictures of before and after.

tahiti422
07/10/2009, 07:05 AM
it says the one reflector is better cause it reflects more light into the aquarium. its more than enough for me.

JRechcygl
07/10/2009, 07:09 AM
No, INDIVIDUAL reflectors around EACH lamp is better, the plain ole extreme wastes light and energy as the lamps light will light the side of the lamp next to it....
If the reflector is completely around the lamp SLR, then just about all light is shot back into the aquarium.... Not wasted

nanojg
07/10/2009, 07:15 AM
I think the new nove extremes have the same or similar reflectors as the NEP, individual contoured reflectors

tahiti422
07/10/2009, 07:16 AM
this newer model boasts that it deirects 99% of the light into the water cause its formed around the bulb.http://www.drsfostersmith.com/Product/prod_display.cfm?pcatid=16770

nanojg
07/10/2009, 07:18 AM
I think you should be good to go with anything in the top half of the tank. What is the height of the tank?

stingythingy45
07/10/2009, 07:20 AM
<a href=showthread.php?s=&postid=15334554#post15334554 target=_blank>Originally posted</a> by PRDubois
You can have anything you want. I have a clam is a 72gal with just 2 T5HO's

Eventually it will die unfortunately.
It's just going to take a while.

JRechcygl
07/10/2009, 07:28 AM
Back to the question of what you can keep...
Monti capricornis is easy to keep and can handle it, as can monti digitatas.... Most seriatoporas will handle it as well. Montipora spondoges will do fine and if you have good flow and keep it higher up with decent lamps, an acropora yongei or Bali slimer will be fine.... Then experiment as you go

tahiti422
07/10/2009, 07:32 AM
PRDubois, How long have you had the clam? is it growing?

thingy, i should have enough to maintain a clam with this set up right?

tahiti422
07/10/2009, 07:32 AM
PRDubois, How long have you had the clam? is it growing?

thingy, i should have enough to maintain a clam with this set up right?

tahiti422
07/10/2009, 07:35 AM
JRechcygl nice thanks for the input :) ill research those corals.

tahiti422
07/10/2009, 07:35 AM
JRechcygl nice thanks for the input :) ill research those corals.

stingythingy45
07/10/2009, 07:44 AM
<a href=showthread.php?s=&postid=15335335#post15335335 target=_blank>Originally posted</a> by tahiti422
PRDubois, How long have you had the clam? is it growing?

thingy, i should have enough to maintain a clam with this set up right?

It really depends on the clam.
Maxima or derasa would be fine IMO.
But,a crocea might need to be higher in the tank.

JRechcygl
07/10/2009, 07:45 AM
<a href=showthread.php?s=&postid=15335349#post15335349 target=_blank>Originally posted</a> by tahiti422
JRechcygl nice thanks for the input :) ill research those corals. You bet!
Those are all SPS, if you are interested in LPS you can keep essentially anything you want, but keep in mind things like dendrophyllias and tubastreas are non photosynthetic and you will need to feed them frequently!

cdness
07/10/2009, 09:05 AM
I use the Tek T5 4x54 fixture and am able to keep most SPS corals fine. Some do not have the vivd colors but others grow like crazy and look awesome. I have a clam on the sandbed and it is doing fine too. The Tek fixture does have the individual reflectors though so it's better than a single reflector.

But just a note... I am upgrading soon to a 6 bulb IceCap overdriven setup for more light...

tahiti422
07/10/2009, 09:21 AM
any pictures cd?