View Full Version : how many wpg?

02/02/2006, 03:08 PM
How many Watts Per Gallon do i need on average to keep any type of coral???? I'm going to be using a 55g 48Lx13Wx21H
Any suggestions for lighting is also welcome i was thinking a PC 260W.

02/02/2006, 05:20 PM
that would be plenty of light for most any soft or lps coral. possibly deresa clams and maybe even montiporas. anything else will need more intense lighting.

02/02/2006, 05:59 PM
What do you want to keep?

02/02/2006, 06:09 PM
not to sure i really like zoas and anemones.....i think thats how you spell them

mr pink floyd
02/03/2006, 02:14 PM
anemones can be kept under jus ta regular NO daily and 50/50NO
so that would be fine, WPG is juts a estimate, its not a measurment, its really quality over quantity

02/03/2006, 02:36 PM
I dont think I would recommend that anyone can keep anemone's under NO FL lights, while it may be possible with proper feeding it would be stressful on the anemone and sharply decrease the success rate, which isnt very good to begin with. On the other hand 260 watts PC would be adequate for most anemone's. I woulsd suggest you weigh your options a little longer before you buy that PC fixture. I would suggest you look into T-5 lights instead. They'll be alot cheaper in the long run, bulbs last 4 times as long, lower energy consumption, and the ability to keep more light demanding inverts.

02/03/2006, 04:17 PM
what if i were to go with a t-5 setup 4 bulbs....216w will this be enough to take care of my needs????

2 actinic
2 12000k

02/04/2006, 01:11 PM
Yes, the T5's would def be enough. Even though there are less watts per gallon, the ligth penetration you get out of the compared to the PC's is at 5x's better.