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B-Boy

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Hey Guys!

 

Even though i know most of us may not do this for our nano, i know that some of you out there have larger tanks as well and may find this idea interesting. Some people out there probably have thought of using sunlight as their tank light, but after a little bit of research found out that the light from a window is not nearly enough to support corals. So some people decided to try and use Solar Tubes. If you don't know what i am talking about, Solar Tubes are tubes that go through the roof of your house that capture sunlight and reflect it down the tube to bring natural light into you house, sort of like a sky, light just more concentrated.

 

Here are some links:

http://reefcentral.com/forums/showthread.p...hreadid=1457056

http://s71.photobucket.com/albums/i122/JMBoehling/

 

Btw both of these guys use supplemental Actinic light and if you have any more info or links to people talking on this subject feel free to post! :D

 

B-Boy

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I have the solatube brand of solar tube in my bedroom.

I've never thought of using one for an aquarium.

Wouldn't installing it cost a little more than just using aquarium lighting?

The corals aren't nearly as brightly colored in the picture with the solar tubes.

Also, I like to have my aquarium lights turn on later so I can see the tank when I come home.

 

But I'll definately be following this one.

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Hey Guys!

 

Even though i know most of us may not do this for our nano, i know that some of you out there have larger tanks as well and may find this idea interesting. Some people out there probably have thought of using sunlight as their tank light, but after a little bit of research found out that the light from a window is not nearly enough to support corals. So some people decided to try and use Solar Tubes. If you don't know what i am talking about, Solar Tubes are tubes that go through the roof of your house that capture sunlight and reflect it down the tube to bring natural light into you house, sort of like a sky, light just more concentrated.

 

Here are some links:

http://reefcentral.com/forums/showthread.p...hreadid=1457056

http://s71.photobucket.com/albums/i122/JMBoehling/

 

Btw both of these guys use supplemental Actinic light and if you have any more info or links to people talking on this subject feel free to post! :D

 

B-Boy

Looks pretty damn cool.

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Ya, I see all of those points Nate. The only reason you might have them is to save money ( mainly if you were useing metal halids) and maybe for the look of natural light. It is all in one's own opinion. For some people it might work out great, for other maybe not so... I thought it was a cool idea too and saw nobody had mentioned it.

 

B-Boy

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