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Is my fluorescent 36W lamp strong enough for LPS?

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Muffin87

My all-in-one tank kit came with a dennerle nano marinus ReefLight 36W (fluorescent tubes)At 4 inches from the water level, the lamp yields 30.900 Lux.

 

Is this lamp strong enough for LPS to thrive, or at least survive in a decent shape?

Would it be helpful to add a second lamp, same exact model? Or would the heat from the two fluorescent lamps impact the tank negatively?

Should I just replace it as soon as I get an LPS?

 

One user on this forum used the 24W version of this lamp in the exact same 16G tank I have. Below is a picture of his tank.

He had two Candy Cane Corals (Caulastrea furcata) and frogspawn coral (Euphyllia paradivisa) for two years before replacing the 24W Nano Marinus Reeflight.

 

I'm a total beginner so I find it very difficult to judge this sort of things, but the candy canes look so small they could be the same size they were when he first got them, like they never grew for two years. No?

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Clown79

What kind of fluorescents? T8, t5, compact fluorescent.

 

That makes the difference.

 

If it's t8. No.

Compact fluorescent used to be used but its not the greatest.

 

T5 yes.

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Muffin87

I can’t really tell if this is a t5 or t8

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Clown79

That looks like compact fluorescents.

It will say on the bulb

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