BTA Lighting

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  1. biggie4jets

    biggie4jets Member

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    Hello everyone,

    Just had a quick question regarding lighting with a BTA. I currently have a 40-gallon breeder with a T5 fixture where I want to see if I could put a BTA in.

    The 4 bulb T5 light fixture uses 39W bulbs.

    Was wondering if this would be enough light for the anemone? I have corals and a clam in my tank right now and have no problems with them or them growing, but I know nems are a pain in the a** at times.

    Thanks!
     
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  2. CC13

    CC13 Well-Known Member

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    The only way to know what PAR your reading at any one coral is to use a PAR meter and check. Its very difficult to say without that. I can note that with new Nems I run my LED's at 80% power for about 2 weeks and slowly ramp up but I also have three 400w halides and a very deep tank.

    PAR meters aren't cheap, but if you have a LFS in your area they usually have some you can use.
     
  3. Gonebad395

    Gonebad395 Anemone hound R2R Supporter

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    I say yes but the nem is probably going To move to a high spot in the tank. But you should be just fine.
     
  4. biggie4jets

    biggie4jets Member

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    Ya, I know with PAR I can, but wanted to know "generally" would it be enough light. I ask my LFS and see what they say or if they have a reader.
     
  5. biggie4jets

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    I was planning on putting him medium-high anyway in the tank, for that exact reason haha
     
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    Gonebad395 Anemone hound R2R Supporter

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    It going to go where it want
     
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  7. biggie4jets

    biggie4jets Member

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    Yes I know lol
     
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    CC13 Well-Known Member

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    Very honestly a Nem will let you know when its happy or not. When its too much light for what its used to, you will see it hiding as it gets acclimated until its comfortable.

    When it stops moving, you know its happy.
     
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    rkpetersen walked the sand with the crustaceans R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award Reef Squad Partner Member 2019

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    BTAs are tough. If there's enough light for stony corals and especially a clam, there will be enough for a BTA. And it'll move til it gets what it wants, regardless of where you think it should be. Carpet nems are much less forgiving and fussier, ime.
     
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    Most BTA's do not require allot of light compared to other anemones.
    We have been keeping BTA since we used NO Fluorescent lights.

    As long as it is a decent t-5 you should have no issues.
    Only comment is 4 bulb may be a little small for a 18" wide tank. 6 bulbs would be better depending on you rock layout. More bulbs means better coverage.
     
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    Alright, good to know. I just want a BTA, but nervous to pull the trigger.
     
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  13. Gonebad395

    Gonebad395 Anemone hound R2R Supporter

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    How old is your tank?
     
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    About 6 months.
     
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    Gonebad395 Anemone hound R2R Supporter

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    Tank is really young man usually you want a tank established a year or more. I know it’s seems like a tank at 6months is there but it’s just at the beginning of being truly stable
     
  16. biggie4jets

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    Ya, I hear ya. I wouldn't add it now anyway. I was just curious about lighting with a RBA. I appreciate the feedback though!
     
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