how many watts for mushrooms and polyps? 30 Gallon Tank 

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I am thinking of getting a Saltwater started and want to know the amount of watts (T5 or T8) I need to grow polyps and mushrooms?
 

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what size tank? mushrooms don't need a lot of light.
 
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30 gallon and say 45 watts of fluorescent light is that good or ???
 

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I really want to see this answer as I am in the same boat as you.
I am planning a Saltwater setup and I am gathering as much info as I can.
 

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Hey ranga97!

Josh actually did end up starting a Saltwater tank. You could do a search for some more threads that he started. Stang Man, ATP, and myself (and probably some others I'm forgetting) gave a lot of answers in those threads regarding lighting choices and coral recommendations. Maybe that would help a little.
 

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I am in the process of upgrading my light to t5 ( 4 lihgts 2 39 wt actini, 2 39 wt ho lights total watage 156) with an additional t5 ho 24w) all on a 46 gallon tank
right now I have about 1 watt per gallon and my mushrooms are doing fine as are my zoanthins, with the upgrade I will be at 4 watts per gallon which is more in line with various polyps. I think its recommended at around 3 to 4 watts per gallon which is why I'm upgrading
hope this helps and looking forward to others answers
 
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