Corals​ ​need​ ​light​ ​to​ ​grow​ ​and​ ​flourish​ ​in​ ​your​ ​reef​ ​aquarium.​ ​​Once​ ​you’ve​ ​narrowed​ ​down​ ​what type​ ​of​ ​light​ ​you’ll​ ​use​,​ ​arranging​ ​your​ ​corals​ ​based​ ​on​ ​the​ ​chosen​ ​lights​ ​will​ ​determine​ ​if​ ​they thrive​ ​or​ ​fail.​ ​Keep​ ​in​ ​mind,​ ​each​ ​lighting​ ​style:​ ​LED,​ ​compact​ ​fluorescent,​ ​metal​ ​halides​ ​and​ ​T5 fixtures​ ​has​ ​pros​ ​and​ ​cons,​ ​and​ ​corals​ ​respond​ ​differently​ ​to​ ​each.  
 
Initially,​ ​you​ ​should​ ​start​ ​with​ ​lower​ ​light​ ​in​ ​the​ ​center​ ​and​ ​move​ ​your​ ​corals​ ​slowly​ ​as​ ​you observe​ ​how​ ​they​ ​adjust​ ​to​ ​the​ ​different​ ​sections​ ​of​ ​the​ ​aquarium. 
 
Metal​ ​halides​​ ​grow​ ​SPS​ ​(small​ ​polyp)​ ​corals​ ​quickly,​ ​but​ ​take​ ​care​ ​not​ ​to​ ​have​ ​the​ ​high​ ​intensity versions​ ​as​ ​they​ ​can​ ​also​ ​burn​ ​your​ ​corals.​ ​SPS​ ​can​ ​be​ ​placed​ ​middle​ ​to​ ​top​ ​of​ ​the​ ​tank whereas​ ​LPS​ ​(large​ ​fleshy​ ​corals)​ ​should​ ​be​ ​with​ ​the​ ​soft​ ​corals​ ​at​ ​the​ ​bottom.  
 
While​ ​fading​ ​in​ ​popularity,​ ​​CFL​s​ ​do​ ​allow​ ​you​ ​to​ ​place​ ​your​ ​LPS​ ​and​ ​soft​ ​coral​ ​anywhere​ ​in​ ​the tank.​ ​The​ ​downside​ ​with​ ​compact​ ​fluorescents​ ​is​ ​that​ ​they​ ​do​ ​not​ ​grow​ ​SPS​ ​corals. 
 
Since​ ​the​ ​quality​ ​of​ ​​LED​ ​lighting​​ ​can​ ​vary,​ ​be​ ​sure​ ​to​ ​use​ ​high​ ​quality​ ​LED,​ ​which​ ​brings​ ​out​ ​the colors​ ​of​ ​your​ ​corals.​ ​Most​ ​LEDs​ ​can​ ​be​ ​adjusted​ ​in​ ​strength.​ ​With​ ​LEDs,​ ​SPS​ ​corals​ ​should​ ​be at​ ​the​ ​top,​ ​LPS​ ​in​ ​the​ ​middle​ ​and​ ​soft​ ​corals​ ​at​ ​the​ ​bottom. 
 
Need​ ​help​ ​determining​ ​which​ ​type​ ​of​ ​lighting​ ​will​ ​be​ ​best​ ​for​ ​your​ ​particular​ ​aquarium​ ​setup? We’re​ ​here​ ​to​ ​help!​ ​​Get​ ​in​ ​touch​​ ​with​ ​us! 

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