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Old 12-12-2011, 08:02 PM   #1
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Coral only Nano

Again I'm calling on the experience of some one here at AA. Ended up going elsewhere to settle the filter question. Now about the lighting. Metal Halide is the cheapest way to go initially for my 20 Gal. build. $100 for a 175 W. 14000K system. Or $400 for something nearly equivalent in the LED Dept. Leaning toward the LED's as I'm not a big fan of the heat generated by the halides.Would very much appreciate any serious thoughts on this topic. Thanks
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Old 12-12-2011, 08:15 PM   #2
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I say if you have the budget for the led's to go for it. The long term savings are enough to buy em. Just have to get ones that will do the job and that part i can't help with, sorry lol
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Thanks Carey. I tend to agree. As far as the type and amount needed is open to much debate. But some of the ones I'm looking at in particular range between 4 and 500. More than I'd like to pay but enough light to sustain SPS or so they say
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Here is a kit you can do pretty easily Aquarium 24 LEDs Dimmable DIY LED kit with optics I am thinking of basing my leds off that but using cree.
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Im getting 2 AI SOL's over my 55g and was debating getting a AI nano over my 12g. The reg size ones run $399 a module and I wanna say its 50-80 bucks cheaper for the nano. THe controller for them is $100 or you can hook them up to a apex with the module apex sells for them. But recently I was thinking about switching to Ecotechs Radion lights just so when I get my MP40 I dont have t get anything controller module wise to control it and just run the base firmware it comes with to control both circ and light.
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Thanks for the additional Info. I currently use Stunner strips in my African tank. Of course the lighting isn't nearly as demanding and there's no way those strips could light a coral tank adequately. But I will use ur additional input and do some more research. Knew AA wouldn't let me down
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Old 12-13-2011, 05:00 PM   #7
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Looks like Ecotechs Radion lights r currently at the top of my list unless I hear anything else fm my fellow reefers
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Old 12-14-2011, 06:16 PM   #8
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Done deal. Ecotech Radion LED's on their way. Thanks xxSTLxx for steering me toward this awesome product .And so my build begins on this hopefully to be, top of the line coral only nano
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Guess it's too late but 3-4 Eco exotic Led pro modules would be enough for SPS
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Guess it's too late but 3-4 Eco exotic Led pro modules would be enough for SPS
Thanks. I'm happy with my purchase. There's good alternatives to what I bought. But the output gives me more options to the size tank I can build. And it can tie into the vortex power head that I'm debating on. All done wireless.
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