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Old 11-29-2014, 12:20 PM   #11
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Why would you set it 18" away from the tank? I don't think you could keep an anemone long term under a 2 lamp fixture. Definitely not sps.
I don't think the OP is ready yet for a more light demanding corals. If he is, then yes I recommend the LED. His tank is not ready though. He needs a skimmer and a power head as vital components.
Edit: And probably another 6 months at least before his tank matures and ready for an anemone.
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Old 11-29-2014, 04:10 PM   #12
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I disagree on needing a skimmer for a 30 gallon tank. I suggest he buys once, instead of spending 30 bucks plus shipping on lamps, just to have to upgrade in a few anyway, as soon as he gets his feet wet.
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Old 11-29-2014, 06:29 PM   #13
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You would feel comefortable with a 2 lamp freshwater fixture over a coral tank?

Here's a LED fixture in your price range.
Aquamana AQ LED Dimmable 55 x 3W Blue White 120W Aquarium Light Panel | eBay
Mr. X, Thanks for the help. I found the Aquamana 160 W for not too much more than the 120, and it has Moonlight's too. Should I go with this one or is it way too much power? Thanks
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You can always turn them way down. Go with the cheaper one then
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Is this the one you're looking at?

Aquamana 165W COB LED Full Spectrum Blue Moonlights Aquarium Light Panel Hoods | eBay

I'm trying to pick an LED light as well - let me know how it works for you please
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I personally would go with the panel mr_x recommended. Only reason being I don't like the color layout on the 165w one, I personally would rather sacrifice a few white LEDs for the reds and greens, not blues like the COB unit does. Jmo though.


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Is there a difference between the full spectrum and the blue & white ones?
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Not really, a little boost in certain spectrums with the FS, but those are all covered in the whites in the B&Ws. It's really a personal choice on the appearance to your eyes IMO.


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Not really, a little boost in certain spectrums with the FS, but those are all covered in the whites in the B&Ws. It's really a personal choice on the appearance to your eyes IMO.


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I personally like full spectrum, I feel it gives a little extra pop to some corals (reds mostly). But in general I like a very blue look to my tanks, definitely towards the 20k color, that's why I wouldn't sacrifice blue LEDs for the reds and greens. Most units will have those colors on the white channel anyway so it's usually not a big deal.


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