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Old 11-08-2012, 08:15 PM   #1
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Best lights for 30 gal reef

I want to be able to keep any and all corals. Right now I have a t5ho 4 bulb coralife setup 31watts x 4

Any suggestions tank right now has a carpet max mini, hammer, and green star polyps
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I have a couple of AI Sols on my 57 and they do very well. 1 unit would be enough for your reef.

If you are looking for bargain pricing, you could check out the taotronics led pods on eBay. I have seen some positive reviews about them, and the price is definitely right.
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Old 11-08-2012, 08:21 PM   #3
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I have a couple of AI Sols on my 57 and they do very well. 1 unit would be enough for your reef.

If you are looking for bargain pricing, you could check out the taotronics led pods on eBay. I have seen some positive reviews about them, and the price is definitely right.
Awesome thanks .... I have seen those dimmable ones it's just I can't really hang them in my situation but I guess I could figure that out .....


How many watts would one al sols be ?
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I believe they pull 75W at full intensity. But wattage is somewhat immaterial when talking LEDs on a reef. It is all about individual diode intensity and optics.
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I believe they pull 75W at full intensity. But wattage is somewhat immaterial when talking LEDs on a reef. It is all about individual diode intensity and optics.
So you think one of those should do the trick on my tank?
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1 AI Sol on your tank would be more than enough.

I run 2 on my 57, but they peak at 45% blue and 35% white. They are extremely powerful - especially with the installed optics.
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1 AI Sol on your tank would be more than enough.

I run 2 on my 57, but they peak at 45% blue and 35% white. They are extremely powerful - especially with the installed optics.


now let me ask you...the ai sols do they have blue and white lights in one? i was looking at the nano one and they has a sliding touch mechanism which allows you to change the colors of the leds? or would i have to make a decision between white or blue?
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They have the AI SOL White, which is a combo of 16 White LEDs and 8 Blue. The AI SOL Blue is 8 White LEDs, 8 blue LEDs, and 8 royal blue LEDs. The AI SOL Blue is around 20,000K at full intensity, and the white is around 14000K at full intensity.

I don't think you would get proper coverage with the nano model, unless you went with 2 nanos.
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They have the AI SOL White, which is a combo of 16 White LEDs and 8 Blue. The AI SOL Blue is 8 White LEDs, 8 blue LEDs, and 8 royal blue LEDs. The AI SOL Blue is around 20,000K at full intensity, and the white is around 14000K at full intensity.

I don't think you would get proper coverage with the nano model, unless you went with 2 nanos.
ok perfect i was looking at the ai sol blues which look amazing...i think i will go with them....thanks for the help .....

and you can control the colors im assuming on the fixtures ?
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Yes. Each color is individually controllable.
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