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Old 04-29-2012, 11:41 AM   #1
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Calculating Watts Per Gallon

I am wondering if this seems correct. I have a 18inch marineland reef capable led. 18- 1 watt daylight and 3- 1 watt blue for a total of 21 watts over a 26 gallon tank. Would it equal .80 watts per gallon of light? Thanks in advance.
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I don't quit understand the question but it was explained to me as like 54wts of LED is equal to a 250wts metal halide.. But only in the squar fixtures like Inovative marines as an example
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The marineland "reef capable" lights really aren't capable of keeping much of any corals. the light just isnt' enough. :-(

The watts per gallon rule doesnt really apply with all the new technology so I wouldnt go by that/.
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I don't quit understand the question but it was explained to me as like 54wts of LED is equal to a 250wts metal halide.. But only in the squar fixtures like Inovative marines as an example
All LEDs are not created equal. Just because a fixture has LEDs in it does not mean that it will support photosynthetic creatures.
There are many variables to think about. The depth of the tank, top to bottom is a more important factor than how many total gallons it is.
The wattage of the Lighting, the efficiency per watt, reflectors/optics, and finally what livestock you intend to keep, must all be considered when choosing lighting.
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All LEDs are not created equal. Just because a fixture has LEDs in it does not mean that it will support photosynthetic creatures.
There are many variables to think about. The depth of the tank, top to bottom is a more important factor than how many total gallons it is.
The wattage of the Lighting, the efficiency per watt, reflectors/optics, and finally what livestock you intend to keep, must all be considered when choosing lighting.
+1 on watts per gallon not being a good rule to follow

I was just using the 90wt IM fixture as an example of a good LED fixture that has a huge punch from what I've heard
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