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Old 01-28-2015, 06:13 PM   #1
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Cheap light for 3g cube

Hey guys, I'm setting a saltwater tank up for my highschool biology teacher. I'm on a budget and just need a light that will grow soft corals and some LPS (frogspawn, hammer, duncan, acans). The tank is a 10x10x10 cube.

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Old 01-28-2015, 08:07 PM   #2
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Hey guys, I'm setting a saltwater tank up for my highschool biology teacher. I'm on a budget and just need a light that will grow soft corals and some LPS (frogspawn, hammer, duncan, acans). The tank is a 10x10x10 cube.

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par38 or a chinese ebay light
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Hey guys, I'm setting a saltwater tank up for my highschool biology teacher. I'm on a budget and just need a light that will grow soft corals and some LPS (frogspawn, hammer, duncan, acans). The tank is a 10x10x10 cube.

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This is a decent led ebay light.

225 Blue White LED Aquarium Plant Grow Light Panel US | eBay
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par38 or a chinese ebay light
Par38 and par30 are definitely out of my price range. I've been eyeing these-
Micro Sun LED Clamp Light 6" 8 Watt Super Blue Daylight Wavepoint | eBay

However, they're still a little high price wise for my liking.
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Par38 and par30 are definitely out of my price range. I've been eyeing these-
Micro Sun LED Clamp Light 6" 8 Watt Super Blue Daylight Wavepoint | eBay

However, they're still a little high price wise for my liking.
That should work.
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Wow, that's one of the worst photoshop jobs I've ever seen.

I have doubts that light would be sufficient for a reef tank.
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Cheap light for 3g cube

This is only a 8 watt light. (8-1 watt leds)

That's 2.6 watts per gallon, I like closer to 3-4 watts per gallon.

I would recommend something a little stronger than this. 12 watts is more in order IMO.


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Wow, that's one of the worst photoshop jobs I've ever seen.

I have doubts that light would be sufficient for a reef tank.
I have actually been recommended these lights before. They're suppose to be pretty good nano lights

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This is only a 8 watt light. (8-1 watt leds)

That's 2.6 watts per gallon, I like closer to 3-4 watts per gallon.

I would recommend something a little stronger than this. 12 watts is more in order IMO.


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What would you recommend then? This will be mostly zoas and mushrooms. Hardest coral will most likely be a frogspawn or or acan. Acans imo have never been very light needy. Just remember I'm a highschool student and my budget is tight. Especially since I bought the tank and filter and will be supplying all the live stock.
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I think it's fine for the corals you mentioned, just be careful as you know some LPS and almost all SPS corals require intense lighting.


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I would go with a Finnex fixture over the micro sun one that was linked tbh.

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