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Old 10-04-2011, 09:41 PM   #1
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Corals and Lighting

So, after I raise my SG back up, I would like to add a couple corals. I dont have strong lights at all, and I wanted a new fixture. Would LEDs work for a main lighting system? Online it claims they rival T5 HO. What are good LEDs I could get for cheap that would work for corals and maybe nems, or T5 HO fixtures for cheap? Ive seen them at like 700$ for a 72" fixture and I just cant get over that amount. What lighting do I need for a 150g? Standard size. Whats a good fixture for not very mush $?
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Old 10-04-2011, 10:55 PM   #2
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Anyone???????? Please help.
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Old 10-04-2011, 11:20 PM   #3
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I was pointed to these recently

AquaIllumination SOL Super Blue Single Module System

Theres a chart at the bottom to tell you how many units you would need for your tank.
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Depending on your diy skills I am planing on making my own fixture using kits from rapidled.com. It seems to be the cheapest way in the long term, no bulbs to replace, less energy to run. The initial cost will be about the same as a retail 6 bulb fixture.
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I am planing on using 1" square tube. For a heat sink. If you did end up doing this project I would do the same since they come in 8' sections. There are great wright ups on reef central and I believe madhatter did a video on YouTube
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Any cheap MH systems? Can T5s be replaced be LEDs? It said I would need 6 fixtures each for 400$, and thats a little much. I would LIKE it to be ~500, but would probs go up to 700-800, but I want the corals to do well. What are your suggestions?????
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