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Old 06-21-2012, 11:09 AM   #21
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Not trying to poach your thread but this is some information I have been dying to get! But bigben what type of lighting do you have.

I saw you suggested 4 bulb for sps and anems but are you running this set up or something less?

I have been asking for light suggestions to do a reef setup exactly like yours a 29 gal with only softies and everyone has been suggesting 400+ dollar lighting.
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Old 06-21-2012, 11:11 AM   #22
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Bigben great information, joining on to see response to Techo's question
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Old 06-21-2012, 11:43 AM   #23
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A 4 bulb t5ho would be iffy for sps and nems. I tried it on my 36 gal and they all died. If the unit had individual reflectors it would he doable for less light demanding sps.

For t5ho units, it is either 6 or 8 bulb units that can support sps and they can be pricey without bulbs for coral growth. Because of this, i usually recommend the taotronics leds that can be found on ebay. It is a simple led unit that you hand above your tank. The best part about them is that they are around 200 in price, the price of 4 bulb and lower quality 6 bulb t5ho units. Ill post a link when i get to my computer.
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Here is the link.
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I was wrong, it isn't over 200. It 170. This is flat out THE BEST you will get for your dollar. You will be able to keep anything your heart desires under this light.

Also, Techno, I suggested these lights to you as well. You won't find a better deal either.
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Yeah I understand that , I just don't think I want to drop 170 on lighting for a secondary tank..

Would really like to know what Bigben has
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I would suggest you do some research if you think that is too much money. Trust me, I've done all of the research and crunched all of the numbers. 170 up front or roughly the same price + 20-25 dollars per bulb every 6 months.

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I have done plenty of research and I have seen people growing only soft corals with cheaper lighting structures. I understand the benefits of LED believe me, however all I am attempting to get out of this is how BigBen is having success without LED and then I can weigh my options. I am a college student and I do not have the funds to necessarily just throw 170 out there
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Not trying to poach your thread but this is some information I have been dying to get! But bigben what type of lighting do you have.

I saw you suggested 4 bulb for sps and anems but are you running this set up or something less?

I have been asking for light suggestions to do a reef setup exactly like yours a 29 gal with only softies and everyone has been suggesting 400+ dollar lighting.
I don't think you need that much light but you will be suggested that. My lighting is a double t5 ho fixture that they sell at petco for about 70 bucks it has reflectors. its the zoomed one.
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Thank you ben!
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Thank you ben!
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