Go Back   Aquarium Advice - Aquarium Forum Community > Saltwater and Reef > Saltwater Reef Aquaria
Click Here to Login

Join Aquarium Advice Today
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com
 
Old 09-18-2013, 06:13 PM   #1
Aquarium Advice Freak
 
Join Date: May 2013
Posts: 298
Led vs compact vs T5

Which light is the best for corals vote
__________________

__________________
Damarferg is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-18-2013, 06:19 PM   #2
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Ingy's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2012
Location: Comox, BC, Canada
Posts: 1,837
Vote?
LEDs are best for efficiency and total spectrum control. Best power consumption, least heat, cost is coming down to the same range as T5HO units.
There is a long thread on LED lighting in the getting started forum.
__________________

__________________
Ingy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-18-2013, 06:27 PM   #3
Giant Clam Addict
Community Admin
 
Sniperhank's Avatar



POTM Champion
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Summerville, Pennsylvania
Posts: 18,543
Compacts are real ancient lighting tech. It would take a ton of pc lights to keep coral. It used to be done this way, but there are much better ways now to do it.

T5ho is high output and can support corals. Depending on depth of a tank, you can keep different corals under these, but to keep the most light demanding coral will need around a 6 bulb unit.

There is also metal halide lighting. Similar to T5ho, but with a large ballast and a ton of energy. These put out a ton of heat and will raise the temp of your tank.

For the most part, MH lighting is currently being replaced by led tech IMO. Led units have VERY potent penetration of water. It can be easy to burn coral to death if not careful or underestimate their power. They do this at a fraction of the cost. This is both at energy consumption and maintenance. LEDs only need replaced every 10 years, where units that use bulbs need replaced 6 months to a year due to the color spectrum changing as bulbs age. It is easy to spend 100 on bulbs without trying. This alone makes led units highly desirable. Check out the taotronics LEDs. You can find them on eBay and amazon at pretty cheap prices. I personally would use the dimmable unit to aid in acclimating coral to the light and ensuring you have the right amount of lighting for your tank.
Sniperhank is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-18-2013, 06:33 PM   #4
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
mr_X's Avatar


 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Fairless Hills, Pa.
Posts: 17,895
Send a message via MSN to mr_X
T5 will also raise the temp of your tank. Maybe even power compacts. The only one that barely does, if at all, is LED. LED lighting is the most efficient type of lighting used in this hobby to date.
__________________
thanks,
Doug
mr_X is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-18-2013, 06:40 PM   #5
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Animal-Chin's Avatar

Tank of the Month Award
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Vancouver BC
Posts: 1,315
I'm currently using candles, lots and lots of candles. Give a nice warm glow to the tank...
__________________
Animal-Chin is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-18-2013, 08:47 PM   #6
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Grizz's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Saratoga NY
Posts: 1,806
Quote:
Originally Posted by Animal-Chin View Post
I'm currently using candles, lots and lots of candles. Give a nice warm glow to the tank...
But are they as cost effective as LEDs?
__________________
Most people create their own problems by not following the basics and refusing to stock appropriate to their system. Gregcoyote 2013

SPS = Stability Promotes Success
Grizz is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-18-2013, 09:05 PM   #7
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Animal-Chin's Avatar

Tank of the Month Award
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Vancouver BC
Posts: 1,315
Yes because i harvest my own wax frm my inner ear canal. Ill i have to buy is string for wicks.
__________________
Animal-Chin is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-18-2013, 10:10 PM   #8
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
jeffaquarius's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Los Angeles, California
Posts: 1,933
Quote:
Originally Posted by Animal-Chin View Post
I'm currently using candles, lots and lots of candles. Give a nice warm glow to the tank...
+1 All lights are considered to have candle power so yes you are using lots of candles. However, what I don't agree is using wax. The drip can be toxic to fish lol.
__________________
"Nothing great in the world has ever been accomplished without passion". George Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=90w86...A434PW3gEa1-QA
jeffaquarius is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-19-2013, 01:35 AM   #9
Aquarium Advice FINatic
 
MarinaClown's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Marina Del Rey, CA
Posts: 790
I just point a flashlight at whatever coral I want to grow at nighttime and it has worked well for me...joke. I was at the LFS today picking up mysis shrimp and had a long conversation about lights with the store owner. He said that he personally likes HO T5s for coral growth and that LED lights have work to do.
I personally use LEDs bc I like energy efficiency, little (if any) overheating issues and my corals are doing just fine.
__________________
60 Gallon SPS dominated reef tank.
MarinaClown is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-19-2013, 07:19 AM   #10
Aquarium Advice FINatic
 
Holygral's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Conneaut, Ohio
Posts: 786
Having used 2x 250 MH for 5 years and then switching to 2x160 Maxspect Razor LED's, I would never go back, tank is a 125 mixed with 7 large nems, no change from anything upon switching and my nems sat 4 inches under the MH, now the Razor's are 9 inches above them. Was concerned about the change of lighting on the nems, but no problems at all
__________________

__________________
Holygral is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off








» Photo Contest Winners








Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 11:23 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.