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Old 04-27-2011, 01:51 AM   #1
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Lighting!!!

I'm in the process of setting up a 40 gallon breeder and I need opinions on lights. I want to go with a marineland led reef capable light 36" but not sure if all my corals would grow well enough under this lighting. Should I just go with a safe bet and get an aquatic life t5 or just a t5 in general?? Need opinions!
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Old 04-27-2011, 11:09 AM   #2
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Definitely the T5HO, those marineland LEDs are garbage and are a waste of money, IMO

Maybe a fishneedit.com fixture?
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Old 04-27-2011, 11:45 AM   #3
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I just upgraded from a 30 hex to a 40b. I have 1 ecoray60d and plan to get a second this weekend. For anyplace where the light drops off i also have ecoxotic
stunner strips for fill in and low light corals. Its an initial expense but the leds last longer and they have dual cords so i can have the blue and white lights on seperate timers.
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Wow, I'd love to see that set-up, must've been pricey though.

I'm sure it looks amazing though, I almost upgraded my Biocube lights to 6 stunners
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Yea I keep getting mixed reviews on those LEDs. Seems like a t5 is the safer route but just love how sleek and low wattage doesn't produce much heat and how the dusk dawn effect look on those LEDs seems like it's about the par more than the wattage now. What about the reef capable along with stunners? Or the t5 with stunners?
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Unless you have several stunners over a 40G it won't make a difference. Getting a nice 4-bulb T5HO would be great for you
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Thanks I guess I had my heart set on that led need to start looking again lol any brand t5 suggestions
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Old 04-27-2011, 01:16 PM   #8
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T5-HO Light

Also Current USA, Aquaticlife (as you said earlier)
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Thanks you again! One more ? Is there a reason you don't like the reef capable LEDs seems like your not a big fan
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Sunlight supply Tek makes higher-end fixtures. They don't include bulbs though. If you wanna go really high-end look at ATI or Giessman fixtures

I don't like them because they're a more well-known and accessible company that is putting out a poor quality LED fixture that plenty of people will buy and have poor results. It just bugs me that their out their for the money and not the quality really.
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