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Old 10-14-2013, 12:01 PM   #1
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The day is getting closer where I am getting a 90 gallon saltwater tank upgrade. But I want to collect everyone's opinions on lighting. I will be getting a nem, so I need high lighting. What lighting do you guys like and works very well? I want something that not only will support my lps, sps, and anemone, but also bring out the coloring of the fish. I heard T5/LED hybrids work well. And of course MH, but I'll need a chiller. What do you all have?
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Old 10-14-2013, 12:38 PM   #2
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you don't necessarily need a chiller for MH. I ran 3 250 watt bulbs over my tank for 8 hours a day. Hang them about 10" off the water on a canopy and put a walmart clip-on fan in the canopy to draw out the warm air. My tank has never gotten over 78* and even with the lights on my heater still cycled on and off. I recently switched over to full leds so i can't give any long term advice on them.
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I have a 90 also and just purchase about two weeks ago the taotronic dimmable units there about $150 ea. very bright.
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I'm using the "taotronics" or similar LED fixtures and have been for a couple years now. They work well for the money. Very little heat, much less electric, and you can keep anything you want under them.
One of these-
120W LED Aquarium Light Dimmable White Blue Reef Coral Fish Tank Marine Lamp New | eBay

Or if you like all the fancy colors, one of these-
2013 Full Spectrum Dimmable 120W LED Aquarium Light Coral Reef Marine Fixture | eBay
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Actually, I meant 2 of whichever of those you liked better, for your tank.
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Old 10-14-2013, 04:10 PM   #6
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Actually, I meant 2 of whichever of those you liked better, for your tank.
Those both look really cool. If they both have the same growth effect on corals, then I would get the second one. Do you know if it has settings for moonlight, normal, etc?
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Yes, you can grow corals with either fixture.
No moonlight option. You can use a blue night light for that. Not sure if you are aware of this, but moonlights are completely unnecessary. They are just for human enjoyment.
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Those both look really cool. If they both have the same effect on corals, then I would get the second one. Do you know if it has settings for moonlight, normal, etc?
I just put four of the plain white and blue fixtures on my 210 and they are awesome. Much quieter than my old fixture. No moonlight setting but I just bought a cheap set of blue rope LEDs and taped them inside my canopy for moon light. I like to let my tank run dark at night unless I have company over.
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Yes, you can grow corals with either fixture. No moonlight option. You can use a blue night light for that. Not sure if you are aware of this, but moonlights are completely unnecessary. They are just for human enjoyment.
Yeah I knew that I just love the look. I'll just get some cheap ones to put inside the canopy. But are you supposed to turn them off eventually, or can the moonlights run all night? That sounds like a stupid question... I mean, the moon is on all night but I'm asking just in case.
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It depends how bright they are. I've seen some ridiculously bright moonlights, that could double as actinics...Those must be turned off. I would shut them down like TKEY3425 does.
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