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Old 06-30-2014, 03:11 PM   #1
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Lighting for a 20 long

In the process of gathering equipement for setting up my first sw tank. Have experience with fw. The biggest thing I am unclear on is lighting. I understand that corals need extremely strong lighting. What do I get for a 20 long that won't break the bank. I am not very handy so only super easy DIY projects will work. Can you be very specific in what I should get. Info I researched so far is pretty confusing. Only want simple corals
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Old 06-30-2014, 04:21 PM   #2
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this article will most likely help you choose your lighting ,
you can get a lot of peoples thoughts and concerns,
all the pro's and cons on lighting ect
this page is very helpful search lighting you can find other articles that may be helpful

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Looked into taotronics but not very clear about what size. Also read somewhere that those types of lights are so bright that they have to be hung way over the tank.


Any other suggestions. Is 150 dollars a reasonable budget for lighting. Any more and I probably will go Fish and live rock
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yes they are bright but they are dimable
you can choose how bright or dim you want them
and the best part this light can be used with a future upgrade
they support lps , sps , softies so you can grow many different corals
there on ebay going for under $100. at the moment
this one is a hair more in cost
http://www.ebay.com/itm/120W-LED-Aqu...188543&afsrc=1

I have one over my tank and I love it
and the best part not having to replace bulbs every 3/6 months like I used too
the cost of replacing bulbs 1X paid for my light
now that extra money can go to corals or what ever is needed
it's win win IMO
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Now if I bought that type of fixture does that include everything or do i still have to buy bulbs
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no you wouldn't need to buy any bulbs
the only thing is you need to figure out how to hang it
some hang it off 2 hooks in ceiling
or you could use a flowerpot hanger mounted to the wall like I did
the light is fairly heavy so it would need to be mounted securely
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How long would it last? Since it is led would it be a bit easier on my electric bill
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LED diodes last about 10 years. The only thing you'd need to figure out is how to hang them.
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So been looking into getting an AIO tank and decided I would be better off using my 20 long. Still not sure what to do about lights. The taotronics look like a good deal but the problem is that they seem to need to be hung way over your tank. The spot where I want the tank has only 13 inches of clearence for lights. Have built in shelves above it. Doubt that would work for taotronics. Any advice about what else I could use for lighting that will fit my space. Prefer led and to be under 200$. Interested in growing soft corals and mushrooms.
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you can hang them like this


you can hang them as high or low as you like
remember these lights are dimable so you can adjust them to what you need
the hanging cables can be doubled up to make them shorter if need be

just thought of this you can also drill the shelf run cable through holes and secure the cable from up top to what ever height you need
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