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Old 01-17-2014, 12:55 AM   #1
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Need advice on reef breeders

Currently have a standard 75 mixed with lots of lps and sps under a 6 bb nova fixture with ati bulbs.
Looking to change to either to 16" value fixtures or one photon 32.
Iv heard if I use the 32 the five" on each end are a softy only zone.
I want to hear pros and cons on each
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Old 01-17-2014, 09:59 AM   #2
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I have a 75 mixed reef two rb led value fixtures. Works great looks great plenty of coverage with two.there 8" above the water and run at 50 blue 40 white sps top and mid Lps mid and sandbed and chalices and such fine there happy spot by keeping a eye on them.
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Old 01-18-2014, 09:06 AM   #3
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I have a 75 I just switched to the equivalent of the Photon 32. On the extreme right bottom I have a deresa clam who is doing well and some green monti cap towards the top which actually started bleaching when I switched. Lights are peaking at 60%. Bottom left I have some scans, candy cane and favia (I think) doing well. I haven't tried SPS there yet. I have my acros towards the middle.
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If you choose the 120 degree optics on the Photon 32, you'll be fine. 2 of the value units will work as well.
Why buy the value fixture for $179.00 from them when you can get something on Ebay for under $120.00?
Here's a colored one-
Evergrow Dimmable Full Spectrum D120 120W LED Light for Reef Saltwater Aquarium | eBay

And here's a blue/white one-
New Dimmable 120W Aquarium Coral Reef Fish Tank White Blue LED Light Black Shell | eBay

Either one will alow you to grow SPS just about anywhere.
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Old 01-18-2014, 09:42 AM   #5
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Thanks for the advice, and straight from evergrow or a u.s. distributor is the way I was planning to order anyway.
Its hard to beat two 16" fixtures for $247 shipped.
Do the controllable features on the 32 warrant the extra money is my question.

My.next question is can I still use my glass tops or do.I.need to good to a mesh or screen top

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Old 01-18-2014, 09:45 AM   #6
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Need advice on reef breeders

I imagine you'll get better coverage with the two value fixtures, but I liked being able to program the fixture for a sunrise and sunset effect and I figured one fixture would be easier to install than two.

I prefer the screen top over glass. IME, the glass tops will eventually get a haze to them from the minerals in the water and begin to block some light. Glass tops are also generally thought to interfere with gas exchange.
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I completely agree, sunrise/sunset and being able to ramp intensity up and down throughout the day seem to be fairly valuable features.

And my glass lids already do that so they get soaked and cleaned fairly often already. But I do want to get the most out of my lighting so I may make a screen top

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I completely agree, sunrise/sunset and being able to ramp intensity up and down throughout the day seem to be fairly valuable features.
They are only valuable aesthetically. They do nothing for your aquarium otherwise.
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The ramping of intensity isn't Beneficial at all?

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The ramping of intensity isn't Beneficial at all?

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No, the ramp through the day doesn't do much at all for the inhabitants, just for us and the wiz bang factor.
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