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Old 12-20-2013, 02:45 PM   #11
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Both should do fine
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Old 12-20-2013, 02:52 PM   #12
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Great. Thanks for confirming that.

Now going back to lighting. Since I WILL need to upgrade in order to successfully keep a nem, I was thinking of switching to LEDS. I know they're a bit more costly, but I've heard great things about them. Would it be worth it to go the LED route instead of purchasing the 4 bulb T5 fixture?

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Old 12-20-2013, 03:00 PM   #13
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For having maximum PAR values, you can try a medium light coral on the top of your rock, that way it will have more light...

My light fixture is R420R nano version 60w. Is cost around $300+tx, but progressive timer with 6 time points divided into two channel are included on the fixture. You'll never have to change the leds, so I calculated I'll save money after years because of the high price of the fluorescent that should be changed after 8-12 months.

For sure nems will die under this light... You can try Zoas, put them on the middle of your rock (talking about height). If you center it, it will absorb more light. Maybe it will work.

If you really want to upgrade the lighting, and put a nem, make sure it don't swim on the powerhead/filters intake, that'll make a HUGGEEEE mess, and you'll have to start over.


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Old 12-20-2013, 03:39 PM   #14
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Yes leds are very worth it! I run a kessil a150 on my 20. The eBay 120 watts would work dimmed down pretty good as well
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Yes leds are very worth it! I run a kessil a150 on my 20. The eBay 120 watts would work dimmed down pretty good as well
Yo tang, he have a 20g setup. I can't run my 60w on maximum on my 20g, imagine a 120w.

60w is better than 120w, you'll only can use 20% of the total power of this powerfull lighting. On my 20g I run it W70% B75%, higher than that you'll get algae problems.

Anyway, I think he want to go to the cheap fluos solution. It will work, but will cost more money over time, and have less features.
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Thanks for the suggestions. Mr. Vincent is right, I'm not looking at spending a whole lot on lights alone. I don't plan on keeping this tank up forever, just until I get the 125 set back up or am able to upgrade to a 50 gallon corner tank.

With that being said while I was checking out the Odyssey 4 bulb T5 fixture I came across some LED fixtures made by BeamsWork. I can get a BeamsWork Quad Reef Bright LED Fixture for $100 which has 32 1W LEDS ( 24x 10KK, 8x Actinic 460nm) at 2200 lumens. Would this work? Or do I still need more?

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Old 12-20-2013, 04:51 PM   #17
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Hmmm then afford a 160w r420r light. Will cost 1000$ but you'll can use it on your 125g ^.^

Just kidding, this model is twice larger than your 20g aquarium
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Look into their fixtures that are 3 watt leds that's what you want. If you want to be cost effective get the eBay 120 water. You will have a light you can then use on a bigger tank and it will do fine on the 20. I know people who run 150w and 250w halides on a 20 gallon.
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Although it does seem kinda silly to run a light at 10% lol. Definitely look at aquatraders leds that use 3watt leds.
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Haha Vincent I definitely don't want to spend $1000 on a fixture for a tank that's only cost me $5 so far.

Bribo, are you talking about the dimmable fixture? If so, I may just spend the extra $30 or $50 to get that one. It would be nice to be able to use it for the 125 as well, but then again, I'd need at least 2 more to cover the 125.

What do you think of this fixture? http://www.aquatraders.com/LED-Aquar...er-p/56260.htm

It uses 20, 3 watt LEDS (12x 10KK, 8x Actinic 460nm) at 2700 lumens.

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