Originally Posted by jeffaquarius
The Orbit LED
light is limited to soft corals. Here is the reason why. It never mention the total wattage of the fixture but I can tell it has only 1-watt LEDs. There is no way it can have more than 200 watts total. Since the 48 inch fixture has 192 LEDs anyone can do the math to figure out the wattage of each LED
. It has all the extra goodies that you pay for but it is only good for shallow tank.
With no offense intended, I'm 15 years old and I know that wattage isn't necessarily what to measure here.
Compare a 48 inch T5 fluorescent tube to a 48 inch T12 fluorescent tube... Nearly the same wattage, but the T5 can beat out the T12 by almost 4x.
With this in mind, let's look at wattage again. With LED
lighting in an aquarium that is 24" deep or shallower (My 55 falls right into this), only 1 watt per gallon of LED
lighting is needed for LPS
, most SPS
, and softies. The structure I have emits 46 watts. Now look at this review of the product on a 100 gallon tank.
Even given the fact that he has another lighting system with it, it still seems odd to me that everyone who actually owns
this lighting system loves it, and everyone who is reviewing it just rags on it. I can safely say, I'm going to be growing montipora and bubble coral with ease