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Old 12-16-2013, 11:50 PM   #11
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ohhhh thanks heaps for that.... makes a lot more sense lol
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Too expensive for my blood.
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Old 12-18-2013, 01:28 PM   #13
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The OP stated he wanted softies and has a 24" water depth. LEDs are overkill IMO, his existing T5's are perfect for that job. Love my LEDs, but saving money for now is good too. A radion would be running at partial power not to nuke the corals. Wait until you want SPS.
+1 why spend the money if you don't have to? Use the money to get some cool corals
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Old 12-18-2013, 07:26 PM   #14
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all really good feedback.... but if the t5s will work, then im happy to save a $1000+ on RADIONS (lol than you mr saltwater) :P

lol how did my thread name change from radeons to radions???

did that mr salterwater guy do it???
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Old 12-18-2013, 07:30 PM   #15
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I started with softies, but my addiction quickly progressed into lps, and dps
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Old 12-18-2013, 07:44 PM   #16
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lol so maybe after softies the addiction will kick in for me..... then I may upgrade the lighting
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Old 12-18-2013, 08:06 PM   #17
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a mod or admin prob noticed the spelling and changed it. as for the leds, you really should think about where your tank is going to be down the road a few years. going the radion route sure is expensive, but im pretty sure there isnt a coral that you cant keep under those lights. whereas with the t5 setup you have, theres going to be corals that are simply too high-light demanding for that fixture. not to mention the fact that ANY led fixture you buy is going to eliminate the need for bulb changes, saving you that money as well
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Growing softies is a great way to break into growing corals. Far less demanding and very pretty. But even most LPS will do fine under the T 5's. If you need to replace bulbs, the fixture fails or you jump straight to high light demand SPS, you should look at dimmable LEDs. But there are many fixtures that are under $400.
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ok awesome..... I remember a while ago I went to my LFS and there was a guy there promoting the radions. he was saying that the little lighting features is does is some sort of mode that gets the corals to spawn more to make more corals.... apparently.

Is this true? or was he just being just a standard salesman? lol
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I doubt any dimming routine makes much difference as far as the coral is concerned. Spawns have always happened even in the days of metal halide. That's the problem I have with some of the highest price manufacturers, some of them post extraordinary claims that are only backed by themselves. I want fancy coral more than a fancy light show, but if you have loads of bucks it might be a cool way to go.
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