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Old 12-14-2013, 05:58 PM   #1
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Radions?

Hey all,

about to start working into corals, current have just a FOWLR.

Currently have litemaster t5 with night mode from reef octopus so theyre coral ready.... apparently.

Heres the link of my current lighting:
Octopus Product Ranges - Lighting

But just a thought if i should invest into radeons, ive heard theyre top of the line but cost a billion dollars.... but would you believe that the t5s i have at the moment would do the job or should i be looking radeons?

Tank is 2ft high and all i want is softies

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Old 12-14-2013, 06:15 PM   #2
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Your T5's will work fine for softies. There are several excellent LED fixtures priced less than the Radions.
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Old 12-16-2013, 02:19 AM   #3
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I like A.I. Vega. It's about 10% cheaper than radions (not pro version) and is also considered top of the line. Most people are starting to buy Hydras primarily due to its price point. However, Vega has a slim design and more options when it comes to light settings. As far as Radions, some stores will recommend it over Aqua Illumination due to good customer service. So can't go wrong with Radions either. If you are willing to invest that much in your lighting system then there is no reason not to.
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There are many LEDs on the market that will keep corals, most specifially those that require intense lighting like SPS, clams, and anemone. You can find several that are like the taotronics on Ebay that will do the trick, but there are other name brand that will be covered under warranty like AI LEDs.
I run Radions over my tank and love them. I can't speak for other brands to compare. I have an end goal of having everything from lighting to flow all tied together. It is just an expensive goal.
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I too run radions. They are great lights, but I'm not sure if you really need them for your tank set up. They work great for me, and i like connecting them to their powerheads.
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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.
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Old 12-16-2013, 09:28 PM   #7
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thanks for the advice guys.... I might just stick to the t5s and try it out with corals and if theyre looking a bit unhappy ill just upgrade to radeons or something similar
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Honestly you should be fine. The light you have looks good. Radions are worth it if you want more energy efficiency and controlability.
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Old 12-16-2013, 11:08 PM   #9
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lol I have a really really stupid question..... what is exactly the difference between lps and sps???

I always thought that lps are softies and sps are hard corals... but im probably wrong lol
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Radeons?

Large Polyp Stoney coral and Small Polyp Stoney coral.

Stoney corals generally need more light, SPS needing the most. "Softies" are things like mushrooms, Xenia and other corals without skeletons. They require the least amount of light.
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