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Old 08-09-2014, 12:32 PM   #11
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I have used T5's and LED's if I were to spend the money again I would go with T5s. The color is better and coral looked better. They did not grow as fast but looked healthier for sure. There are more options with LESs but what it all comes down to are results.

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Old 08-09-2014, 12:41 PM   #12
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I have used T5's and LED's if I were to spend the money again I would go with T5s. The color is better and coral looked better. They did not grow as fast but looked healthier for sure. There are more options with LESs but what it all comes down to are results.

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Results with LEDs are the same as t5s. They all grow coral and provide good color. It can't really be disputed anymore. But if your parameters aren't kept constant and fluctuate it doesn't matter if you have the greatest lighting system in the world. They won't do well.


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Only sharing my experience with the two. I currently run a LED T5 combo just have had better results and like the look off T5s only better

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Old 08-09-2014, 12:45 PM   #14
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Only sharing my experience with the two. I currently run a LED T5 combo just have had better results and like the look off T5s only better

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Oh I know . Everyone has their own likes. The t5s do supplement LEDs phenomenally.


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I already order three 165w LEDs off eBay for the time being my buddy who builds reef for a living said they do fine until I have the extra cash I'm going with 3/4 live rock per gal and 3/4 dry per gal as for my sand I think crushed coral is the way to go we'll see I haven't talk to the wholeseller yet I'm looking for my protein skimmer now I'm only running a 40 gal wet dry I want to get the reef octopus that's rated for 500gal


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Thats a lot of light I hope you got the dimmable lol. I'd stay away from the crushed coral it tends to be large size grains that trap a lot of detritus. It needs to be cleaned a lot.
Iv'e found a fine grain of sand keeps any debris on the surface where the water movement washes it into the sump.
Im using pool filter sand in my 180 right now and love it It dont blow around and is fine enough grain that my gobies sift it with no problem

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Lol yea I got the dimmable ones I'll look into the sand thanks ! 👍


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I agree about the leds vs t5's. I just switched my 180g back to t5's. I burned all my coral even on thelowest setting and corals just didnt do well under them. :-( I tried them but didnt like the leds. It's just a personal preference I guess. Though I will be paying more for new bulbs every year I think thats the way I will go for the immediate future.
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I like the LEDs because they don't produce as much heat


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Just picked up the 150 gal tank yesturday. It looks really nice. Its got a black painted background. It came with powerheads of various flow rates, a canister filter, heaters, some lights but they arnt the right kind so ill have to change those out. It also came with 150lbs of fine grain sand and decorative rocks and shells. And random odds and ends the guy had for his tank maintenance.
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Nice! If your using that sand be sure to rinse it very well.
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