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Old 09-25-2011, 11:30 PM   #1
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24 gallon nano lighting

I am a newbie and having a hard time figuring out what type of lighting to get. Since it is my first tank I do not plan on getting too complex. I want a reef and am fine with soft coral and some LPS towards the top of the rock. I am looking at Marineland's 18" reef capable LED fixture. Does anyone have any experience with this fixture or advice?
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that should be fine but you might get more of a spot light effect with dark spots. maybe go with the larger lighting and see how that goes

if you're into DIY projects you can look into doing a retro fit kit from www.rapidled.com
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By larger do you mean physically larger or retrofitting more wattage? I was looking at this fixture because I am kind of on a budget.
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how long is your tank i have a 25 gallon 2ft long and i got the 24inch marineland
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The tank is 18" across.
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how long is your tank i have a 25 gallon 2ft long and i got the 24inch marineland
Is the light growing corals? How is the live rock doing?
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hmm if its 18 inches then scratch that i thought it would be a 24".

the LEDs are very spot lighty as far as i've seen but you should be good with low-mid light corals
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Thanks all, I'm just going to rebuild the cover and go with the cf combo bulbs.
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its actually not spotty at all in my tank but my tank is not too deep and has a bow front. Additionally, with the proper placement it can work well but if you have the resources as well as the time a diy led system is prob the way to go.
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