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Old 07-02-2013, 02:38 PM   #1
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55 Gallon Lighting

I am planning on setting up a 55 gallon (breeder size) reef tank. I would like to get around 220 watts on it. I am working on a budget, so I might get a used tank and either replace the lighting or build a hood. Cost being the biggest consideration, what do you think would be the best lighting option for this tank? Thanks
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2 dimmable taotronics led fixtures is the cheapest you'll be able to go.
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Breeders are 30, 40, and 50 gallon as far as I've seen. A standard 55 is 48" x 12". I would use the 2 Tao's also.
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Breeders are 30, 40, and 50 gallon as far as I've seen. A standard 55 is 48" x 12". I would use the 2 Tao's also.
Sorry, I just meant a shallower tank. Side note, do you think a standard 55 gallon tank is fine for a reef? Can this fixture be mounted in a hood? From the pictures, it looks like they have to be hung. Thanks!
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Yes, I love my 55. I'd like a wider tank for a larger sandbed...but I'm just getting picky now that I've filled the tank with coral!

Build a hood and simply mount the lights like you would if it was the ceiling. Not really that big of an issue. Why you get dimmable.
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Yes, I love my 55. I'd like a wider tank for a larger sandbed...but I'm just getting picky now that I've filled the tank with coral!

Build a hood and simply mount the lights like you would if it was the ceiling. Not really that big of an issue. Why you get dimmable.
I saw that they recommend the lighting be at least 30 cm away from the water. I don't use metric, but would a hood put them closer than that?
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Thats why they are dimmable. I have my radions hanging no where close to that far away from the water.
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Thats why they are dimmable. I have my radions hanging no where close to that far away from the water.
Thanks! Will you send me a picture of your 55 gallon tank? I need inspiration!
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http://www.aquariumadvice.com/forums...ld-194395.html

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