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Old 12-17-2012, 06:12 AM   #31
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What kind of lights do you have? I have the same size tank and have just ditched my 4 x T5 fixture because it was adding 2 - 3 degrees to the tank. This will be my first summer without a chiller too (i am in melbourne) and I figured a decent LED fixture was the same price as a chiller and better for my tank too! Just a thought...
Hi mate, I have 4 x 24w T5 (2 x white & 2 x blue). My tank is an Aquareef 195 made by Aquaone. More info can be found on below link:


I probably would replace the T5s with a good LED light fixture later on down the track as the tank is still fairly new (only a couple months old) and its a shame to get rid if it when it came with the tank. For now I was thinking of getting a cheap blue LED light from eBay to give that moonlight effect at night rather than turning the reflectors over all the time on the existing fixture. Btw I'm in Sydney. Also don't know how easy or hard it would be to sell this light fixture. If I found a good cheap second-hand chiller I may consider getting one for this summer, but I'm worried about the extra noise they make. I'm also looking out for cheap ones in eBay. Can you recommend any affordable but good chillers out there?

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Old 12-17-2012, 09:01 PM   #32
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That won't be enough light for most corals with maybe low light softies being the exception. Mushrooms would be ok I think. I would say u have a few more months anyway you really want your tank to be stable and your nitrates and phosphates to be undetectable.

Eventually you'll want to upgrade that light or add more, LEDs are the way to go if u have the budget.

Can't speak for chillers it gets hot here in the summer but we have AC so it is not an issue (unless the power goes out). I've heard of people using fans to cool the water but seems kind of unreliable...

Hows the goby doing?

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Old 12-18-2012, 01:20 AM   #33
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Yes, I would def look into a lighting upgrade in the future. Heat from those lights you have might not be as bad as mine, i had 4 x 54w. Haven't done a great deal of research on the chillers but like skimmers and power heads I think it is worth getting a decent one! So $300 - $400 maybe? eBay will be your best friend tho!

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