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Old 08-28-2014, 08:50 PM   #11
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I was talking to the ecotech people regarding my light fixture and they told me the extra red can cause algae.......not sure if this is true or not but it would make sense.

Technically corals do not need all those extra colors, they are mostly for our benefit.
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I was talking to the ecotech people regarding my light fixture and they told me the extra red can cause algae.......not sure if this is true or not but it would make sense.

Technically corals do not need all those extra colors, they are mostly for our benefit.
Fair enough.

I guess I was leaning towards it (ReefBreeder over TaoTronics that is) as when I was looking at the BML website, they had a 20000K fixture that was suppose to resemble the color temperature of Metal Halide (20000K Reef Spectrum - XB Series - Build My LED, LLC). This seemed to make the tank just look so much more vibrant than the 12000K or 14000K. They say that this 20000K fixture includes 400nm UV and 420 nm Violet. This (outside of the UV) also seems to be present in the ReefBreeder but it looks like it is excluded from the TaoTronics fixture.

(Bonus question: can someone tell me what the difference between the ReefBreeder Value vs SuperLux is? All I can find is basically some bells and whistles. Is there an LED/intensity difference or just a new body and built in timers?)

I know that for years, and still to this day, people live by the Metal Halide fixtures for their tanks. Is that just for intensity, or is it because of this color spectrum?

I am still having such a tough time choosing between them, as the fact that TaoTronics has such an overwhelming amount of positive reviews is just so hard to ignore. who knew that even something as basic as lighting was going to be such a battle!

All I know is that with either of these fixtures, I figure getting 3 of them is the safest choice to provide the correct level of lighting (even 3 TaoTronic fixtures would be less expensive than one BML fixture...)
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Old 08-29-2014, 11:08 AM   #13
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The superlux is essentially the same thing, but with one power cord and a built in timer for both channels. Simplifies things a little, with the value you need to buy 2 timers or one that can handle turning on and off multiple things at different times to automatically turn the light on and off at your desired times.
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