Ok, here I am! LOL Been so busy with all sorts of life stuff havent had a chance to post.
First off, the toadstool I had in the 180g under the tao panels is under the radion in the 60g. So far, very minimal improvement. It isnt declining as it was but its not looking that much better. I hate to say it, but I think I may have lost this awesome coral. :-(
Now as for the 40b and the orbit. I wanted to do a video and go over each coral as to the location and how well the orbit performs. But no video today, sorry.
The good part about the orbit is the color and ease of use. It really does put out a stellar color, not too blue and not too white, just perfect. It gives shimmer too and it has all the bells and whistles. (even if I dont use the lightening storm, its cool to show people who come over lol)
BUT, and this is a BIG BUT, it will not be enough for sps
regardless of the depth of the tank. I had hoped being over a shallow tank like the 40b would give it a little extra ooomph but it doesnt. I also have the larger size over the 40, the tank is 36 inches so I got the 36-48 inch fixture just so I would have complete coverage and more watts of light.
What it wont keep: SPS
, I had a hydnophora and it lasted a month or so and then just started fading from the bottom of the coral upwards. I have ZERO growth on my monti cap and zero on my hollywood stunner, these are the two corals that I have that grow the fastest and I have zip growth over the last few months. They are both placed high in the tank as well.
Anemones: I have a red tip bubble placed as high as it could go, about 3/4 of the way to the top and it is stretching for light. It will have to be moved at some point soon. The nem is still bubbling up and looks good but you can see it needs more light.
What it can grow, and very well: Mushrooms, leathers and other soft corals. I have a huge mix of softies and all of them are doing very well. They are showing great growth, I have several baby cinnamon palys growing and the zooas are spreading all up a rock. The GSP is also loving the light. I have some lps
as well, duncans which are on the sandbed and are also multiplying and a hammer which hasnt popped a new head but looks good overall. I have a torch coral about 1/2 way up on the rocks and that too is doing well.
Overall, if you are looking for an inexpensive light that has great color and options AND you are only interested in soft corals mainly then this light has potential. If you think you will be graduating to other high light needing corals then this is a PASS.
I wouldnt steer you guys wrong, I promise. Either save up for a more expensive light or go with the the Tao panels that run about $100 each. So many people have had good luck with them its almost a no brainer.
As for what I will do now, I am undecided. I can add another orbit fixture and keep the corals I currently have in there or go with a new light. Not sure what to do. Hesitant to spend another $150 for the orbit but at this point I am already committed to the orbit so I dont know.lol I may move all the higher light needing critters over to the 60g with the radion and just keep the single orbit over the 40b and use it as a softie tank.
For ha-has I put theorbit over the 90g just to see how it looked. It almost has enough punch to light the tank, it might need the 48-60 inch fixture though. It is absolutely not enough over a 75g or 90g to grow corals. No way. My 90g is only fish only and is running a quad t5 so I was thinking maybe of using it over that tank but it just doesnt have enough light.
I know this was a super long post, but I wanted to be as thorough as I could be. LOL
\If you have any specific questions just post and I will do my best to answer. I have a great assortment of corals under the orbit that I didnt mention so if you have a certain coral, odds are I have one too under the light.
Thanks everyone, wish I had better news to report.