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Old 11-04-2012, 02:28 PM   #11
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I found a marine land led for 45 on foster and smith any knowledge of those
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Old 11-04-2012, 02:46 PM   #12
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Not really reef capable.. you'll want 3w per diode for reef capable LEDs
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Old 11-04-2012, 02:58 PM   #13
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I'd stay away from all of the Marineland LED units. They have weak LEDs and bad optics. It ends up looking like spotlights of white and blue shooting straight down into the tank.

There are better options like the Finnex Fuge and Fuge II LED lights you can find on amazon. They're way more powerful and spread light evenly over the tank. You'll be able to grow a lot more with them for about the same cost.
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Old 11-04-2012, 03:36 PM   #14
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Like this one? Do you not need a hood for this?

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Old 11-04-2012, 04:59 PM   #15
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Like this one? Do you not need a hood for this?
That's it. No hood required but any mini-reef should have a glass hood just to keep evaporation down so the salinity stays more stable. Smaller amounts of evaporation make larger changes in salt levels unless you have an auto top off system.

I'd get the longer fixture. I forget just how long 10 gallon tanks are. If you want brighter light the Fuge II is great but I'd just get the original Fuge if it were me. 10 gallon reefs often have higher nutrient levels that make growing very high light loving corals a challenge. My old 10 gallon reef was jam packed for years with soft corals like toadstools, xenia, mushrooms, zoas as well as a few trumpets and various others. It had less light than the Fuge LED strip puts out. It's just an option to consider. Other members will have other ideas to consider.
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I really like the looks of them. Do you suggest any replacement bulb for the time being until Im ready to order the led strip? Also I use purple up to help with the coraline growth.
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I really like the looks of them. Do you suggest any replacement bulb for the time being until Im ready to order the led strip? Also I use purple up to help with the coraline growth.
What type of bulb does your current fixture use?
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Old 11-04-2012, 08:14 PM   #18
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I'm not sure whatever the stock light is for the aqueon lights
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