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Old 04-15-2011, 11:02 PM   #1
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Led lighting?

I have a 100g and I saw a 60in lighting system at my LFS. It said it was reef lighting but I thought I had to have lots of watts for that? The system lasts 50k hours. It has blue and white LEDs. It's 400$. Is it worth it? I want to keep corals like zoos, anemone, frogspawn, and stuff like that. Would it be okay? And what is the ratio for base rock to live rock in my aquarium?
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Old 04-15-2011, 11:06 PM   #2
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75% base to 25% live is a good ratio.

Was the fixture Marineland? If it was I wouldn't purchase it. They aren't very good.

When it comes to LEDs, watts aren't much of a measure of strength. Usually 3w LEDs are used and not too many to be comparable to a MH light.
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I use LED lighting for my reef. It needs a mix of white and blue, and they need to be the 2, 3 or 4 watt LEDS. There are low cost, low power stuff out there that will not work for a reef, but a properly set up LED array is the best light source I have ever owned. Almost no heat and a linear output until they burn out. They also save a ton of electricity. Safer too. Expensive is the only disadvantage to the reef capable systems.
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do you have a link to this led lighting i want to check it out
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Old 04-15-2011, 11:17 PM   #5
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Greg's or the one Fishking is referring to?

I believe Greg's is DIY and Fishking's won't support a reef.

What tank are you looking to light? I may have a few suggestions
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http://cgi.ebay.com/150W-Aquarium-Co...ht_2349wt_1235

I bought three of these a year ago for a 300 gallon reef that was 17 years old. Metal Halides with blue high output flouresents were previously used. Needed to be re-bulbed every year. My coral like it fine and are growing. My chiller rarely runs and my electric bill went down. Had to keep the units dusted as they draw dust.

As always, this was my experience,yours may be different. This may be a different manufacturer, but the setup looks the same. They are light weight and easily hung.
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oh i have a 55G reef i have 6x 54W T5H0 lighting but i was just curious about leds i dont know much about them
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150W Aquarium Coral Reef Tank White Blue LED Grow Light | eBay

I bought three of these a year ago for a 300 gallon reef that was 17 years old. Metal Halides with blue high output flouresents were previously used. Needed to be re-bulbed every year. My coral like it fine and are growing. My chiller rarely runs and my electric bill went down. Had to keep the units dusted as they draw dust.

As always, this was my experience,yours may be different. This may be a different manufacturer, but the setup looks the same. They are light weight and easily hung.
Thanks for the link
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By the way. A 150 watt LED array is about the equivalent of a 500 watt metal halide.
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By the way. A 150 watt LED array is about the equivalent of a 500 watt metal halide.
yea thats what i was curious about how is that lol
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