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Old 11-06-2014, 05:47 PM   #1
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Led Lights?

I have a 180 gallon tank which currently has 6 marineland led lights set up.

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Although they look pretty good, I don't think they provide the amount of light needed to produce the tank I am looking for.

I really like the LEDs and was wondering what other LEDs are out there that would be good for a full blown reef tank, housing all types of fish and corals.

Or would I need to switch lighting options completely?

I also do not have a tank controller yet, so I would need something I can control on the fixture (dimming, timer would be excellent allowing for the lights to go through the day process dawn day dusk.)

Are they out there or would I need a controller first?

I just everything to be healthy and happy.



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You can do this for around 300 dollars and up, depending on what sort of options you are wanting. I have been using these-
Dimmable LED Aquarium Light 120W Coral Reef Tank White Blue Grow 55x3 Watt | eBay
for a few years with good results. You can grow whatever you want for a cheap price, but al they can do is manually dim. You'll need a pair of basic timers from walmart, but that's it.
There are plenty of fixtures out there that will suit your needs, but these are the cheapest by far.
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Old 11-06-2014, 07:13 PM   #3
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@mr_X do you have a picture of your tank?

And how many would I need for a 6 foot tank?


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Old 11-06-2014, 08:39 PM   #4
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They generally cover 2' per unit but depending on what you want to keep 2 units would probably work for softies and lps, if you want sps I'd get 3
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Old 11-06-2014, 08:54 PM   #5
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I was thinking about getting the Ecotech radion pros... Anyone use them?


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Old 11-06-2014, 09:20 PM   #6
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Radions are great. The only downfall is the price. I run two of the gen 2 Radions above my 55 reef along with two mp40's all tied together through the reeflink. All really great products...if you want to spend that much on them.
A general word to the wise, these as well as the other LEDs that can support the requirements of the photosynthetic creatures we keep that need high intensity lighting are strong...very strong. LEDs penetrate water much better than bulbed units, and this isn't something we can really tell by just looking at it. I had a discussion with Ecotech about a month ago, as generally the color of my coral isn't that vibrant and it is hard to get new coral acclimated to the tank. I was informed that the max that they suggest running these units at is in the 50-60% range! Most of us run them at much higher...and I didn't even know.
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That's outrageous! Lol

What's the best lighting source to use then? For coral growth and color?


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I think LEDs are the best the market can offer. You've basically seen the entire price range of units. It starts at the taotronics and ends at Radions.
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You can do this for around 300 dollars and up, depending on what sort of options you are wanting. I have been using these-
Dimmable LED Aquarium Light 120W Coral Reef Tank White Blue Grow 55x3 Watt | eBay
for a few years with good results. You can grow whatever you want for a cheap price, but al they can do is manually dim. You'll need a pair of basic timers from walmart, but that's it.
There are plenty of fixtures out there that will suit your needs, but these are the cheapest by far.
Do they make these where I can make it fit a 36 inch tank?
Like an 18inch model?
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Do they make these where I can make it fit a 36 inch tank?

Like an 18inch model?

Nope, only the one size. You could probably get away with one unit if you raise it a little higher than normal and don't mind a couple inches on the sides that would be low par areas (good place for some shrooms or other softies),or go with 2
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