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Old 08-05-2014, 05:50 PM   #1
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Light recommendations?

I recently inherited a 60 gallon cube and I want to update the lighting. It came with a twin bulb T5 HO and a 150w metal halide. I haven't set the halide up because I'm not a fan of having it attached to the back of the aquarium.

What I'm looking for is an LED unit that will sit on the top of the tank and have a timer/dimmer feature. The LFS showed me the Current Orbit, but after some brief research it seems that it's an under powered unit and won't handle the 24" depth. They suggested running 2 of them, but I think 1 higher end unit would be a better bet.

Any recommendations for an LED setup in the $300 range?
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What are the tanks dimensions? The taotronic LEDs are amazing for the price.
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The tank is 24x24x24, so the light fixture has to be 24" wide and be able supply adequate light for the 24" depth.
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Just hang a taotronics over the tank. It'll cover the whole area. Be weaker around the edges of course.


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The wife doesn't want the light hanging from the ceiling or wall so I would have to fab something to mount it to the tank.
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There are DIY ways to do it, though I have not personally.
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The wife doesn't want the light hanging from the ceiling or wall so I would have to fab something to mount it to the tank.

Many people use bent conduit attached to the stand to hang the Tao panels. A matte black spray paint makes it look pretty sharp to IMO.
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I've found a few ways to mount it to the tank. Any idea on the on how high above the tank this should be?

Any other lights in the range that has a few more features? Like ramp up/down brightness throughout the day.
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Not really...you start paying more money for things. AI might have something for a smaller tank, but not that large.
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I'm following along, since I have a 60g cube as well. I plan to use my Tao LED panel and hang it from a hood that I am going to build. That will hide the cords. Mine is just resting on PVC right now.

I'd like the ramping up and down feature if they had it, but I'm not sure the fish or corals really care that much.


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