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Old 09-29-2012, 03:58 AM   #1
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Lighting help

So this is my first of what will probably be many posts, I am looking for a reef capable light for a 38g tank and that is under 150$. If anyone knows if it exists please let know.

The gf has tasked me with building her a reef
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Old 09-29-2012, 02:53 PM   #2
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Heard of the odyssea lights working for corals...don't know how good they are though. Aquatraders.com sells them, but only up to 24" I think.
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Old 09-29-2012, 03:17 PM   #3
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I have an 24" odyssea light on my 29G reef... all of my corals are doing great!

Used to have a 60" odyssea light on my freshwater tank for plants and it even did wonders for them as well.

Only thing that stinks about an odyssea is that they get very hot
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Of your gonna try and go cheap you'll be spend more money on lights bulbs every six months , and it will add up when you can just get a badass kessil a350 led that will last you forever and is super silent and low electricity bill , think about it in the long run , better to spend more now
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Old 09-29-2012, 09:59 PM   #5
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I think LEDs are better, but still probably more expensive at first. Yes t5s will prob. be more in the long run, the money spent is spread out. And they don't last forever, but 50,000 hours which for most is 5 years.
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I think LEDs are better, but still probably more expensive at first. Yes t5s will prob. be more in the long run, the money spent is spread out. And they don't last forever, but 50,000 hours which for most is 5 years.
+1 I had looked at lights for over 6 months. I knew I wanted to have a reef tank so I created a list of things I needed to upgrade and additional items along with a budget. My lights were my most expensive item minus any corals I wanted. If you are technically savvy some go with the "Do It Yourself" reef LED's. People on my local forum have used them a while and had great results but I'm lucky to be able to work my iPhone so this wasn't an option for me. I ended up buying two kessil A150W's. It's taken me 8 months to accumulate all the things I wanted just because forking out that much money at once hurts! Your lighting is very important and my advice is to research it and take it slow so you won't end up spending more later.
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Old 09-30-2012, 01:52 AM   #7
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yeah definitely agree with Nikki in regards that you got to research what's the best for how much money you're willing to spend and all the factors contributing to it. about the iphone...kind of off topic, but I wish I could do DIY LEDs..could use them and sell them to make money for frags... If you're willing to do extra research and put in more work you could have a really great DIY LED fixture, some youtube videos that would help if you want to go that route.
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Something to look into as I am DIY savvy, it's just if I can make it display quality...
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No need to, while you're at it, you could make a canopy . Or just buy one to cover up the messy network of LEDs.
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Though I was thinking about that odyssea fixture to start and maybe a year or two down to road getting a really nice fixture
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