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Old 05-22-2013, 11:21 PM   #11
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Go to Home Depot, they have these LED lights there that i might use on a fluval spec , the wattage range from 25-120
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Old 05-23-2013, 12:38 AM   #12
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Alright thanks. Are they blue or like spot lights.
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You arent going to find kelvins high enough to get the blue look at the home depot, guess it depends what you are looking for? Also, the "standard" ive heard for the leds is at least 1 watt per gal. Thats very rough but it gives you an idea.
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Old 05-23-2013, 01:32 AM   #14
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Clams require very strong lighting which I don't believe a par 38 will give.
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Old 05-23-2013, 08:41 AM   #15
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Ok I found a light that has 24 watts on eBay ill post a link when I get home
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Old 05-23-2013, 11:45 PM   #16
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alright here it ishttp://www.ebay.com/itm/14-20-Aquarium-3W-x-20-Clip-On-LED-Light-Reef-Hard-Soft-Coral-Ready-NEW-/221187808985?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item337fd2 1ed9&afsrc=1
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Old 05-24-2013, 12:56 PM   #17
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I looked at that light. They advertise 1900 lum for 20 bulbs which is only 95 lum per bulb. HQ now use Cree lights which they advertise at 100 lum/watt. That means either they are seriously under driving the 3 watt leds to only 1 watt or MHX uses an old led by HQ that HQ no longer uses and it only provides about 32 lum/watt.

OK, I saw where you post its a 24 W light, which means they under drive the bulbs. So even tho they say 3 W leds, consider them long life 1.2 W leds. So it will be OK for some corals, but not for a clam.
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Old 05-24-2013, 02:21 PM   #18
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Alright thanks. Do u have any suggestions on a light then off eBay? It had 2 be under 100 $ because I still have to buy my live rock and equipment. If there's a light that can support a clam under 100. Great, but because if my limited budget a light that can support support various soft corals such as frogspawn Kenya tree ,bird nest, and zoas. Please post a link.
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Old 05-24-2013, 03:01 PM   #19
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I don't know if you'll be able to get an appropriate light for a clam (high light req'mt) for under $100. But you can for some corals. However, if you want the clam, I would save money on the rocks, and get dry rocks rather than live rocks. Dry rocks will become live rocks over time. A bad light will not become a good light over time.
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Yep , I'm going to try and do that but I'm going to buy at most 10 pounds of live rock to help me cycle this tank.
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