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Old 07-14-2011, 01:02 PM   #1
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Need Advice choosing Light Setup

Hello, I am looking to buy a used lighting system hopefully on craigslist for my 40 gallon tank. I would like to be able to house any type of coral just such as soft/sps/lps.

Can somebody recommend what kind of lights would be good for me? I am looking to spend hopefully no more than $150
And what kind of watts/# of bulbs should I be looking for? Thanks
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Old 07-15-2011, 05:57 PM   #2
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"no more than 150 bucks" and "any type of coral" usually don't go hand in hand.
what are the exact dimensions of your tank? do you have a canopy? a center brace?
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Old 07-15-2011, 11:01 PM   #3
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haha I guess that is true. My tank is 28-29 inch long , 16 inches deep and 15 inches wide. It had a hood filter that takes about half of the top space and the other half is my hob skimmer and current lights.

Since our last conversation I was deciding between Odyssea T5 Aquarium Lighting
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Odyssea T5 Aquarium Lighting

Would the difference in wattage make a significant difference in the type of coral I can keep? I do not mind having 3 inches hanging over on each side (unless the light lost for going over is a big deal)
please advise thank you!
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Old 07-15-2011, 11:24 PM   #4
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yes the wattage does make a differnce and so does having individual lamp reflectors. but yeah for $150 is not goign to get you much.. you can get a fixture for cheap but you'll need the lamps which will cost you anywhere from $20-30 each lamp for T5s.

halides will run you soem big time bucks same with LEDs
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Old 07-15-2011, 11:32 PM   #5
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If your feeling adventurous you could get the fixture for cheap with less than desirable bulbs save up for individual reflectors to add in yourself, then when the time comes to switch out bulbs buy some high quality ones. Then in the beginning you can get your low/med light corals and after you know what youre doing step up to sps and clam
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Old 07-15-2011, 11:34 PM   #6
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Do you know if the ones I linked have individual reflectors?

I wanted to avoid metal halide cause they were too hot and leds too expensive. I am pretty much going to get the 36" one listed and put the good bulbs in unless someone tells me something terribly wrong with them.

Also, I was looking at the lights my LFS uses called quantum badboy lighting. They seem to be about the same price but I am skeptical since all the reviews I see online for them are for hydroponics. Thanks!
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Old 07-15-2011, 11:36 PM   #7
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Thanks Kurty that sounds good since I was already okay with getting the better bulbs. What are these individual reflectors though? Can you explain a bit further on them?
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nope those don't have SLRs they have one single reflector and are pretty cheapo
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Old 07-16-2011, 01:35 AM   #10
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cheapo = avoid them? :T , the few reviews say they were okay but yeah I understand they are cheap.

Good lightbulbs + individual reflectors = possibility? I can possibly spend more but I really can't look at spending a couple hundred. Should I just buy used on craigslist
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