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Old 06-19-2012, 03:41 PM   #1
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Reef Lighting

So I'm taking the plunge into a reef tank.

I have a 29 gallon tank that is 30" wide. I am looking to find lighting for this.

I am completely new to the reef side of things and would really like to get some direct responses with possibly links to lights.

I would also just like to hear some general suggestions on setting up this reef, the do's and the dont's of reef aquatics. What extra equipment I need etc.

The biggest thing I need knowledge about is deciding on a lighting system!

Thanks in advance!
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Before you figure out your lights, you need to figure out what fish and corals you want to keep.
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Zoanthids, mushrooms, possibly some soft corals, kenya trees, etc

Fish are not going to be an issue.
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For those low light softies you'd probably be ok with a 2 bulb T5 light, 150MH etc. Those corals are not very light intensive at all.
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Old 06-20-2012, 02:33 AM   #5
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Zoanthids, mushrooms, possibly some soft corals, kenya trees, etc

Fish are not going to be an issue.
Yes a simple 2-4 bulb t5 will be enough to keep those. 4 if you might ever decide to get into LPS.

T5HO by the way. Regular t5's are not the same.
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What should I consider if I want to go led
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What should I consider if I want to go led
Depends on budget. 200+ all the 750 and up mark. My LED light system with module ran about 4 bills.
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What are everyone's thoughts about this light from Marineland? seems like a great price for budget conscience folks.

Aquarium LED Lights: Marineland LED Aquarium Light
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Anyone else have any opinions on this?

Budget conscience reef lighting.

Like the idea of LEDs to cut down replacement costs.
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I don't know enough about the marine land LED's for reef tanks. I went with the AI SOL BLUE system for my BC29. I know a lot of others use Radion. There are some good DIY kits out there though. I just don't know enough about PAR to give you a solid answer. What are you wanting to keep in the tank?
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