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Old 01-12-2012, 04:01 AM   #11
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LED's are the way to go, but not the cheap junk that's so abundant from china. This sort of ubiquitous rubbish has no coral growing capability at all.

If you are thinking about LED's then this sort of thing is what you need to be thinking along the lines of...

http://aquaillumination.com/sol/

Truly awesome lights, my LFS has one on display/demo at the moment and they are beyond anything I've ever seen, he has two fixtures over a 250 litre tank being controlled by the controller box, gone are the days of supplemental actinics and the such, you can program the units to run any kind of cycle you wish, with a plethora of different colour mixes cooked up by the blue and white LED's.

Epic, I'll be buying some this year without a shadow of a doubt.
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Old 01-12-2012, 04:40 AM   #12
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AI will be releasing their Vega fixture in the next month or so. It's going to be an upgrade to the Sol. Just a thought in case you go that route.
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Old 01-12-2012, 04:47 AM   #13
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The sol's will drop in price then!

Over here in the UK they are currently 400 per unit, what do they go for across the pond?
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Old 01-12-2012, 05:37 AM   #14
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I full agree I didn't go the cheap route but I also didn't buy top of the line I paid a good 350 for my led unit but I also think you don't always have to have top of the line equipment to be successful I would have to say to be successful in this hobby you have to maintain it more importantly then just having the best stuff money can buy. But all these tips do help me out
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Old 01-12-2012, 06:28 AM   #15
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That's true to an extent, but not with LEDs. Their application in the aquarium trade, or growing anything for that matter, is so new that there is a huge variance in quality. It should really change within the next couple years. Prices will drop and the truth will come out. You won't see these crap fixtures with half watt LEDs sold as reef capable. Oh and I didn't look at the one you bought so I'm not saying it's crap.
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Old 01-12-2012, 07:13 AM   #16
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It is going to be a pretty light at 350 but not reef capable. It will make the colors of your fish show more an there's probably settings on the fixture at that price.
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Old 01-12-2012, 07:21 AM   #17
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I got tricked with the led scams. Thought I had a reef capable one for my nano and found out after I almost lost all my corals and anemone. Quickly bought a two bulb t5 and saved the tank. The LEDs looked amazing just didn't have the punch to grow corals. I just didn't do my research first kinda my fault but t5s are tried and true and cheaper I'm gonna stick with them until LEDs are around a bit more.
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Old 01-12-2012, 07:29 AM   #18
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Ya they mark up the prices on them like crazy just because their new. It's just like music players. An iPhone/ iPod touch is the best (debatable I know..) but it is expensive. Their are knockoffs of things like it that are just a bit less expensive but junky. In a few years they drop like crazy and a new thing will come that is overpriced. The new thing that will be in reefs is plasma I heard. They have a lot of work to do with it though.
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Oh yea sometimes new things always comes out every month it's insane cant even have the newest phone for a week because the lates and greats thing came out 2 days after lol.. But yea I check in to t5 I can always return the LEDs is I decide not to go with them I just want to be successful in the coral game
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Old 01-12-2012, 08:56 AM   #20
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Actually plasma arc has been around for a while. And the LEDs aren't really like marked up rediculous. The diodes r pretty expensive and there r only a couple manufacturers that make quality ones. The best probably being Cree.
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