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Old 10-20-2012, 11:01 AM   #1
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will i need more lighting for 55g reef?

while waiting on my tank to cycle, was wandering if my 48" "BeamsWork Reef Bright LED" was going to be enough to host some soft corals & inverts. i can't get a straight answer, anywhere

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Fixture Size: 48.00" x 5.00" x 1.00" (Add 0.65" in height with bracket installed)
LEDs Count: 54
3340 Lumens
Super energy efficient 1 watt HQ LEDs
46x 10,000K LEDs
8x Actinic 460nm LEDs
Use 54 watts
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Old 10-20-2012, 11:14 AM   #2
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1 watt LEDs are not reef capable.. you will want the 3 watt LEDs.. this may be enough to pull of very low light corals but for reef lighting this would be at the bottom of the spectrum.
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Old 10-20-2012, 12:14 PM   #3
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Thanks, Mrc! Finally! a straight answer but are you saying that even the 3 watt LEDs are only enough for very-low-light corals? and/so is my fixture good for anything... fo? fowlf?
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Old 10-20-2012, 12:26 PM   #4
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3 watts are fully reef capable for low light up to high light including sps
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Old 10-20-2012, 12:57 PM   #5
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Any lighting will work for a fowlr setup. Fish don't care, it is all about what you like at that point.
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okay, hmmm... does anyone care to suggest... should i ditch the BeamsWork (described in my original post) or look into supplemental lighting and if so, recommend what & where to get added lighting?
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Old 10-21-2012, 06:10 AM   #7
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Ive had had those lights before. Theyre only good for fowlr tanks and freshwater planted tanks. The most affordable and popular LEDs among reefers these days are the 120w panels usually made in China. You can find them on ebay or your local city reef forum. Theyll have a seperate plug and switch for blues and whites. Ive had good coral growth with them. For 48" of coverage you'd be looking at two of them bad boys. They run anywhere from 130-280 per fixture.

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Old 10-22-2012, 09:09 PM   #8
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Ive had had those lights before. Theyre only good for fowlr tanks and freshwater planted tanks. The most affordable and popular LEDs among reefers these days are the 120w panels usually made in China. You can find them on ebay or your local city reef forum. Theyll have a seperate plug and switch for blues and whites. Ive had good coral growth with them. For 48" of coverage you'd be looking at two of them bad boys. They run anywhere from 130-280 per fixture.
Can you post some pictures on your tank? I'm interested into buying that 120w too
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Can you post some pictures on your tank? I'm interested into buying that 120w too
Some pics of my tank. Keep in mind that this tank just finished cycling in july and i installed the leds 2 months ago so its still young. In that time my frogspawns quadrupled in size, and torch doubled. My anemone is as happy as can be and i have high end expensive palys growing a few heads in a couple weeks. My birdsnest started from a few small branches and my xenias are thriving on the sand (which some reefers have trouble keeping in general). Ive had em on my nano tanks too. I actually bought one from a fellow reefer for $50 the other day. Not trying to sell you guys. Just sharing my experience with em. =)



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Old 10-22-2012, 10:27 PM   #10
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Thanks for the pics! It's very nice did you get this

1. http://item.mobileweb.ebay.com/viewi...d=200819038173

2. http://item.mobileweb.ebay.com/viewi...id=97475147310
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