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Old 06-22-2015, 04:23 AM   #1
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My light is 12 inches longer then my tank

Anything I can do? Make some sort of stand?


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Simples! You need a larger tank

Edit - can you hang the light? Maybe that wouldn't be so bad?
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I gotta agree with Delapool here... You simply need a bigger tank man.

What type of light is it? I mean technically there should be higher PAR there with it being longer. Can you sell it and get another one? I ran a 48" LED on my 30" 20g for like 5 months hahaha... Looks like crap but you use what you have.
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I gotta agree with Delapool here... You simply need a bigger tank man.

What type of light is it? I mean technically there should be higher PAR there with it being longer. Can you sell it and get another one? I ran a 48" LED on my 30" 20g for like 5 months hahaha... Looks like crap but you use what you have.

lol - couldn't resist. Over to yourself for better solutions. Not an expert on lights.
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Sanjay is the light expert. He's been lighting reefs since the 70s

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My light is 12 inches longer then my tank

Very nice!

Meanwhile at a lfs near me in Perth, Australia; the shelves have been upgraded from T8s to the 'new fangled' T5s.... well maybe not that bad but certainly not those LED light options.
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LEDs are just to make the coral pop and growth with more colors. You still need fluorescent if you want more than an inch a year on some corals. Don't get me wrong there's great LED systems but they'd all be so so so much better with the support of T5 or T12.

Obviously LEDs do more than just make the coral pop and color up haha but you know what I mean I think lol
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LEDs are just to make the coral pop and growth with more colors. You still need fluorescent if you want more than an inch a year on some corals. Don't get me wrong there's great LED systems but they'd all be so so so much better with the support of T5 or T12.

Obviously LEDs do more than just make the coral pop and color up haha but you know what I mean I think lol
Pretty sure there are a few members growing insane corals on strictly led panels?? Could be wrong though.. 165 watt dimmable panels perhaps??

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The tank is a 36" FW and the light is a 48" dual T5 (guessing NO and not HO). Got that from duplicate post from the OP.
I would suspend it for the time being. Chains/wire to the ceiling or to wall brackets. Or mount wall brackets above the tank and rest the light on that. Or grow houseplants next to the tank.


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Pretty sure there are a few members growing insane corals on strictly led panels?? Could be wrong though.. 165 watt dimmable panels perhaps??

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Yeah I love my corals in my LED only tanks... I notice in my tanks with metal halides and florescent bulbs the corals grow quicker and expand more fully. Under LEDs the corals are growing specifically towards the LED diode and you can see them reaching for the light source.

I did not mean to say it couldn't be done with LED, sorry you took it that way.
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