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Old 04-22-2015, 09:06 AM   #1
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Best lighting for FOWLR - no corals

For 5 years I have had a regular

55W/65W Compact FL 50/50 Aquarium Lamp in White Nanometer Range: 460nm Blue/10K White. 3 tiny LEDs for moonlight. Adds a nice effect. Here's my current tank setup. Is this sufficient or should I look into getting a new light? Click image for larger version

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I went to my LFS to saw some amazing colors I want to replicate. I would like a little more color in the daytime like this. Any suggestions?
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You should ask your LFS what that light is. There are many lighting units that will add color without being strong enough for corals...but they usually come with a very similar price tag. The marineland LED units always come to mind for me, though they claim they can keep corals which is incorrect, but I'm sure there are others out there I'm not aware of.
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The newer interchangeable marineland led can keep some soft corals. The older model nope.

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I'm still a big fan of the LED Tao knockoffs on eBay. Not expensive and you can dim/adjust the blue/white to get the look you want.


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I personally enjoyed kessil's better.

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I personally enjoyed kessil's better.

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They do look great! Do you own one? Would I need two for a 75g? - 4/5 ft wide. They seem expensive.


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U will need at least 2, 4 best if for sps.

I am running 2 360 at max 75% output and nothing SPS on the reefs.

Thinking of adding 2 AI Prime in the future.

I almost got the tao if it wasn't for the 2 outlets it need per unit. I endup doing more research and almosy got the Cree led. As I read more and more I found lights are one of those equipments u can should never go cheap on for the long run.


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But these are all units that will support corals. The OP doesn't need the support, a simple low watt LED unit will give the color/shimmer he wants in his FOWLR system.
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How about one of these-
Aquarium LED Lights: Current USA TrueLumen Pro LED Striplights

What's your price range? Surely you don't want to spend a thousand dollars on lighting just to make your fish look nice.
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Thanks. Just need to figure out the right color. I believe LEDs seem more popular than bulbs now?


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