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Old 09-21-2014, 05:40 PM   #1
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I'm thinking to move to LED lights for my 65 reef tank. Can anyone give me a hand on which brand, power and spectrum to chose? I would like to start keeping some SPS corals among my LPS.

The tank is RSM250 if dimensions are needed.


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Old 09-21-2014, 08:20 PM   #2
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I use a Maxspect razor which I find to be about perfect for a 36" tank. I also like that I can use stands instead of hanging kits. I'd recommend you checking the out.


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Old 09-21-2014, 09:06 PM   #3
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The taotronic LEDs would be a nice fit over the tank. One can cover 2ft of tank. They are the cheapest you can find on the market and will keep anything you want under them that is photosynthetic.
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First off, asking for opinions on LEDs on the internet will almost always start a fight between two or more people because everyone has a very strong opinion. But, I have personally found the Intellisun and RapidLED both make very high watt, high PAR structures. Over my 48" 55 reef build I use two 170W Intellisun Ceruleans, but I can't have them at full power. At full power they would bleach out any coral. They're growing LPS, Softies (Zoas, Mushrooms, Palys, Xenia), Leathers, A Blue Maxima Clam, and SPS (Montipora, Plating Monti) and the exact lights that I am using (I bought them used from my LFS) have grown Acro.

These lights have Blue, Purple, and White LEDs. They all are adjustable 1-100%, and the max my LFS had them on when they grew the Acro was:
Blue: 100%
Purple: 100%
White: 10%
I think these LEDs would be a good choice for you, but they're expensive. Don't get me wrong, it is worth it and you don't want to cheap out on it. The only LEDs that I think would be a bad idea that are claimed to be "reef capable" are Marineland LEDs, and Current USAs Orbit Marine LEDs. Of course it depends on what you're growing. For just softies and maybe a couple LPS you could use the Orbits, but they won't grow SPS. I hope this helped!
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I don't know about fighting over lighting choices, but I'm willing to offer some experience with some of the cheaper units, like the ones mentioned by Hank. The important factor is money- how much are you willing to spend? You can do this for a thousand dollars, and you can do this for a couple hundred, Both of which will grow corals just fine.
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Old 09-22-2014, 11:42 AM   #6
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I use ReefBreeders Photon series lighting. Has a controller, the company stands behind the product with a warranty of a year.

Easy to program, saw a huge difference in growth and lighting. Highly recommend it for a person on a budget.
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Old 09-22-2014, 11:58 AM   #7
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. The important factor is money- how much are you willing to spend? You can do this for a thousand dollars, and you can do this for a couple hundred, Both of which will grow corals just fine.

Really what it comes down to
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I purchased one of these last night. They come with pretty good reviews from people on this forum. We'll see what happens.

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Wow! Lots of answers! Hanks for sharing your experience, but there is one thing which I still don't know.
LEDA lights has to be as powerful as T5 or halide lights? I mean, 2-3 watts per liter or less?

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Wow! Lots of answers! Hanks for sharing your experience, but there is one thing which I still don't know.
LEDA lights has to be as powerful as T5 or halide lights? I mean, 2-3 watts per liter or less?

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No you want efficient LEDs, they're usually the higher wattage LEDs but not necessarily. Ingy broke it down very well to me in a pm, I'll see if I can copy and paste it here

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Sorry, I forgot to mention the biggest factor, efficiency. Fluval LEDs are about 44 lumen per watt. That is a very low efficiency.
Tao LEDs are using Cree LEDs which exceed 120 lum per watt.
So 39x44=1716 lum
120x120=14400 lum
That makes the quality led unit 8.4 times as bright. 3 times for the wattage and almost 3 times for the efficiency. Nothing for the size of the bulbs.
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