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Old 05-18-2011, 06:43 AM   #11
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in the long run the LEDs would be cheaper t he inicial cost no
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Old 05-18-2011, 07:58 AM   #12
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I was also under the impression that T5 bulbs have to be replaced around 4 months.
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Old 05-18-2011, 09:44 AM   #13
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Hi Guys

Costs aside

Which is better for my coral ???

Plus should I change bulbs every 4 months

Thanks
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Old 05-18-2011, 10:11 AM   #14
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The AI Sol Blue's are the way to go if have the funds. You would be looking at (average) between $500 and $600 per 12" unit. You can get one with a controller and daisy chain others to it. With that controller, you can adjust to any color temp you want. You also get your choice of optics which are interchangable as well. I personally do not have them yet on my 75 due to the baby but I will. I have seen these set up on numerous tanks and can't wait to get them. There are cheaper LED fixtures out there but most don't have any options to them. Or timers for that matter.
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I have the AI SOl Blues and I love them. They're worth every penny for me.

AI recommends that you use one pod per 12" of tank but I am using 2 on a 48" tank. The four would be if you want an acro tank or something.

The especially nice thing about the AI's is that you can always add more later, the upfront cost of lighting only has to be what you can afford.
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Old 05-18-2011, 10:28 AM   #16
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I have the AI SOl Blues and I love them. They're worth every penny for me.

AI recommends that you use one pod per 12" of tank but I am using 2 on a 48" tank. The four would be if you want an acro tank or something.

The especially nice thing about the AI's is that you can always add more later, the upfront cost of lighting only has to be what you can afford.
Mine is 48" as well. I will start with two and bump it up to four when I can afford it. If it wasnt for the center brace, I would just get three.
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I ordered two sol modules with the intention of later adding two more...perhaps I can wait longer?

Like I said, the T5's have been good to my 29 gallon.
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I ordered two sol modules with the intention of later adding two more...perhaps I can wait longer?


Like I said, the T5's have been good to my 29 gallon.

Don't wait if you can. What size tank are you putting the Sol Blue's on? If it's that 29, you don't need that many.

T5's are great. I'm using 6 over my 75. Two of which being overdriven by icecap 660 ballast. Replacing the bulbs just once a year is pushing it. I replace mine around the 6 month mark. Once that spectrum starts to fade and change, that's normally when algae shows it's face.
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It's a 48" 72 gal bowfront. I want to see how the whites are as I may order the other two in blues.
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It's a 48" 72 gal bowfront. I want to see how the whites are as I may order the other two in blues.
You should have checked them out somewhere before ordering. I have seen both and the ones that got the whites wish that they got the blues instead. I agree that the blues had a better look to them. The whites seemed to wash out everything. Thats just my opinion though.
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