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Old 03-25-2016, 06:52 PM   #1
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Led recommendations

Okay I'm breaking down my 120 and moving to a smaller (55) tank. Right now I'm running metal halides and I want to switch over to LEDs.

It'll still be a reef tank. Is the rule of 1 watt per gallon correct? Does anyone have any suggestions for an led light that won't break the bank? I don't want a manual dimmer, it needs to be automatic.

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The watt rule doesn't mean much. Usually I'd recommend the taotronics, but they don't have the built in programming. For that you usually need to look towards AI products or maybe radions.


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Look at maxspect Razor units I run them on my full reef and will grow anything
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Back when I ran MH it was more like 3-4 watts per gallon for stony corals. On my deep 300 reef I replaced 1200 watts of MH with 600 watts of LED with lenses. I figure LED can be 2-3 times as powerful as the same wattage of MH. Your mileage may vary.


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Led recommendations

So, would a 60 watt LED setup keep my softies alive?
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Led recommendations

The softies, yes. But the LPS corals may need more. For the length of a 55 I might suggest a pair of 50-60 watt.


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So basically I should be covered with a 120 watter?


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Led recommendations

One single light might not provide wide enough coverage but I don't know your tank dimensions, for example if your 55 is a cube, one light in the middle would work fine.

As to wattage, I like more than too little as most fixtures now have dimming ability. It's easy to reduce output but impossible to get more if the fixture is undersized.
The corals you listed are low to moderate light, so you should be set at 100-120 watts.


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I just got one of the new reef breeders V2 lights. They are kinda pricey compared to the eBay black boxes, but cheaper than the radios and AI sols. They also make up to a 48" fixture to eliminate needing 2 fixtures. I ended up getting the 24" for my 40 breeder and I'm pretty happy with it. It's fully programmable. The first version are cheaper and still very effective with programming as well. The v2s are slot more streamlined and look slot better IMO. SB also makes some really nice lights about the same price too.

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Can you guys tell me what you think of this LED based on what will be relocating to my 55 gallon?
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