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Old 12-03-2010, 07:53 PM   #11
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There is no best. There are good fixtures made using a variety of lighting methods. T5HO are currently popular, but like PC before them, will probably give way to LED in the near future. MH with either PC or T5 is another popular option.

Even with LEDs the landscape is changing from the 1w to 3w LEDs.
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Old 12-06-2010, 10:46 AM   #12
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I haven't seen any of the LED's (lunar lights) with 3w only the 1w so far. I am looking at one possiblity (72in 12x39w AquaticLife T5 light fixture w/6 leds.
6 - 36" T5 39w Actinic/blue lamps
6 - 36" T5 39w 10K Lamps
6 - 1W Lunar LED's.
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(4) 36" T5 HO 39W 420/460 Lamps
(3) G12 150W HID 700+ Lamp
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Take a look at the reefbrite lineup. They use 3W LEDs. I don't think that they sell 72" fixtures but you could double-up the 36" ones.

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3w LEDs are a bit bright for moonlight unless you are dimming them.
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Light Fixtures for SW (Brand Names)

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Most people shoot for 3-5W per gallon. The wattage for the T5 bulbs is on the bulb. I think that the length of bulbs you would need for a 150 or 180 would be around 72" and those are around 80W per bulb.
I have finally made my decession the tank is a 180 RR measurements are"
72X24X24.
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So then the 6 - 1watts (LEDS) would be to much for moon light settings?
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Very true. Sorry, I was thinking about lighting the entire tank with LEDs. For just moonlights you won't want anything other than 1W LEDs and you wouldn't need more than 10-12 of them for moonlights.

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