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Old 01-15-2014, 09:43 PM   #1
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Lighting a 120 gallon LONG 5ft tank!

I only have a $200 dollar limit! I am buying a light Friday and this is what I was looking at. I am not doing corals or anything, but I saw some 55 gallon tanks light up with the 48in version of this light and it seems to do what I would want in terms of how bright I want my tank. What are your thoughts?

T5 Quad 60" Timer Aquarium Light Marine Coral Reef Cichlid LED 320W Odyssea | eBay

I like the blue LED's for a night time effect for about an hour before full shut off.

I am also adding a 48in LED lighting system I already have. So both lights will be running, with the 48in turning on and off with a normal timer. Do you think this combination will give me the desired brightness I am looking for? This is my tank right now with the LED lighting system I will install on the 120 gallon as well.



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P.S. I know I got a yellow tang in a 55 and a yellow eye tang and a Lunar Wrasse. That is why I am upgrading to the 120 long! It's all I can afford and it will get them out of the cramp space into something bigger and healthier for them!
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For a FOWLR tank this should work just fine. It won't do much for coral, especially since the bulbs are individually reflected.
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T5 will need new bulbs here and there led will never need replacing but I have had 2 marineland LED 250$ each break down now only half the lights work on 1 and the other one doesn't even turn on and I'm stuck with it so I say T5 for sure at least if something happens it can be replaced
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Good quality LED units are far superior both to lifespan and PAR output of T5s. LEDs do have to be replaced though. Most are rated in the 10-20,000 hour range so they last a long time.

If an LED unit breaks down it can often be an easy fix to get them going again. Something like a faulty potentiometer or blown power supply can cause the issue.
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Old 01-25-2014, 02:07 AM   #5
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I went ahead and got this light.

T5 Quad 60" Timer Aquarium Light Marine Coral Reef Cichlid LED 320W Odyssea | eBay

It's more than enough and I honestly can't believe I was worried. This light had solved all my problems, and according to some it will grow some coral if I choose to down the road. It will not grow coral that need a high output light, but it will grow some soft coral that just needs basic lighting.

The only reason I didn't go with LED's is because I don't know which ones to get. I asked for suggestions, but no one listed any. :-p
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