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Old 04-30-2012, 08:27 PM   #1
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Lighting for Reef Tank?

I have a 110 gallon acryllic tank. Im planning to go reef with this tank but it'd be a casual upgrade to reef. Im trying to decide between two 4 bulb 60" t5 fixtures or one 60" halide fixture. The tank is 24" tall and i feel like halides would be overkill especially since the fixture has 3 bulbs. Im also afraid it would slowly melt away the top of my tank since a majoriry of it is covered. Which one seems like a better choice?
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Old 04-30-2012, 09:07 PM   #2
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I would go with at least 6 T5s, or Those dimmable LED fixtures on ebay.
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Old 04-30-2012, 09:32 PM   #3
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I like LED's just not the initial cost ha. I know youre the big tank pro Mr. X, how good are the led's?
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Old 04-30-2012, 09:44 PM   #4
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The ones I have are working well. They were cheap ($160.00 a piece shipped). I'm no pro but the PAR meter doesn't lie and the corals are growing and are very colorful. That's proof enough for me.
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Thats not bad at all. Whats the spread of the lights like?
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They don't have any optics, so the spread is pretty wide. I would say that of a halide (2' x 2'), maybe a little more on the long end since it's more rectangular.
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Sounds like a fantastic deal to me then. Do you have a link to the leds or a brand name?
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Old 04-30-2012, 11:21 PM   #8
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These are the ones I have:
Aquarium Coral Reef Tank black Blue LED Grow Light 120W | eBay

And the dimmable ones:
1 PCS Free shipping New Dimmable 120w led aquarium light for marine coral reef | eBay
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Old 04-30-2012, 11:56 PM   #9
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Are these the lights you use on your in wall?
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Yes. The first link. The ones that aren't dimmable.
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