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Old 01-26-2015, 01:04 PM   #1
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Lighting help

After 15 years of VHO`s I`m ready for a change. Anyone have suggestions on what I should graduate to on my lighting. Anyone have any suggestions on lighting deals that are out there. Kind of lost touch with the lighting scene and need help. I have a 6 foot tank and about 24 inches deep. Thanks for the help.
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For your reef tank? What do you want out of the lights, just the basics (on/off) or the extras (multi channels, ramp up/down, etc)? And what's your budget?


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I`m thinking LED`s would cost too much. Maybe some MH`s. Timer and ON/OFF. Basics I guess. I`m thinking about 700.00.
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What about those tao panels everyone is talking about on fleabay?

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I have two bars across the tank that will probably leave a shaded area.
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The Taos would definitely be a good option for you, 3 will cover your tank and come in at half your budget. Esch covers a 2'x2' area, and it will save a ton of money when it comes time to replace those mh bulbs. And the cross braces won't be a problem with them either as one will cover each section.


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3 of these-
New Dimmable 120W Aquarium Coral Reef Fish Tank White Blue LED Grow Light US | eBay

or 3 of these-
165W Dimmable Full Spectrum LED Aquarium Light Marine Reef Coral Fish Tank Lamp | eBay
will work perfectly for you.
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Doug, You think those will do fine in my tank. I`m kind of looking to upgrade my lighting so you are saying that three of them should be better than what I have now?
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Absolutely. You'll never have to replace lamps again, plus these are much more powerful than what you have. Wait till you see them over your tank. I'm confident you will be impressed.
You just need to decide between the full spectrum or the blue and whites. I prefer the blue and whites, but many prefer the full spectrum. I don't like the pink look some of them create. I suppose this is because of the red LEDs in them. The ones I posted only have 2 reds, so they may be ok.
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I guess I`ll have to find a way to hang them over the tank. Thanks everyone for your posts. I think I`ll go with Doug`s suggestion. Never thought I`d be able to have LED`s. Again thanks.
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