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Old 01-07-2013, 08:05 PM   #91
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Na. That's no good. You want something with 2 or 3 watt LEDs. Those aren't even a half watt.
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Old 01-07-2013, 08:06 PM   #92
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Gotcha. Was just looking around trying to come up with some options
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Old 01-07-2013, 10:23 PM   #93
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Also the freshwater application a lot different from Saltwater. You will need at least Royal blue in the LED fixture if not violet so at least provide some spectrum between 350 to 450nm. The so call Violet/purple. I don't think the UV will make a day and nite different but good to have, however most companies don't use them cuz UV are the most expensive LED and UV don't really make a huge different to human eyes so to those casual people that only care about how the tank "looks" won't accept the extra cost on the UV chips
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Old 01-07-2013, 10:44 PM   #94
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Thanks for the update mr X. Still following along. Hoping to get feedback before February, as my girlfriend is going to get me lights. I know that is out of your control though!
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Old 01-08-2013, 12:07 AM   #95
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They have the full spectrum version on ebay and its cheaper, but I still bought the white/blues only.

120W LED Aquarium Lighting Full Spectrum Coral Reef Growing Moonlight Fixture | eBay
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Old 01-08-2013, 05:15 AM   #96
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Reefbreeders is a solid unit in the best bang for your buck category. Its visually pleasing with more colored lights and has a 2 year warranty (all repairs done in the states), which is why i am ok with the extra $30 cost compared to the taotronics. I think its one of the reason behind the price difference. I have some pics on the reefbreeders thread, which reminds me that i need to post pics of my coral under reefbreeders value fixture.

In 5 years we will start seeing crees (or some other similar quality LED) in these chinese fixtures
If my reefbreeders fixture breaks down on me in 5 years, I will still be buying these improved version of the best bang for your buck fixtures

Edit: thanks Frank the aQ LED guy for helping me pick my light
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Old 01-08-2013, 08:24 AM   #97
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I just read through this thread and I too only have 4 bulb t5 HO system. I'm interested in upgrading to these lights but I have a 55 g tank. Would I need two of these systems since it doesn't stretch across the 48"? It only seems like they can be hung. Can anyone find 48" with this system that mounts on top of the tank?

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Buildmyled.com makes ones that can sit on the glass. They also have excellent results and are less than $300 for one 48" but you may need 2 they can help you with that.

I will be going with those. No one I know has complained about them.
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Just been following wanted to say thanks this thread has helped a lot !
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Old 01-08-2013, 11:56 AM   #99
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I've heard from a reliable source that sitting taotronics/reefbreeders on a glass canopy would probably work. Then I heard from another source that it probably would not. Would the light be too intense or not dispersed enough? I cannot hang these lights.
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Thanks Mai ill look into this. I wanted sometime that mounts on the sides because I don't have a glass top at this time. I have the egg crates on the top.
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