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Old 10-15-2013, 05:13 PM   #1361
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A 120 watt panel is overkill for 20 gallons, you would have to keep it dimmed down. A 60-80 watt would be more than enough. But the price might be better on the 120 watt.
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Old 10-15-2013, 05:14 PM   #1362
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And WTH is up with the prices? supermart168 has the 'full spectrum' units for $135, but the straight blue/whites for almost double. Other blue/white Taotronics are available for $170-ish.

Just when I was getting ready to pull the trigger, dangnabbit.
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I've seen the dimmable panels for $129 delivered.
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Old 10-15-2013, 05:17 PM   #1364
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Any suggestions on affordable 60-80 watt panels? I don't see any made by Taotronics (or clones). There are "big name" units that have corresponding big prices. I'm only a few minutes into my search, so hopefully I'll come across something.
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Old 10-15-2013, 05:22 PM   #1365
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I use to sell smaller panels, but don't anymore as the market got flooded with inexpensive LEDs.

The Taotronics units are cheap, but seem reliable. And they can sure grow coral, in fact they are over powered for some folks, but the dimmers make them usable.
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Old 10-15-2013, 05:31 PM   #1366
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I would be concerned with the 165. It's probably really a 120. They are just multiplying 55x 3watts. When they are usually 3watt LEDs that are actually driven a little over 2 watts ea. I don't believe anyone pushes a full 3 watts through a 3 watt led.

As for full spectrum or not that is up to you. I'm quite happy with just the blue/white panels. Colors still pop(thanks to the blues). If you go blue/white I would recommend the 30blue/25white panels.
Right. I understand the 165w are run at 2 watts and some change...but I should have clarified my earlier question as I was looking to see if anyone had these "165w" fixtures. These panels have an led color configuration that is a bit different from the "120w" fixtures. Just looking to see if the violet/"uv" leds at 420nm in the 165w panels are making any noticeable difference in the color of the tank/corals.
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Mr_X can chime in, but, no, the "UV" diodes make no difference.
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I have some RapidLED Onyx fixtures with a few red, green and "UV" LEDs. The colors are a bit warmer than my tank with the Taotronics type panels, both look good and both grow coral. Earlier in this thread we had a exhausting discussion on the differences and it came down to a matter of preference, the corals don't care.
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Old 10-15-2013, 05:42 PM   #1369
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And WTH is up with the prices? supermart168 has the 'full spectrum' units for $135, but the straight blue/whites for almost double. Other blue/white Taotronics are available for $170-ish. Just when I was getting ready to pull the trigger, dangnabbit.
Strange. I knew he raised the price of the black case units but now the white ones too. Glad I got them when I did.
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I have some RapidLED Onyx fixtures with a few red, green and "UV" LEDs. The colors are a bit warmer than my tank with the Taotronics type panels, both look good and both grow coral. Earlier in this thread we had a exhausting discussion on the differences and it came down to a matter of preference, the corals don't care.
Right exactly. I was just wondering if anyone had pics to show what color the "UV" LEDs create.
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