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Old 11-06-2011, 08:17 AM   #1
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Nano Reef Lighting

Help! I'm trying to decide on the best lights to get for my tank as they are going to need replacing in a couple of months! Tank is an Interpet ( also sold as Kent) River Reef 94. It takes 2 t5 36w compact fluorescents. When I got the tank it came with 2x daylight blues ( 50/50 daylight/actinic) and 2x blue moon (actinic). It normally has the daylight blues in during the day, an I sometimes swap for the actinics at night if I want to show off what's in there without having to run the main lights.

I'm considering changing the daylight blues for a standard daylight type bulb and running one of those and one of the actinics so I can have the choice without swapping bulbs. Can anyone advise if that's a good idea? Or should I just stick to the 50/50's?

Other option would be to modify the lid for a proper LED setup, which I don't mind doing, but is the gain worth all the effort?



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What type of corals do you have or plan on having? If you are trying to keep it looking stock go with the LED.

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Old 11-06-2011, 08:56 AM   #3
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Currently have GSP, Zoa, Xenia, and Candy Cane. Would like more coral ( or should I say the wife would like more coral!). I don't mind the look of the 50/50 lights, it just seems inflexible to have to have both the daylights and the actinics on together, so thought splitting it to a daylight bulb and an actinic bulb would save the constant bulb changing I have to do !
It does have a set of blue LED built into the hood, but they aren't great really!
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