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Old 02-24-2015, 01:07 AM   #1
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New lights needed

So my Coralife T5 HO lights went out and I was wondering what LED lights out there would be good to replace the T5 and get same if not better quality?

I saw aqueon modular LED light at local pet store but I am not sure if this would be good enough. I only have 1 coral at this moment so I do not need anything too fancy and have a budget to work with as well so any help would be great

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Old 02-24-2015, 10:04 AM   #2
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I have the Tao LED knockoffs from eBay. They are inexpensive and work well. Just looked really quick, but around $80obo. These look close to mine, but mine are black and buttons are up top.



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How many bulbs are we replacing here? I agree with the taotronics fixture, as it can keep anything photosynthetic under it and covers 2 ft of tank. Just have to make sure to properly acclimate the new lighting as LEDs penetrate water much better than bulbs. I nuked hundreds of dollars worth of coral when I upgraded my 4 bulb t5ho to radions.


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I had a two bulb T5 and the whole unit went out. My tank is 2 feet deep so this would work then? And I had one zoanthid colony that is probably not alive anymore since the lights have been out for a week.

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Things might be ok. What size of tank is this? The taotronics would be the cheapest route, but I think a PAR38 bulb would be a better fit for such a tank. Going from 2 bulbs to high powered LEDs would be like going from a dark room outside on a bright sunny day.
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It is a 56 gallon tank

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Oh. Then I would go for the taotronics LEDs all the way. One covers 2 ft of tank and a 56 should be the same length as a 55 so 2 units would cover it.


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