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Old 06-22-2014, 11:01 AM   #1
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TaoTronics light question.

Starting to think about upgrading to LEDs. I have heard great things about these lights. Question is, is one panel enough for a 36" tank or should I get 2?
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Old 06-22-2014, 11:16 AM   #2
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Each panel covers a 24" square area. You would need two if you don't want 6"+ of shadowing on each side.
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Unless you hang it pretty high up. If you don't mind it about 2 feet above your tank, it will light the entire thing. The fixture is rectangular, so it will cover more long ways than it will width-wise, but it will not be 100% effective on the outer edges. You could put lower light stuff on the outer edges and sps towards the center.
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Ok thanks, think I will need a bigger canopy to raise it to at least 12". I will try one, if I'm not happy I will get another down the road. Those t5 get super hot!! For a 130 bucks you can't beat them!!!
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Ok thanks, think I will need a bigger canopy to raise it to at least 12". I will try one, if I'm not happy I will get another down the road. Those t5 get super hot!! For a 130 bucks you can't beat them!!!

Uh-oh, you're paying $130 for a Tao panel right now? The eBay ones are going for <$100 at the moment!
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I keep one over my 48" tank
it's about 10" off the surface and covers almost the whole tank except about 3" on either side ,
it's pretty well lite and my coral seems to do well

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the single light gives me enough light for softie's and LPS
but if you wanted to keep SPS you would need the second light


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I have two of them in my 55. Great lights.


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Thanks folks. Payday I'm ordering them.


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I have 2 above my 48"x24" 75gal they're about 6-8" above the water Click image for larger version

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