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Old 12-20-2014, 02:10 AM   #1
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Want new lighting shooting for LEDs

So I have a 150 gallon reef it's six foot long . It currently have metal halides and acintics I just bought 8 months ago for 500 bucks . I'm wanting to sell it and buy some LEDs just want to make sure they will grow my coral and isn't too expensive. I just installed a orbit on a friends tank and love the lighting storm and other settings . Anyone have any suggestions I live in central tax and my current light puts out almost 1500w.


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Old 12-20-2014, 02:14 AM   #2
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If you want cheap, you can get eBay 120w dimmable LEDs. You can grow anything under them.


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Any specific brand? And another thing how do you convert watts per gallon with LEDs ?


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Old 12-20-2014, 03:02 AM   #4
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I believe the most common brand is taotronics. But if you search eBay or amazon for "120w dimmable reef LEDs" you'll find them. They cover 2x2 ideally, but if you wanted to hang them a little higher I imagine you could get away with 2. There is no real watts/gal with LEDs, it's more about the power and efficiency of the individual diodes. Quality units usually run 3w LEDs, avoid units using 1w or lower LEDs as they lack the power for higher light species. The above units will allow you to keep anything you'd like though.


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Old 12-20-2014, 03:04 AM   #5
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Old 12-20-2014, 10:05 AM   #6
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You definitely need 3 of those fixtures.
Here you go-
New Dimmable 120W Aquarium Coral Reef Fish Tank White Blue LED Grow Light US | eBay

The Orbit fixture your friend has may have cool features, but it's weak and will not support some corals.
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The LEDs with effects like the lightning storm that can support anything your heart desires end up being expensive. I know Radions can have the effect...I think the AI Sols can as well. Not really familiar with any others. Though I can turn it on, I don't and would rather it never be on. Don't want it freaking the fish out or even the dog.
Still, the LEDs that were already mentioned are great for the price and will grow anything you want that is photosynthetic.
It really all depends on the price range you want for such lights. The Taotronics start it off at the low end and it goes the whole way up into the several hundreds with the Radions and AI lights.
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I also recommend RapidLED for prebuilt or DIY fixtures.


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Mr-X: the lights on your link will grow all corals? I have the biocube 29. In your opinion, would those LED's be a good option for me? Thanks!

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Yes, you can grow whatever you want under them. I've been using them for a few years now. Sure, you could use one for a 29. You'll have to dim it a bit, but it will work fine.
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