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Old 02-10-2013, 11:57 AM   #1
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What kind of lighting do you use?

Hey peeps!

I went down to my LFS yesterday and noticed something interesting. I saw that they were growing coral with a 300 watt lamp. It was the kind that clips onto the frame of the tank. It was a spot light sort of.

Does anyone use a setup like this?
I'd like to get a lighting thread going cause I wanna get as much advice about the different sorts of setups for salt and freshwater.

Thanks all!
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Old 02-10-2013, 12:11 PM   #2
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It was probably a clip on Metal halide which can grow anything. I own 3 175w MH pendants and a 36" 6 bulb t5 TEK elite for my saltwater and a dual bulb coralife t5 for my freshwater.
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Old 02-10-2013, 03:00 PM   #3
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It was probably a clip on Metal halide which can grow anything. I own 3 175w MH pendants and a 36" 6 bulb t5 TEK elite for my saltwater and a dual bulb coralife t5 for my freshwater.
Actually it was a LED light! But I'm thinking of getting one for my planted setup. I just haven't really looked into them. Do you know of any good clip on HO lighting?
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300W LED WOW, that is a lot~!! To me as long as the PAR is enough and Spectrum is correct, it is more than enough. Anything more than it is waste of energy and overkill
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I'm pretty certain at 300W it's a halide clip. I have (not in use- YET) a 400W blue spec HVO clamp on metal halide lamp and a 600W hanging red spec hanging reflector box light- these would be overkill in a normal tank situation- I'm involved in aquaponics and trust me- you don't want a normal sized tank anywhere near these, algae growth is a guarantee. Here are my tank light set ups.
10g fully planted- t8 flora max fluorescent in hood plus a marine land double bright led with moonlight blues
30g Hospital- incandescent hood
29g BioCube- 10000K 36W full daylight compact fluorescent (coralife) and .03 true blue 36W actinic, plus moonlight blue led.
All other mini tanks are unlit/ lit by desktop HO fluorescent compacts...
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Old 02-11-2013, 01:46 PM   #6
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I'm positive the guy at my LFS said it was an LED. Maybe he was wrong?
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I'm positive the guy at my LFS said it was an LED. Maybe he was wrong?
A 300W LED would be a very, very, very intense light.

Let me put it into perspective. A Finnex Ray2 48 inch fixture (which is enough light to grow even very demanding plants) uses around 40 Watts. Or think about it this way. LEDs use usually around 1/10th the wattage of an incandescent and are as bright as 3 T5s. So it would be as powerful as a 3000W Incandescent or a 900W T5. Haha

I'm assuming it was a Halide
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Old 02-11-2013, 06:57 PM   #8
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Haha perhaps it was a halide. It was a very nice looking setup. I want something like it.

What's a good fixture to run on a planted fw? I'm looking for something reliable and affordable.

Is metal halide too much light for planted tanks?
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I don't believe they make a 300 watt metal halide for reef aquaria use. It would be a plant spectrum...something like this-
54298 Sylvania 300 Watt metal halide, double ended, 5700K, Baby SharXS lamp series- HTI 300W/D5/57 BABY SHARXS

As you can see by the price and spectrum, it's all wrong for this hobby.

I have seen many LED pendants though, of all different wattages. 300 would be a bit rediculous. I have an 8 foot tank and use 480 watts over the entire thing, and it's very potent.
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Forgive my lack of knowledge of the subject, but what is pendant? Does it beef up current lifting parameters or does it light up a whole tank all on its own? Would it be something that would be appropriate for my freshwater planted tank?
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