Anyone have experiences with either of these?
Take this with a grain of salt
(I'm not fond of Coralife products), but you will be much happier with the CSL fixture. I have a CSL prism Pendant and it has worked flawlessly for the last 5 years
I cannot say the same for any Coralife product I have ever owned.
Also would 36w be enough for open brain and other corals?
I'd say your on the low end of the lighting scale (even for a 10), but could probably do open brain, bubble and a few other low light tolerant LPS
and softies. Keeping in mind, LPS
are very difficult (and not recommended) to frag
and they grow quite large