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Old 09/03/2017, 10:02 PM   #276
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LED for 30" Deep 50 gal

Looking for advice on a suitable led setup for a 30" Deep 50 gal tall. Can be up to 20"long. I'm thinking of some lps and palys and possible an anemone once the tank matures. What would provide enough light throughout the entire column? Thanks in advance!


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Old 09/04/2017, 07:15 AM   #277
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A 20"x20" tank might look good with a pendant. ReeF-Lab makes a pendant with 50 Cree leds and uses a glass lens so you can focus it down to 24"x24". ReeF-Labs has a webiste and full disclosure, I own one I use over my 24"x24" frag tank and it grows corals very well. If you want to discuss it, you can PM me.

Another option would be one (or two if you want to get crazy) Reef Breeders Photon V2 16" fixture. I have one of these over my 50g cube which is shallower than yours and just a bit bigger (24"x24"x20"). One should do the job even at 30" deep. But two would have you running them at about half power or less but incredible coverage.


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Old 09/07/2017, 04:52 PM   #278
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Good afternoon everyone. After many years i have decided to jump back into the hobby. Its an understatement to say the the equipment has really come a long way. Which leads me to my very novice question (forgive me if its been asked before). I am looking for LED lighting options for my soon to be reef tank which is 48x18x20. I'd like to do fish and soft corals. Amazon has tons of items, and its a bit overwhelming sifting through it all. Does the the old 4 watt per gallon rule still apply?


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Old 09/15/2017, 06:13 AM   #279
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Good afternoon everyone. After many years i have decided to jump back into the hobby. Its an understatement to say the the equipment has really come a long way. Which leads me to my very novice question (forgive me if its been asked before). I am looking for LED lighting options for my soon to be reef tank which is 48x18x20. I'd like to do fish and soft corals. Amazon has tons of items, and its a bit overwhelming sifting through it all. Does the the old 4 watt per gallon rule still apply?
Not at all, leds are a totally different animal.

Any led fixture will work. Over a 20" deep tank the Current Orbit and Marineland fixtures are a bit weak (0.5 watt leds). But any of the others will grow almost any coral.

The issue you need to consider is what features you want to pay for. MarAqua will work fine and they are very inexpensive but have very few features. EcoTech Radions have lots of features and are very expensive (maybe even over priced. Here is a link to a post about the less expensive led fixtures:
http://www.reefcentral.com/forums/sh...&postcount=233


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