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Best lighting setup for 75 gallon tank


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    christo829 - Reefkeeper CR Member
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    Default Best lighting setup for 75 gallon tank

    Hello all!

    Iam looking for some advice on upgrading the lighting in my 75 gallon reef system...currently i have two

    T5 HO bulbs which have been great, but im ready to move up! Any suggestions would be appreciated!

    (Think all types of corals ) Thanks!

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    Do you have a budget?

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    AI Sol super blue (not sure the of your tank). I'm thinking 2 modules for a standard 75. This is what I rock on the big reef and I keep a ton of sps. Gotta be careful when you fist set them up. I started at 30% on all 3 colors and upped it 10% a week till I was at 100% then I moved them closer to my water (they are 15 inches from the surface now). Pricy yes, but I never have to buy bulbs... And the whole set up only uses like 80watts or something crazy like that
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    140 watts at 100% on all channels or something like that...

    I was gonna suggest the AIs but wanted to see his/her budget 1st.

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    I'm going to tag along I also need to do some lighting updates on my 75
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    I switched from 2x250w MH and 2x140w VHO to two AI Sol Blues and their controller for my 60" 100G reef and could not be happier.
    I mounted the fixtures 12" above the waterline and running parallel with the tank rather than perpendicular and the coverage is great, no dark spots and plenty of overlap. Best of all with my lighting schedule my Kill A Watt EZ meter says the lights should now only cost me $40 a year to operate versus the $25 a month or more for the old setup!

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    christo829 - Reefkeeper CR Member
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    Quote Originally Posted by thepanfish View Post
    Do you have a budget?
    Hello! Budget-wise i m getting a decent bonus at me job so im thinking around $850-900 tops...thanks for ll the help!!!!

    ---------- Post added at 02:07 AM ---------- Previous post was at 02:04 AM ----------

    - Btw, i was looking at the Aquatic life G12 HID light fixture set up...anyone out there have this??? Thanks again to all with their responses!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by christo829 View Post
    Hello! Budget-wise i m getting a decent bonus at me job so im thinking around $850-900 tops...thanks for ll the help!!!!

    ---------- Post added at 02:07 AM ---------- Previous post was at 02:04 AM ----------

    - Btw, i was looking at the Aquatic life G12 HID light fixture set up...anyone out there have this??? Thanks again to all with their responses!!!
    Get twin 250w Lumenarc Reflectors running on a Galaxy Dual Ballasts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thepanfish View Post
    Get twin 250w Lumenarc Reflectors running on a Galaxy Dual Ballasts.
    Based On the advanatages of going with LED I would think that its a better way to go.Operational cost savings alone would be considerable

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