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Getting back into it, question about lighting.


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    Default Getting back into it, question about lighting.

    Hello, I got out of the hobby for awhile due to moving around, among other unforeseen incidents. I am going to get back into the swing of things but at a much smaller size than my original 120g. I plan on doing a 40-50g breeder tank but I am wondering about lighting. I have about a $600 budget so I want to get the most bang for my buck. I was looking at the Aqua Illumination Hydra FiftyTwo HD.
    Aqua Illumination Hydra FiftyTwo HD

    I would just buy one of these but I am wondering if it will have the spread I want for LPS and SPS that I want to put in the tank as well as an Anemone.

    My other option would be, Dimmable Onyx by Rapid LED
    Dimmable Onyx by Rapid LED - Rapid LED and I would get two of these.

    I like the features that the AI comes with but am worried about having the necessary lighting.

    What would your guys opinions be? Is there a different set of led lights that would be the better buy?

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    what are the size dimensions of the tank?

    I was on a budget too and bought a used 60 cube with sump and purchased this light from galaxy hydro on amazon for $150 and you can control it from an APP on your phone via Wifi direct. You can dim it by switches but program it fully from your phone so it worked perfect on a budget. I have over 25+ sps in my tank currently and everything is growing great. I just slowly ramp the lighting up (max i have at right now from noon-2pm is 80% blue 60% white) and ramp it back down for a sunset. My tank is 24x24 though so if you want a little bit longer tank you may need two of them.

    http://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B...ilpage_o01_s04

    Quote Originally Posted by dumbderk View Post
    Hello, I got out of the hobby for awhile due to moving around, among other unforeseen incidents. I am going to get back into the swing of things but at a much smaller size than my original 120g. I plan on doing a 40-50g breeder tank but I am wondering about lighting. I have about a $600 budget so I want to get the most bang for my buck. I was looking at the Aqua Illumination Hydra FiftyTwo HD.
    Aqua Illumination Hydra FiftyTwo HD

    I would just buy one of these but I am wondering if it will have the spread I want for LPS and SPS that I want to put in the tank as well as an Anemone.

    My other option would be, Dimmable Onyx by Rapid LED
    Dimmable Onyx by Rapid LED - Rapid LED and I would get two of these.

    I like the features that the AI comes with but am worried about having the necessary lighting.

    What would your guys opinions be? Is there a different set of led lights that would be the better buy?

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    Is it $600 for lights, or for the whole build? I was always a DIY LED guy but recently I picked up a NanoBoxReef fixture and love it. You would need a Duo for your proposed build, so it would not be cheap.

    Tom

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    Most SPS guys don't seem to be happy with LEDs when you talk with them.

    The one hydra should be fine for a 50 breeder with LPS and zoas/softies. Aquascaping will have some impact on lighting since there will be some shadowing with a single light fixture.

    BTW- Glad to see you getting back in! Where do I get more of the zoas I used to get from you?

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    If you go with the dimmable onyx, I have one for sale for $150. I'm currently using 2 over a frag tank. Let me know ow if you are interested.
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    I decided on going with A JBJ rimless 45g. The tank dimensions are 26.5" x 21" x 19. I bought a tank and stand from Preuss Pets last night. I wanted to stick with an in sump protein skimmer to get the best quality of water so I am having them remove the hardware basically the back panel and i'm putting two overflows in the top corners so I can have them drain into the sump I will be putting below the tank.

    I am still debating on lighting. Led's seemed to work for me really well in the past for growing pretty much everything, I mean the sps didnt grow as fast as others but it did what I wanted, I mainly want high end corals that move quite a bit in this tank so im really lookin at lps, zoas, a few acros, maybe a clam and an anemone.

    And as for the zoas I use to sell Jim, I think my friend might still have a few actually, I will contact him and see if he still has some that I can get and I can try to get some for you and I definitely want to propagate them in the new tank as well.
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    I'm running a Radion Gen3 on my 40B 36x18x16. At 11" from surface I'm getting great coverage. All LPS & Zoas mid to low level are doing great. High up SPS are doing great. I'm only at 41% max intensity
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    @dumbderk that's the same tank I'm running.... I love it but mine is stock. I started off with one Kessil and recently added a second to eliminate some shadows to give more places for corals. SPS guys don't seem to like the Kessil, but they seem to grow zoas and other corals I'm keeping well.

    Yeah I would like to get those zoas again. I barely remember what they look like...only that they were sweet and you weren't around to get them from any more.

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    The hydra 52 will be more than enough light for that size tank. I use the hydra 26 and have a full blown sps reef and everything grows and keeps color wonderfully.

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