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Old 08-23-2012, 09:16 PM   #1
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LED or T5 lighting?


So im just looking at different lights for my soon to be reef aquarium, will be cycling shortly, what is the difference between t5 lighting and LED? is one better than the other? which would you prefer?thanks
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Old 08-23-2012, 09:44 PM   #2
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What kind of coral? what's your budget like? Is this your first tank? Can you please give a little more info on what your goals for your tank will be?
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Old 08-23-2012, 10:06 PM   #3
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I love my LEDs the one thing I wish I would have done different is build my own instead of buy my marine land. I know I'm limited to what corals I can put in but I'm ok with that for now.
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Old 08-23-2012, 10:19 PM   #4
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well i was looking around 500 dollar range, soft corals i guess? havnt really determined. It is my first tank. 90 gallon with 30 gallon sump, and i just want a reef in my tank with a few fish
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Old 08-23-2012, 10:23 PM   #5
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Ecotech Marine radion Xr30w LED lights are really good. Little pricey but I've seen them in person and what they do. They are USB and you download software to them. You can do lighting storms or cloudy days... Morning light... They are really cool. I need 3 of them... Saving my pennies.
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Old 08-23-2012, 10:42 PM   #6
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They are very nice but Im not really lookin to spend 1500 on 2 of them, know of anything a little less pricey?
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Old 08-23-2012, 10:44 PM   #7
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AI SOL is the comparable fixture. best way to do it is DIY with dimmer. If you want all the sunrise sunset and storm features, either use a DIY kit with PWM drivers and an arduino, or go the AI sol or Radion route.
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Old 08-23-2012, 10:49 PM   #8
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I own the radion fixture and it is quite good. If you are just looking to start out with soft corals you should be fine with a t5 fixture. you can diy them or buy a setup. check a local reef shop. most people are trading in a lot of t5's and metal halide setups for leds. can score a good deal on some nice fixtures. pretty much any of them work as it is more the bulbs you use than the ballasts.
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Old 08-24-2012, 09:14 AM   #9
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Okay I'll see what I can find, would I need 2 of the radion for my 90 gallon? I would like to buy them but not right now, little to much for me
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Old 08-24-2012, 09:32 AM   #10
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I am still using t5 for a 90 dt...I can grow anything...I have seen some very nice LED, but cannot justify the price...A good 6 bulb 48" unit from ATI or Sunpower is affordable, has great reflectors and looks great on the tank. I do believe led is getting better and more affordable, and maybe in a few years I will switch, but not yet.
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Old 08-24-2012, 10:46 AM   #11
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My main reason for going wiTh LEDs is less heat. Being here in Florida with the ac running I don't need a chiller.
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Old 08-24-2012, 11:01 AM   #12
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I have a chiller (well its on it's way) but the LEDs are just so expensive
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Old 08-24-2012, 01:50 PM   #13
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I do agree with that. Lol I'm looking at 2100$ for mine. I don't want china garbage... So yes... The good ones are $$$$
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Old 08-24-2012, 02:48 PM   #14
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You bought a chiller before you even put water in your tank? And you haven't even mentioned considering metal halide? That's a pricey piece of equipment that you probably won't need. Take it back and get your LEDs lol
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Old 08-24-2012, 02:57 PM   #15
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its more of a precaution, im still reading up on lights..which ones are better, is more light better? is metal halide good?
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