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Need some replacement lighting help.

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So to keep things short my old light (Orbit USA Pro something or the other) broke, salt corroded a wire and I was not able to make a lasting repair on it. I'm trying to find some cheap lighting I can get away with for my ~2 foot cube (Reefer Nano) and I really just want to keep what I already have alive, all softies right now. Ideally I could keep some higher light requirement stuff towards the top of my tank but I'm looking for cheap not perfect. I don't really have a hard price limit, but around $150 is what I am trying to find. I've looked at T5 setups but the price of bulbs and need to replace them relatively often turns me off to them.

Any advice appreciated.

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Is black box just a generic name for Chinese LED fixtures? I looked at those but wasn't sure if they would be okay or just trash. 

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Some people swear by them (black boxes) and others don't...I do! Especially if all you have are softies at the moment. It'll even grow sps! Just make sure you get a black box with full spectrum. I now run a Reefi light in my display and black boxes over my sump and frag tank.
To each is own, tho...

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I've had great luck with black boxes too. You have to careful not to blast your corals with too much light though with that size tank


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I upgraded from black boxes to Ocean Revives.  I do feel the ocean revives do a better job and yet are still a great value.

I rarely claim facts but here goes:

Fact:  There are a number of extremely nice tanks you can visit in the PNWMAS area running Ocean Revives.

That is what swayed me finally after all these years.  Guess I can be a bit stubborn :)

 

 

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Thanks for all the replies everyone, I'm probably gonna go with a "black box" since it seems like they aren't just trash and will get me by fine for now. Or if I can find a used Ocean Revive or a used AI prime but I'm not expecting much on those fronts.

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4 hours ago, Sean.G said:

Thanks for all the replies everyone, I'm probably gonna go with a "black box" since it seems like they aren't just trash and will get me by fine for now. Or if I can find a used Ocean Revive or a used AI prime but I'm not expecting much on those fronts.

Used AI Primes are available on Nano-Reef & Reef2Reef all the time. I personally would avoid Black boxes myself, Ocean Revive is known for results but they have a name therefore they are not a typical no name black box.

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Ended up getting a viparspectra brand black box off amazon was only $129 and has an average review score of 4.5 with around 100 reviews so I am pretty hopeful its a decent setup. Thanks for the advice everyone.  Arrives next Monday.

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