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So.. my birthday is Monday and my wife has complained that I haven't given her ideas. I'm pretty interested in LED lights since I'm still using a 600w MH. Any suggestions? what do you/would you use for a 50gal coral reef tank, that has lots of cool colors too display?

I want to do lots of LPS/SPS and only about 3 smaller fish.

Cheers, 

Michael

 

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So.. my birthday is Monday and my wife has complained that I haven't given her ideas. I'm pretty interested in LED lights since I'm still using a 600w MH. Any suggestions? what do you/would you use for a 50gal coral reef tank, that has lots of cool colors too display?
I want to do lots of LPS/SPS and only about 3 smaller fish.
Cheers, 
Michael
 
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In comparison to everything I've used to date the ecotech radions are by far the best fixtures. Easiest setup, theyll grow anything, and they give a great shimmer without too much discoball effect. For me, my xr30 has essentially been a set and forget fixture. I wipe them off with a microfiber while they're off once a week, but it's been running the exact same setting for 8 months now. 

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I run a little of everything: EcoTech, AI, T5, Ocean revives, you name it.
My favorites are T5 (growth) and AI. For example on my next build I made a DIY T5/AI Hydra 26HD light fixture.

When comparing AI to EcoTech, you should remember that 1) they are owned by the same company, 2) AI is controlled over WiFi right out of the box. Radions need either a reef link or an apex to be controlled wireless(extra cost).
Another huge thing for me is Red Sea provides AI products with their tanks and not radions. Most of us refer to Red Sea tanks as the gold standard. Must be a reason the us AI products....

Just my two cents. :)


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Giving us a budget would also help. Cuz some lights a crazy expensive and some aren’t so bad.
Like Ocean revives are super nice and about $200 a pop. Let’s you control two channels even though it’s full spectrum. One would probably cover your tank.

The AI 26 on the other hand is about $350 a pop and you might need two. But it’s controlled over WiFi and has 7 channels of control I think.


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2 hours ago, Paratore said:

Giving us a budget would also help. Cuz some lights a crazy expensive and some aren’t so bad.
Like Ocean revives are super nice and about $200 a pop. Let’s you control two channels even though it’s full spectrum. One would probably cover your tank.

The AI 26 on the other hand is about $350 a pop and you might need two. But it’s controlled over WiFi and has 7 channels of control I think.


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Budgets and I, and this hobby are like an elevator in a 1 story house. I just don't set one anymore. 

Also, I decided after this long 2 weeks, that I'm going to spend the birthday money on a 95gal cube, and look into building/programming an t5/led light.

Cheers!

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Last time I had a budget, I ended up with 2x 300gal Rubbermaid ponds and 1800lbs of rock. 

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Haha totally understand. Personally, I’m going with AI Hydra 26 HDs and T5. Here is what it looks like so far. Not super pretty but it will work and it’s gonna be hidden in a canopy. And it will
Be controlled by my apex
Went with the Hydra 26 because the radions wouldn’t fit between my T5s. 3f08fa30e8b29de1c9b11d4bb64d4b14.jpg3ac6eebd1a541370d1395cf07c1b8f23.jpg


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One radion gen4 pro with diffuser will do the trick! Good luck and Happy bday!

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