“Best” black box spectrum wise?

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I’m currently using one light time tunnel black box over my 92g corner tank. I chose light time tunnel because the lense angle is 120 degrees and the fixture is a bit longer then most- and lighting a corner tank is more difficult. I have the light turned all the way up and everything is growing great but the light is just too white.

As far as color, I realized there are only 4 royal blue led on this unit and mostly 470nm blues.
I was thinking if getting 2 vipar spectras which seem to have a lot more royal blue. And having 2 fixtures I can have better control over the light since I won’t be turning them all the way up. Will swapping to 2 vipar spectras work better as far as giving the coral more pop? Or is there a better option? Also I am not planning on any “high end” lights because growth wise the black box has been great.
Thanks for the advice!
 
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I recently switched to ViparSpectras from a different black box and the spectrum is much better than I have seen with other black boxes out there.
 

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I just put a 300W Vipar Spectra (essentially like 2 of the smaller VS lights in one fixture) on my 36" tank about a month ago (my first LED). Spectrum and intensity are great, but there was significant shadowing so I swapped half of the original 90* lenses with 120* lenses and that seems to have helped a lot (but spread is still not as good as my T5 setup was).
 
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My Visparspectra 4 years now, just transfer to my upgrade.
Have grown everything well, including maxima and acros.
Running stock, no changes,
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Thanks for the replies. @Uncle99 nice looking tank! I think what I will do is go with 2 viparspectras and place them next to each other. Lighting a corner tank is not the easiest. Thanks for the help everyone!
 
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Since this is going onto a 92g corner tank which measures 48" x 34" x 24" would I be okay with a single 300w fixture or better off going with (2) 165W lights? I am afraid if I use the single 300w light the front and back of the tank will be shadowed. With (2) 165W lights I can fit them aiming front to back side by side (if this makes sense). I just don't want to deal with shadowing which is why I have always been cautious with lenses especially 90 degrees.

Thanks again!
 
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