Have you considered Orphek to do the bulk of your lighting? The Amazonas or even the Atlantiks will allow you to use fewer fixtures (fewer cords and power supplies!) and not sacrific performance.
I am surprised you did not go with the Straton's? Was it the cost or the need for them to be closer to the water surface (and thus not concealable) that ruled them out?
I am pretty sure it was your thread where I noticed them first, and after researching them, I have 5 of them on order for my build.
The Stratons were sold out everywhere when I did lighting test. So by default they got eliminated. Lol smh.
I did light trails on a just about every combo kessil+t5, radion+t5, radion+kessil+t5+reef brites, just kessil, just radion, just t5, just reef brite. Mixed and matched every possible combination.
The AX500 Kessil had the best look and shimmer for me, for fill light I’m doing multiple units to combat shadowing issues. It looks like natural sunlight to me.
Number one reason radion&reef brite didn‘t work for me was slight disco effect on sand.
I want to mount them in the ceiling but gonna have an issue with ventilation and keeping the light cool. Still up in air on hanging options.
I will have to buy a straton and sky light to test them out for my frag tank
Not reef related but is that Mexico blue on your 992? I ordered Shark Blue back in may and just got confirmation.
Ya, the Stratons are hard to get. I opted to order them directly from Germany. The $600 in shipping for 5 lights stung a little, but I love that they provide a wall of light and are fan-less. I am still waiting for the order to be shipped, it should be this month. From photos and videos I have seen, they do have a bit of disco though. The other contender for me was the Philips Coral Care v2, but it is a lot more white and struggles when you increase the blue. It does do an excellent job of mixing though and no disco is detectable in it (that I can see).
The 992 is a Miami Blue 4S. It is a 2020 and was the last year that this colour was available as a standard colour. That being said, they will mix up any colour you desire for 15K extra, lol. Congrats on the new 992 order. I had not seen the Shark Blue colour yet. I just googled it. Nice.
Thanks MartinM,Love the dimensions! My tank is a similar ratio, but couldn’t go as big, too heavy!
Don’t forget about MH, the shimmer looks even better than Kessils, much better spread, and if you live somewhere cold (I think Virginia is cold?), means you don’t need to run thousands of watts of heating. Giesemann spectras always look very clean In white, and you get T5’s with them, too.
Any plans on how you’re going to have water movement on the far end without a bunch of cables? Or maybe set up some kind of surge device?