AI Prime HD

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  1. Mariette

    Mariette Well-Known Member Build Thread Contributor

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    Anyone out there using the AI Prime HD to grow softies, mushrooms, nems, and LPS? If so, how deep is your tank?

    It seems that the more research I do the more confused I get. Help!!! I’m getting a 5 foot long tank that’s 22 inches deep and was planning on buying 3 of these lights. Now LFS saying I need the Hydra 52s instead. I’m not growing SPS here ppl.
     
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    Yes you will need more primes or more powerful lights, your LFS is correct this time.
     
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    Sorry. Not sure what u mean by more lights? I was planning on getting 3. Each is rated for 18 x 18 inches but can be pushed to 24 x 24. I’ve got a 60 inch tank so was gonna get 3. Do you mean the lights aren’t strong enough to penetrate to the bottom?
     
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    got the ai prime hd on a 12 inch deep tank mounted 9 inches above the surface. I wouldn't really underestimate these pucks but yeah youll be pushing the lights to its limit.
     
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    Agreed on above. You might have to place corals higher up to get good results.
     
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    yeah but still i cant help but shake the feeling she would be happier down the road with the hydra 26's over the ai primes..
     
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    Maybe. But LFS is trying to sell me Hydra 52’s. 2 are literally double the price of the 3 Primr HD’s I was planning on.
     
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    yeah they are upselling you.
     
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    i have ai primes. i had just 1 on a 24x24 cube and it seemed fine for lps/softies. i did add a second recently because i want to do sps, but for lps/softies i'd think you'd be fine. you can always add a 4th later on if you want less shadowing

    brs has a bunch of videos about ai primes on their channel
     
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    That’s what I was afraid of. Thx
     
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    Thx
     
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    hyfra 26 might work for you? depends on your budget but you can always add later if you need to
     
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    ^yup. maybe start with the primes if its not enough sale off one of the pucks and toss in a 26 over the center.
     
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    That’s not a bad idea Robert. Not a bad idea at all ...
     
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    are you sure you won't want to do sps? because about 6 months ago i would've said no as well.. :eek::D
     
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    2 primes on a reefer 170 22 inches deep (I think) and I still have to drop intensity down 25%. I have a fully mixed reef with a clam on the sand growing. Yes I do have my SPS in the upper half nothing too demanding. Mille,acros, garf bonsai and a couple birds nest all growing like crazy and I have to trim every week. Unfortunately i have no par measurements but I can’t really go much higher cause everything starts getting real pale. Having two I get very little shadowing and I am very happy. IMG_3516.JPG
     
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    About as sure as I was that I’d be happy w a 55G FOWLR but we’re just gonna ignore that fact for now. It’s the calcium/alkalinity/the other thing that I’m trying to avoid
     
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    Lps and a stable reef in general need that monitored and sometimes altered. It’s really not to difficult, we (reef2reef) can definitely help you with that.
     
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    I was gonna stick w mainly softies and the lower maintenance LPS. I thought I could avoid the 3 that way.
     
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    Coraline will consume the big 3, anything with a skeleton will use the big 3, it’s just a easy test, no harder than testing for nitrate. If one is off, you just pour a a few milliliters of liquid in the tank, your all patched up, super easy, happy tank.
     
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