AI Primes or New ReefLed50

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Hi all,

I have a IM 20 gallon peninsula that I was looking to buy lights for. I was about to pull the trigger on 2 of the new AI prime 16 hds but noticed that the Red Sea ReefLed 50s are the same price point. I know the AI Primes are reputable but does anyone know if the new Red Sea lights are any good or better? Thanks!
 
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Wait would one ai prime be enough? I was under the impression that I'd need 2 since the tank was about 30 inches long. It's about 13x12x30 inches. Obviously if one is enough I would rather go with one.
 

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It depends on what you want to keep and how you want to aquascape.

You can go with one if you are keeping anything high light within an approximately 12” x 12” area and don’t mind some shadowing/shading outside of that area.

Within a wider area of approximately 18” x 18” you can grow medium and lower light species.

if you want an SPS dominant tank with full coverage of strong light, one Prime will not cover 24” and above.
 

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His tank is almost three feet long. I would get two primes. I have a hydra 26hd over a 26” long tank and it shadows. You’ll for sure need two primes. The Red Sea light is too new for me. I like tried and true equipment and methods :)
 

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I just bought a prime 16 for the same tank. It wasn't enough coverage so go for 2 or maybe even pick up a used hydra 52 if you only want one light and full coverage. I used the prime for a week before I took it down and switched to something else.
 

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