Best Lighting Set up for 55 Gal?

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Hello everyone, I have a 55-Gal Tank and Today I am looking into Lights for my tank. I currently have a FOWLR tank, and I don't think Ima add coral for a while as I'm new to the hobby and trying to learn before jumping in! With that said I don't mind getting something that will support corals but also, I don't want to break the bank yet if that makes sense.

My dimensions - 48 in L x 13 in W x 20 in H

Currently looking into these options.

1) Fluval Sea Marine 3.0 LED
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2) Aquatic Life T5 HO Hybrid Light Fixture (48 Inch)
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right now I am leaning more toward the Fluval let me know if y'all have any other opinions on lights or if you think I'm wasting my time with these! If you think any cheaper ones would be perfect for my needs that would be great as well!
 

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Do you like a bluer or whiter look? Any preference for shimmer? Mounting style?
 
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Do you like a bluer or whiter look? Any preference for shimmer? Mounting style?
I think I would prefer more of a white look but maybe a healthy mix if possible. For mounting style, I really would prefer mounting on the back of the tank and not an overhang light. I also would like some shimmer effects to give more of a realistic feel. Thanks for the reply!
 

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I think I would prefer more of a white look but maybe a healthy mix if possible. For mounting style, I really would prefer mounting on the back of the tank and not an overhang light. I also would like some shimmer effects to give more of a realistic feel. Thanks for the reply!

I would consider the noopsyche k7 pros
 

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I've been running two Smatfarm's on my 40 breeder for a couple of years, the Noopsyche K7 Pro III is I think the Noopsyche is a tad better regarding some color, both are popular budget lights for about $150 each.

I did pick up a used 36" Aquatic Life T5 HO Hybrid for $150 about a year ago. Love the combo.
 

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Yea I figured it's just the juggling of whether it's worth the $200 price difference :grinning-face-with-sweat:
You get what you pay for in this hobby. That $200 savings will cost you more later when you realize the light is not strong enough and needs to be replaced with something better quality.
 

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Hello everyone, I have a 55-Gal Tank and Today I am looking into Lights for my tank. I currently have a FOWLR tank, and I don't think Ima add coral for a while as I'm new to the hobby and trying to learn before jumping in! With that said I don't mind getting something that will support corals but also, I don't want to break the bank yet if that makes sense.

My dimensions - 48 in L x 13 in W x 20 in H

Currently looking into these options.

1) Fluval Sea Marine 3.0 LED
1718036013896.png

2) Aquatic Life T5 HO Hybrid Light Fixture (48 Inch)
1718036298344.png


right now I am leaning more toward the Fluval let me know if y'all have any other opinions on lights or if you think I'm wasting my time with these! If you think any cheaper ones would be perfect for my needs that would be great as well!

Any light which fills the tank will do in a FOWLR.

When you decide to add coral, you will have to upgrade to a better light.
 

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Yea I figured it's just the juggling of whether it's worth the $200 price difference :grinning-face-with-sweat:
Hybrid is 18" wide and your tank is 13".
Dimensions - 49.7"L x 18.25"W (front to back) x 1.57"H
Doesn't really fit afaict...

There are numerous puck style you can get but would need multiples.

Or "spectrum wise" a bar light like this Micmol. Cheaper on AliExpress. Maybe
Ap-1200.

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Puck wise...2 150w Nicrews plus controller is about $450...
I assume you have a center brace.
 
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I have a 54 g tank with dimensions different from yours. And I started out with two of the Fluval Marine 3.0 LEDs on it. Along with fish, I added mushrooms, zoas, paly's, and anemones over the next few years. And all seemed to do okay under the Fluvals.

After four years with the Fluvals, I replaced them with two AI Blades. And I was surprised at the increased growth of the corals with the new lights! I have to admit I liked the coloring of the Fluvals better, but the AI's are obviously better for the corals.

Sorry, don't know anything about the Aquatic Life lights. But just wanted you to know that my experience with the Fluvals was fairly good for a new tank. And you seemed to have the right idea of this being a purchase of lights for a "starter" tank, with possible upgrades in the future.
 

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