Cheap lights for a 55 gallon

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  1. Seahorse man

    Seahorse man Member

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    I just joined R2R because I have a 55 gallon FOWLR, and it just isn't doing it for me after seeing a full reef tank!o_O I have 1 LED light strip and 1 fluorescent light strip. I have 2 false percula clowns, 1 male and 1 female, and a firefish goby. I have a plastic hood that I would like to keep, so Im looking for a light strip that is semi-inexpensive and that I can grow various corals with while not costing me hundreds of dollars. I would love it if someone can point me in the right direction or give me a link, thank you!
     
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    TL;DR If you buy cheap lights, buy good fire insurance.
     
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    You may have to give up your hood to have a decent lighting system.
     
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    I think im going to give it up. Any other suggestions?
     
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    An even better deal on the 4' x 4 T5 light like what has been recommended: Agrobrite FLT44 T5 Fluorescent Grow Light System, 4 Feet, 4 Tube https://www.amazon.com/dp/B005H1C7NA/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_OF4gAbXASK2WQ

    Than of Tidal Gardens likes this exact fixture. Hard to beat for the price. I currently have one over my 150 gallon FOWLR and am just waiting to put in ATI bulbs once the included ones get too dim.
     
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    There you go even better deal and four bulbs is as much as you can go depth wise over a 55. Most likely the cheapest you will find.
     
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    I'm running a pair of the mars aqua 165w LEDs on my 55. Corals are happy. I actually have to turn them down to keep from having too much.
     
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