Choosing the right lights for a 300DD

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I have a 300DD and I’m looking to replace my Chinese leds finally. I’ve always had good growth, but lately my zoas are reaching. Can someone recommend a good light that can cover a wider tank all the way to the bottom. I want to be able to keep a clan anywhere in my tank.
 
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I think you will want to use 2+ pucked LED's if the tank is what I think (72x36x27). The 4 pucked AI lights would probably be good for that. I would also consider an LED t-5 hybrid with a red sea or AI LED to increase your spread.
 
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As you know, lighting 36" deep tanks is no joke.

You are gonna need two rows of most LEDs. 10-12 bulb T5 could be good - like a pair of 6 bulb ATIs. A trio of Halides on larger reflectors can work too.

I am not a fan of hybrids since I think that you are getting the "worst of both worlds" and like to be all-in on one thing or another, but many of the "best of both worlds" people would might consider flanking a single row of LED with 4x T5 bulbs on the front and back.

In any case, i would count on 600-1200 watts, or more, but large tanks are not cheap to light... but I imagine that you knew this going in.
 
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