Current USA Lighting

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  1. biggie4jets

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    Hi everyone,

    Has anyone had any experience with Current USA lighting? I want to purchase a LED light fixture and bracket from since I have 3 pumps from them right now. I have hammers, frogspawns, a clam, zoes, GSP, and a cup coral in my tank.

    I have a 40-gallon breeder tank and currently using a T5 4 bulb 39W fixture.

    Here is the light fixture:
    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01MAZAZ7B/ref=ox_sc_act_title_2?smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER&psc=1

    Please send recommendations to others!

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    I use several of them on my QTs. One is a fish QT the other is a coral QT. Light output is OK. The corals: soft, LPS, SPS all do fine under the lights. I do use eggcrate to move the higher light demanding corals up closer to the lights. Like the programability of them. Very reliable. I do use the Current USA Loop Powerhead system on my 90. Really like it.
     
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    You have a 4 bulb T5, and you want to swap it out for a current USA LED fixture? Can I ask why?
     
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    So this is the one I'm more likely to go for, seeing as its a full spectrum dual light fixture.

    "Current USA Orbit Marine IC PRO Dual LED Reef Aquarium Light | Wireless Light and Pump Controller | Loop App - Bluetooth"

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    I want something with a little more punch and that isn't bulky. I am just looking at the moment and getting recommendations. I will probably stay with my T5 for a while.
     
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    Yes, I took a long look at those ^^^ before I ended up buying SB Reeflights Ultra for my 90. It's 24" deep and there was concern that the Current USA units would work for my tank. For a 40 that's shallower, I'd give it a try.
     
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    27 or 36 watts with the current usa led fixture won't have as much punch as your 156 watts of T5.

    There are reasons that folks like LEDs, but you won't be upgrading PAR in this case.
     
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    Everybody online that talks about their reefbreeders is really happy with them. More expensive than black boxes, but not nearly as expensive as some of the fancy brands, and supposedly really nice fixtures.
     
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    So
    What LEDs would you suggest? For right now my t5 is fine I’d say.
     
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    I'm not really an LED guy. But like I said, folks really like those reef breeders.
     
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    Don’t get the current USA lights, please save your money. It for sure will not keep a clam alive.
     
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    With you current live stock including a tridacna I'd suggest sticking with the T5 unless you upgrade to a better led fixture or add too the T5 lights.
     
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    Even the Ic pro lights? What would you suggest getting then?
     
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    Ya I wanted to keep the T5s and get like an extra LED or something to add to it. I was looking at the t5-led combo fixtures on brs.
     
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    Something that actually is the spectrum the corals need. Not a white and a blue led. Any of the big brands are great and have great results and the lights hold their value for resale.
     
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    If your looking to add some blue then I would suggest a reefbrite strip. A single kessil would look great as well.
     
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    I don’t have experience with clams. I used an 18” and 24” Current USA light on my IM 20. Grew the coral I had great. Mainly LPS, but some SPS. That’s a shallow tank though. I had it connected with 3 power heads to the loop.

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    For your situation I would have 4 bulb t5, with blue plus and coral plus and 2 kessil 160 tuna blues. That will give the punch your looking for.
     
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    I have 2 blue bulbs in my t5 now on top of a white and a super actinic bulb.
     
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    I would keep the T5's and add some kind of LED as well.
    I like the combo of the 2.

    Reefbrite XHO strip is what I personally would add.

    Currents lights are ok, softies would fine, clam most likely not
     
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