Getting new LED lights- any suggestions?

Discussion in 'Aquarium Lighting By Dana Riddle' started by Elle22, Oct 29, 2017.

  1. Elle22

    Elle22 Active Member

    May 18, 2017
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    I posted a similar thread a while back, but since then my budget has increased. I am looking for suggestions for lights to go over my reef tank. I am trying to create a mixed reef, but I would like to grow SPS and acros so I know I need a higher powered light source for that.
    Black box less were commonly suggested, but I think I would prefer to go with more of a name brand especially because I am going to be leaving for college in a year and I need to put faith in something that I cannot fix when I am away from home.

    I have a 30 gallon tank I need to light has dimensions: 23.6" x 19.7" x 16.5" (60 cm x 50 cm x 42cm ). Cost is still something I have to keep in mind, and unfortunately I cannot afford the G4 radions everyone loves, if that is a good indication of where I am price wise.
    I currently have the JBJ orion Lt-120 lights that came with my tank. While they have done a good job for less demanding corals, I know I need an upgrade to advance my tank and the coral in it.

    Thank you and I can't wait to hear everyone's suggestions!

  2. nautical_nathaniel

    nautical_nathaniel Indecision may or may not be my problem. R2R Supporter Reef Squad Leader R2R Excellence Award Photo of the Month Award Reef Tank 365 Article Contributor Build Thread Contributor

    Feb 19, 2014
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    West Palm Beach, FL
    I love my Maxspect Ethereal, but they can be a pain in the butt to set up initially. I have had some connectivity issues between the light and the wifi controller but now that I have the scheduling dialed in it's not an issue :)

    If you don't want to spend as much, wait until Black Friday/Cyber Monday holiday sales, I expect we'll be seeing all sorts of discounts on reefkeeping equipment around that time!
  3. BrettMallette

    BrettMallette Active Member

    Jun 14, 2016
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    I love my hydra 26. Kind of a pain to get right color spectrum without using someone elses program to start with.
  4. LetItReef

    LetItReef Valuable Member

    May 29, 2014
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    San Diego, CA
    A 360w Kessil for that size.
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