KESSIL VS MARSAQUA

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  1. Isabella rubalcaba

    Isabella rubalcaba Active Member

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    Hello all !!! So, i have been wanting to upgrade my tank's lughting as mentioned on my last thread. Thing is i'm on a tight budget !!! I run a 60 gallon tank that is about 4 feet wide & 2 feet deep, about just over a foot wide ... although kessils are great, they arent budget friendly as we all know. For a healthy lighting set up on my tank i would spend close to $1000 !!! So im leaning more towards marsaqua's chinese LED boxes .. thoughts ? Opinions ?? I know marsaqua wont catch up to kessils uncut quality BUT since i am working on a budget, what do you guys think ??? Maybe getting two marsaqua ?? Wanna grow LPS & SPS Let me know !!!
     

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    Mars aqua all the way you better grow better Color more light for your money
     
  3. Flippers4pups

    Flippers4pups Flipping it since 93 R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award Reef Squad Build Thread Contributor

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    I use the mars units and I'm very happy with them. I did mod them by changing some of the diodes out, based on the sb reeflights layout for color. But before I did this, they still were growing my SPS and LPS very well.

    I'd buy them again for sure.
     
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    sneub Well-Known Member

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    I love my Kessils, zero disco ball effect and great shimmer as you would see when snorkeling. The Mars seem to good lights.
     
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    Isabella rubalcaba Active Member

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    Thanks ALOT guys ! And well no doubt kessils are amazing !!! If the budget allowed i'd totally go for it !! .. well, i placed my order dor two 165 watt mars aquas .. crossing my fingers it works !!! Another thing, im gonna attempt a DYI stand for the lights !!!! Ant tips !? Gonna ask my brother to help me out i dont know much on the matter. Thanks !
     
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    You cant go wrong with mars aqua. I can grow anything including sps acros without issue.
     
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    Michael Montgomery Well-Known Member R2R Supporter

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    I've got two for sale... Reason for selling: bought six of them from a guy getting out. I only need two. LOL
     
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    Michael Montgomery Well-Known Member R2R Supporter

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    Approximately what do you have them set at? Did you leave the lenses on our pull them?
     
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  9. saltyfilmfolks

    saltyfilmfolks Lights! Camera! Reef! R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award Reef Squad Photo of the Month Award

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    Look at SBReeflights. Two year warranty. USA sallee with a brick and mortar in Florida. Lots of YouTube videos.
    IMO better spectrum. Comparable prices.
    Either two 16" black boxes, or a 30 or 32 on a tank that size.

    There's a few threads here on SB.
     
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    Pulled all off. 11 inches from water. Set at 100 blues 45 whites.
     
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    Tossing out one more option.... my wife uses the galaxy hydro on amazon. Its the same as a mars aqua, but the spectrum is made more for reefing. ( has UV diodes and a bit more RB) price is off by a few dollars and you get amazon warranty.
     
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  12. Mike.kel

    Mike.kel Well-Known Member

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    You can light that size tank with 2x a360w lights. Mounted close to the water or 2x a360n mounted high.

    My tank is 5x2x2. I can cover my tank with that combo but I don't like the slight shading that happens however if it was your tanks size it would be no problem at all
     
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