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Last light Question on a 40 breeder

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I am wanting to go Hybrid T5/led..
for a 40 breeder, do you go 24” or 36”? 4 or 6 bulbs? led’s first or T5 first? How long can you run that fixture without LED’s? My goal is an LPS/softies tank, and if I wanted to do SPS I will have a few spots in the middle of the tank for that.
I think I am over complicating it.. I have tendency to do that..

Thanks in advance!!
 

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6 bulb T5 might be all that you ever need on a 40b. 4 is probably fine with some Kessils. I would get 36 inch, but I had a fixture that was too short for the tank and I hated it and added to it... so I will never have a short light again.

For SPS, you will likely need a pair of Kessils - these are not high powered units.

I would let the T5s do the heavy lifting and use the kessils to fill in some blue (if you like that look) and some shimmer (if you like it - some hate the Kessil shimmer).
 
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Do you think my LPS would be ok with just the 4 bulb hybrid fixture for now?
 

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I would do a kessil and t5 option if you can afford it. I’ve seen it in person and it was just glorious. That being said I’ve also seen dual led’s on a 40 breeder and it looked great too.

if this were me and I were doing SPS I would do the combo hands down. If it’s for LPS and softies, I might look at just using led’s. That’s just me though. Keep in mind I dont habe a reef tank
 

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i had great success with 2 hydra 26 non hd over my 40B. (Photo)
Now i have 2x 52s and one 26 lined up in a 36" spread over it now with the intensity turned way down and the lenses diffused.

Youd be surprised on how a little quality light goes a long way.

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Well.. I also talked to my LFS.. He is ordering me AI primes.. always suggested I could incorporate the T5’s if I wasn’t happy.. So that’s we are doing..
The more I researched it, the more I wanted the 32’s, but let’s see what happens..

Thanks guys!!
 
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It’s 400 for primes, then 400 for hybrid with bulbs later.. so to me.. it’s which comes first the chicken or egg at this point
 

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Oh i see. U decided to do 2 primes alone. That might work you just might not like the light spread from 2 single pucks and may not get good par at the depth you want with the wide spread.

Even with the 2x 26s the spread wasnt the most ideal for a 36x18x18.

But yes. Would be fine until you buy your hybrid down the road.
 
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Oh i see. U decided to do 2 primes alone. That might work you just might not like the light spread from 2 single pucks and may not get good par at the depth you want with the wide spread.

Even with the 2x 26s the spread wasnt the most ideal for a 36x18x18.

But yes. Would be fine until you buy your hybrid down the road.
I really wanted the 32’s my LFS is taking me this way, we will see.. always can upgrade and sell the primes on here.. I am a little disappointed we didn’t do the T5’s with a led in a couple of months.. but my LFS knows my tank..
 

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