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  1. Neo Jeo

    Neo Jeo Well-Known Member

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    Hello!

    I'm new to this and this is my first post so here we go!

    I have been looking into lighting for my 90g tank that I will be getting. I have narrowed it down to something called black boxes from ebay lol or a Photon 32-v2.

    Now my main question is. My tank will be 48" long will a 32" light system work well on it? That will be 8" of each side it will have to hit or do I get a 48" light? I don't like the fact that the light floods out of the sides. On the right side I have a TV and the left I have a parrot. I dont want ether to be flooded with extra lights but I want my corals to get all the light they need. Will a 32" be enough or will it not look good/work well with the corals?

    What are your thoughts?

    Thank You
     
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  2. Adele

    Adele Active Member

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    Not sure about the lights you mentioned but I run 2 Kessil A360 tuna blues and love them. They spread nicely over my 4’ 90 Gal.
    What kind of parrot?
     
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    It really depends on the fixture. I have an AquaticLife XS-UV Reef 34" on my 90 gallon and it is fine coverage, not great, but fine - it's not like I am going to put corals in the bottom corners anyway, lol. It would work well on a shorter (shorter height, not length) tank. I am generalizing here, but the GOOD LED fixtures (like the photon or the aquatic life) use cree LEDs which are naturally around 140° spread; however, the manufacturers go and put lenses on them (some times 45° or 90°) so the coverage actually lowers (but the intensity improves slightly).

    So, if I were to replace the 34", I would either use unlensed blackbox (16", I have four on my 220 and it's perfect) or use a longer fixture (48" if I had to, but 42ish would probably be fine if they exist, lol)
     
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    dbl It Takes Less Energy to be Nice Staff Member Team R2R R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award Reef Squad Leader Build Thread Contributor Article Contributor Partner Member 2018

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    My opinion is you'll be fine with the 32" light especially if you're concerned about light spill. You can always put the lower light requiring corals on the end. I can't comment on the specific lights you're considering as I have no experience with either.
     
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    Welcome to R2R! I had the same concerns when deciding on a new light for my 90 a couple of months ago. Ended up getting a SB Reeflight 45" Ultra. Plenty of power. Complete coverage of the tank length and width. Spent weeks looking and researching. Hope this helps. Cheers!
     
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    Thanks and I have a blue indian rink neck :)
     
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    Thanks but is 32" or 48" I just wonder how much light will shine out of the sides.... I just dont know lol
     
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    It does not lol... Im still suck with 32" or 48" haha You lights are nice! but to much $ for me
     
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    dbl It Takes Less Energy to be Nice Staff Member Team R2R R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award Reef Squad Leader Build Thread Contributor Article Contributor Partner Member 2018

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    I neglected to say one important thing...welcome to R2R.
     
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    I had a Congo African Grey for many years. Quite the talker but truly loved to make sound effects.
     
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    Based on the poll, yeah, 48" is recommended... Looking at the specs of the 48" fixture you posted it should do quite well for your reef!
     
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    True,

    The lights are 48” but the the light itself is 43.5” so that’s better .

    I might be going with the 48 bc the 32” is really 31.5
     
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    I was told by a local fish store that because im just starting out I should buy a cheap $200 LED vs spending $589 on a nicer set. My question to you is, would you just buy the better set so you dont through out $200 in a year?
     
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    I have had my tank up for just over a year and had been running a 6-bulb T5 fixture and i just purchased the Photon V2 48" for my 90. I wished i would have bought it when i started. Yes its a bunch of cash but you do not have to worry about changing bulbs and you do not have to worry about it dying on you. The V2 has a 2 year warranty on it and Logan is a great guy to deal with.
     
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    Logan is great, I bought them around 4pm lol
     
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    you will not be disappointed. I just received mine last night and i cannot wait to see what it looks like when i get home and all weekend long.
     
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