Lighting Question

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  1. MarkS

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    Hi new to Reefing will be getting my Red Sea Reefer 350 in about 6 - 8 weeks. I haven't paid for it yet so if there are any concerns or feedback about this tank let me know.

    My Lighting question is what should I go for - Led or T5's, what is the best brand to get.

    Planning to have a lot of Corals and a few fish so want to get the best possible within a reasonable budget.

    I am in New Zealand so we don't have the extensive range the US or UK have - any advice will be welcome.

    This Forum is far more informative than the books I have taken out of the library so far.

    TY Mark
     
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    This is a topic where everyone is going to have their own opinion.

    Personally, I'm a fan of LEDs - with AI Hydras being my favorite. I also like the Ecotech Radions, but the AIs are more affordable.
     
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    Agree 100% lights are personal preference. I enjoy LEDs for visual reasons and their controllability. I have a Kessil AP700 but I've also heard great things from people who own other LEDs.

    T5 lights are also great. They are reliable in knowing that they can easily support a variety of corals.

    Again it's about finding what really draws your eyes along with a couple of other preferences. Find out what lights are available to you and see if you can see them in person first hand. Best of luck
     
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    I had not seen any of the Kessil AP700 lights in person until RAP in Orlando a couple weeks a go, I have to say they are an awesome light. But a little out of the price range for a humble high school teacher, Especially since I would need 3 over my 125. :)
     
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    Yeah they are a bit pricy. How long is your 125?
     
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    6', but it is rimmed so I have two braces going across the middle.
     
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    It comes down to what look you want. Do you like the look of T5's . Do you want the shimmer of leds . People have success with so many options , there is no right or wrong way really. Just provide enough light and enough units for overall coverage . People have good results with cheap eBay leds all the way to the new generation Radions. With a 6 foot tank and a limited budget I would choose the tried and true ATI T 5 fixture. Best bang for the buck . If you can swing it ,you could start with two AP700's at 15 to 18 inches off the water line ( but that's still a chunk of $change$). I am about to put the spread of one on a 4 foot tank at that height to the test. It will be incorporated with T5's on both sides in a floating canopy ....just cause I like T5's and that kessil shimmer ....
     
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    I couldn't decide between Kessil a360 and metal halide. I ended up doing one of a each, one Kessil and one halide 250w 20k. I love it! I place SPS Coral under the halide and the rest under the Kessil. The light blends quite well. Hybrid is the best of both worlds.
     
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    defiantly not mine ... im drooling over here though ;Drool ! Two AP700 over a 6 foot tank , ya I think the coverage looks pretty good.

    kessil ap700.jpg
     
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