Lighting recommendations for 29 gal bow reef

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I have a 1.5 year old reef tank setup in a 29gal bowfront. I have a Fluval Sea 3.0 ( or 2.0…?) that I’ve had since it’s beginning. Coral growth is slow and I’ve had some corals not thrive. We added a skimmer this year and it’s helped but I’d like to branch out to montipora and other sps but I don’t think our lighting is going to cut it.
additionally with some recent research I realize I’ve been running the lights on a low setting and have since increased it some ( working on slowly changing it)

I have Kenya trees, toadstool leathers, Duncans, and a frogspawn that are doing well. I just obtained a turbinaria (scroll?)

I JUST moved so please forgive the temp aquascaping :)

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i like the current usa orbit light. use it on my 20gal with similar corals.
Thank you!
It may be a bit outside my price range as a secondary light, but I’ll keep it in mind. I like that I could focus it to one side if I wanted to keep my softies from getting too much light.

have you heard of the Lumini Astra?
 

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Thank you!
It may be a bit outside my price range as a secondary light, but I’ll keep it in mind. I like that I could focus it to one side if I wanted to keep my softies from getting too much light.

have you heard of the Lumini Astra?
personally i haven't. i know some people use black box leds like viparspectra with good results.
 
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I’ve never worked with anything besides LEDS so maybe?
Tank is 24” wide, 13” deep, 19” tall
Price range. Preferably under $100 but I know that I’ll probably need to consider up to $200.
So I realized today that $200 is not really even enough. New budget is $300. ‍
Thanks for the links ( I figured them out)
 

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There are lots of options in that budget, maxspect jump, noopsyche, orphek or3 bars, red sea reef led 50, etc matters the look you want and controllability, personally i use t5 because i dont need extra control (that i will screw up myself)
 

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Even at sub 200 there are definitely options like the nicrew led 100 or the smatfarms led, though less trusted brands i have heard good things about the lights
 
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Even at sub 200 there are definitely options like the nicrew led 100 or the smatfarms led, though less trusted brands i have heard good things about the lights
Hey, thank you! These are great recommendations. It’s hard to sift through everything on Amazon so I appreciate it .
 

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For that tank get a Prime 16
I did that on a 29 gal bow front about 5 years ago. Two of them. Terrible par from midway all the way down. Those ranks are hard to light because of the center brace. I ended up just hanging a black box over it and was much better off for it.
 
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I did that on a 29 gal bow front about 5 years ago. Two of them. Terrible par from midway all the way down. Those ranks are hard to light because of the center brace. I ended up just hanging a black box over it and was much better off for it.
Yeah with looking into all these lighting options I’m actually considering getting a new tank if I’m going to spend the money on a new light. The brace is always going to be an issue and I’m sick of dealing with it. I can’t center any lights
 

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