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Hi I have a 75 gallon reef tank with a old aquatic life t5 light that needs repair new ballast, bulbs and some tombstones. Was looking at the Fluval marine 3.0 as a replacement because I can buy one cheaper then the parts I need , does anyone have any experience with them ?
 
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ok just happened to see it while looking around for a replacement and the price wasn't bad but sounds like I'll skipping that one. Any other suggestions have a budget around $400
 

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What about an aquatic Life T5 hybrid from BRS and add LED as/if needed. Not sure what your end goal is with coral.
 

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Fluval light would require 4 units at least, they are weak. You can go with black box LEds, but I would stay with the T5s!
 
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I wouldnt go with a fluval 3.0 especially not if you want to see growth and great health in your corals...I had the a fluval sea and it was on a shallow tank maybe around 9-10 inches the light was at the rim of the tank so the corals were about 4-6 inches from the light and it always seemed like they wanted more light or better lighting...I recently moved everything to my 75 and im using a viparspectra 300 watt i got it for $275 which is cheaper than most leds out there...my point is though if you have enough money to buy better lights like radions or kessils or anything high end I would go for it...if not the viparspectra light is a good light as well not as fancy but you get a pretty good light for your money. The only downside to the viparspectra is the mounting mechanism look into it before you buy.
 
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Do you currently have coral in the tank? Is there a rush to buy lights? If not wait and save a couple hundred more and go with something that will last and you'll be happy with.
 

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For $600 this would work for you
 
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