looking for suggestion or lightning inputs for a nano tank

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    ifarmer Valuable Member Build Thread Contributor

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    hi everyone,

    I am going to setup a nano reef in the next month or so and am looking for light options for my new nano tank. Tank is just 15x15x15 and I probably will grow just about 6-7 Acropora species for fun.
    My 4 previous SPS tanks were lit by T5.

    So please suggest me what would be a good light option for such a small tank. (I will give LED a chance only IF I dont have any other options).

    thanks
     
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    Crabs Mcjones Moderator With Training Wheels Staff Member Team R2R R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award Reef Tank 365 Partner Member 2018 Article Contributor Build Thread Contributor

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    Is there a specific reason you don't want to go led? Just out of curiosity? Otherwise you could do a single, 250 watt metal halide in a 15 inch fixture
     
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    You could get a small MH like a 70 or 150W MH. I think that you would probably have heat issues. You could go with a T-5 fixture but it would certainly over hang the tank. I don't currently use MH except overly small SPS tank at work. If it were my tank I would probably stick a Kessil a160 or a radio xr15 pro over it and call it a day.
     
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    Thanks everyone.
    The reasons i dont like LED because it did not work for me a few years ago.
    I tried Rapidled in 2008-2009 for 12 months. And later upgraded to ecotech Radion in 2009-2010 for another 12.months.
    Both did not give me good result back then.


    @tsav87. I like the look of those MH fixture. Do they have 75w bulb?
     
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    Those aren't my personal favorite LED's, but even still they aren't that bad.....they could not have been at the root of whatever problem you had before.

    Have you had a reef tank that works and which you liked before? If so what kind of lights did it have?
     
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    I used 2 Hydra 26's on my 18" cube Red Sea Reefer Nano with great growth and coloring from my SPS. You could most likely go with one of the Hydra 26 HD's on the 15" cube.
     
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    ifarmer Valuable Member Build Thread Contributor

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    i mostly have been using just ATI T5 since 2009.
     
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    Presuming you like them but still wanted to switch, then you should consider strip-format LED's rather than spotlight format.
     
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    Because no one makes anything for a small tank other than LED. Although back in the day, there was a 12" or 18" T5 fixture, I think it was Coralife. There also was a multitude of Power Compact Lights.
     
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    A Kessil 160 would be the ticket, probably over kill but your not gonna be complaining about the light not producing results.
     
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    You may want to contact this seller on eBay.
    Not a lot of big names making small tubes now. Aquaeon and coralife it seems.
    Odyssey seems like the only smal fixtures oddly enough.

    They also carry the small 150 halides. But I’d look for an old coralife if you go that route.
     
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