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Currently have a standard 75g, but just bought a planet 120 (48x24x25). I have 2 xr15 g5 blues and figure with the 24“ depth I will need something to add for shadowing / more even par. Not sure a 3rd g5 really gains me anything. The question is what without breaking the bank. This is for a mixed reef. I will make my own mounting. I like the the power consumption of leds ( strips). There are a lot of options and do I need dimmable? I have looked at the t5 retro kit, thinking 1 bulb front and back? Any advice / pics of a lighting on your 120 would be great.
 
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Currently have a standard 75g, but just bought a planet 120 (48x24x25). I have 2 xr15 g5 blues and figure with the 24“ depth I will need something to add for shadowing / more even par. Not sure a 3rd g5 really gains me anything. The question is what without breaking the bank. This is for a mixed reef. I will make my own mounting. I like the the power consumption of leds ( strips). There are a lot of options and do I need dimmable? I have looked at the t5 retro kit, thinking 1 bulb front and back? Any advice / pics of a lighting on your 120 would be great.
What kind of par are you getting at the moment with the 2 running
 

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You may just want to start with the pair of XR15s and see how happy you are. I get 100 PAR at the bottom of my tank (500 PAR at the surface) with my Radions mounted 8-9” above the surface (my tank depth and height are roughly the same as yours). This is at somewhere between 45-50% intensity.
 

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For what it’s worth I’m running a single radion xr30 on my 55 gallon-(I have 2 xr15 pros but haven’t had to add them on yet. I only have 5 coral- branching hammer, yeayamenis, clove polyp, finger leather and toadstool leather. All coral is new-ish to me and the coral are doing better then they were at the LFS. My thoughts were to add more light if something isn’t happy. I’ve NOT tested my par yet. I need to get a par meter but I’m sure I’m running on the low side and stuff is doing well
 
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I broke down on Black Friday and bought the aquatic life 48” led supplement kit. Played with it briefly over the empty 120 and it looks like it will be really nice. I like the t5 matching color options. Pics and more info will follow.
 

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