Suggestions for refugium lighting

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  1. edolan

    edolan Member

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    I am preparing to light my refugium and would like to see if I am on the right track. Any thought or suggestions are appreciated.

    My refugium is on the smaller side being about 7 gallons. I would like to light it with a par38 led bulb. I have a couple I am looking at. The first one having quite a bit of red in it.


    ABI FULL SPECTRUM 18W LED GROW LIGHT BULB E26 BASE (RED 610-640 NM, BLUE 450-470 NM, WHITE 15000K)


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    Or more like this one. It is 5000k and more of just a white light


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  2. Motts

    Motts Active Member

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    i am runing a kessil h80 on a small 7 gallon refugium best upgrade i did after runing different par 38 and led strips in all different spectrums IMG_0973.JPG
     
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    Liquid360 Valuable Member

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    Agree with H80! Great light for refugium. None better.
     
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    nitro Well-Known Member R2R Supporter

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    Check back a little BRS dis an outstanding video on refugium lighting and cheato growth. A very good watch.
     
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    +1 on the H80 - also had good success with a Mars Hydro although that one was so powerful it started to burned my chaeto.
     
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    H80 is working when led grow bulbs did not, well worth it. Low nutrient system need good light or nothing grows.
     
  7. edolan

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    Thanks guys. Looks like the H80 is the way to go. Anyone mounting them without the gooseneck? My sump area is a little cramped and I don't have room to clip it onto the edge of the tank. Is there a way to hang it?
     
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    Liquid360 Valuable Member

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    I mounted mine with the included mounting hardware, no gooseneck.
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  9. edolan

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    Thx looks like that mount will work. I probably will put mine closer to the top of the refugium but I will rig up something. I think I read 4" is a good height.
     
  10. jlfalin

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    I plan on using 2-3x H380's on my fuge. I have done a ton of research and think that the H80 and H380 are the best options for growing algae at this time.
     
  11. Fritzhamer

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    I ran an H80 for a few weeks and it wasn't very great at growing cheato. The cheato was very dark green and had very tight curls. Typically this is exhibited in cheato that isn't receiving much light. I switched to one and then ultimately two of these:

    TaoTronics LED Grow Light Bulb, Grow Lights for Indoor Plants, Grow Lamp for Hydroponics, Organic Soil, Applicable to Grow Banana, Lemon etc. ( 36W, 3 Bands, FREE E26 Socket ) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01HPIPM70/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_SO7Dzb7CMAHJ1

    My cheato now doubles every couple weeks. It's also light green and mostly straight. Only the bottom part, which doesn't receive much light, is dark green with tight curls.
     
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    I've had great success using the giesemann razor with two GIESEMANN T-5 / tropic
     
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  14. Fritzhamer

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    Nice!
     
  15. CodyRVA

    CodyRVA Valuable Member R2R Supporter Build Thread Contributor

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    Fuge fixture: $10
    Fuge bulb: $5
    The look on the face of the reefer who spent $100+ on a fuge light: Priceless o_O

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  16. Fritzhamer

    Fritzhamer Well-Known Member

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    @CodyRVA Try this guy if you want to see some sick growth. I was using a plant bulb, then a cfl plant bulb. This thing is a world apart. If you check the Amazon reviews you can see the results from the medicinal folks in Colorado.

    TaoTronics LED Grow Light Bulb, Grow Lights for Indoor Plants, Grow Lamp for Hydroponics, Organic Soil, Applicable to Grow Banana, Lemon etc. ( 36W, 3 Bands, FREE E26 Socket ) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01HPIPM70/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_kV.Fzb1D1VQVX

    Granted it's double the cost of your entire setup but I'd venture its three times the output, at least. It's also half the wattage and very little heat.
     
  17. CodyRVA

    CodyRVA Valuable Member R2R Supporter Build Thread Contributor

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    I'd give that a shot, that's still not overly priced IMO and if the bulb happens to die, at least its only, currently, a $25 replacement vs $100+ for these other options. BRS has always pushed these fancy fuge lights and while I don't argue the fact that they do in fact work quite well; IMO the ROI for these higher end fuge fixtures is simply not justified.
     
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  18. Catchemall

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    Mars hydro 300 watt. Boom chaeto explosion
     
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    Greybeard Valuable Member R2R Supporter Reef Squad R2R Excellence Award Build Thread Contributor

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    Twin tube 24" T5 -w- daylight bulbs I found on Amazon for $32. So far, it's working great!

    I looked at the H80, but I would have needed 2 of them... just couldn't justify the cost. We'll see... if the T5 doesn't work out for me, I may revisit the decision.
     
  20. Chris Mitchell

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    How are the t 5’s working for you? I have had no trouble in the past getting cheto to grow. However with my current tank, I cannot grow it to save my life!
     
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