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Hey y’all I’m in the market for new lights for my 75 gallon tank. I have current USA lights right now and can only have lps and softies but I want to expand my corals to sps. I have a toadstool and a recordist mushroom right now. So my question is what is a good lighting for around $800.00 or less that will work for my tank?? I have been researching the kessil 360we tuna blues and I can get 2 lights, link cable, controller, and brackets for around $889.00 from amazon. But I would like opinions on this lighting and others that are affordable. So what do y’all think??
Nicole if you've got some time about half an hour check out this video from @BRS they review the best lighting of 2019 for all price range and coral types.
 

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Hey y’all I’m in the market for new lights for my 75 gallon tank. I have current USA lights right now and can only have lps and softies but I want to expand my corals to sps. I have a toadstool and a recordist mushroom right now. So my question is what is a good lighting for around $800.00 or less that will work for my tank?? I have been researching the kessil 360we tuna blues and I can get 2 lights, link cable, controller, and brackets for around $889.00 from amazon. But I would like opinions on this lighting and others that are affordable. So what do y’all think??
It all boils down to what you want vs the cost you are willing to pay. I have a standard 75 gallon tank and use the Reef Breeders Photon 48-V2+ and find it works will for me. At $700 it's in your price range and has sunrise/sunset options.

I just added my 1st SPS, a green slimmer, so yes it is not super demanding, but the rest are zoas, mushrooms and LPS. All are doing just fine. The system is 3.5 months old and rocking along.

So, is the photon the "Best" light? Who knows, I can only talk about my experience.
 

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I 100% agree with @jda. The Reef Breeder Photon V2+ is the best bang for your money IF you want sunrise/sunset control, 6 channel color control, less shadowing than puck style leds and a good looking fixture to boot.
 

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I will say that I do not use any of these, so take any of my suggests to be worth nothing, but if I had to, then it would be panels over pucks. Also, I would run them more along the lines of 100% on all channels, so hard to ignore therman and battlecorals success with these units doing exactly that - I like what they do more than I like what WWC, Vivid, etc. do with their Radions.
 

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I'd consider a pair of noopsyche LEDs paired to their T5 hybrid fixture. That will give you plenty of power and will be under budget.

This comes from a guy running radions and primeHDs on two separate tanks. Don't get me wrong, their controllability and build quality is hard to beat, but they dont have the spread and coverage of a T5/LED hybrid and noopsyches products look solid for the price
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Hey y’all I’m in the market for new lights for my 75 gallon tank. I have current USA lights right now and can only have lps and softies but I want to expand my corals to sps. I have a toadstool and a recordist mushroom right now. So my question is what is a good lighting for around $800.00 or less that will work for my tank?? I have been researching the kessil 360we tuna blues and I can get 2 lights, link cable, controller, and brackets for around $889.00 from amazon. But I would like opinions on this lighting and others that are affordable. So what do y’all think??
Hey y’all I’m in the market for new lights for my 75 gallon tank. I have current USA lights right now and can only have lps and softies but I want to expand my corals to sps. I have a toadstool and a recordist mushroom right now. So my question is what is a good lighting for around $800.00 or less that will work for my tank?? I have been researching the kessil 360we tuna blues and I can get 2 lights, link cable, controller, and brackets for around $889.00 from amazon. But I would like opinions on this lighting and others that are affordable. So what do y’all think??
If you are close to PA 19030 I could sell you my ATI dimmable t5 fixture with bulbs cheap.
Its 4 feet long.
$400 takes it.
 
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If you are close to PA 19030 I could sell you my ATI dimmable t5 fixture with bulbs cheap.
Its 4 feet long.
$400 takes it.
Unfortunately I live in Missouri. I also cannot hang anything from my ceiling because I have really high ceilings like 10 foot high so lights have to be able to attach to my aquarium. Thank you for your great offer just wish sometimes my ceilings were normal lol
 

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Unfortunately I live in Missouri. I also cannot hang anything from my ceiling because I have really high ceilings like 10 foot high so lights have to be able to attach to my aquarium. Thank you for your great offer just wish sometimes my ceilings were normal lol
Another option are shelving brackets, use some long screws into studs and have a way to hang above the tank without being attached to it.
Just verify the brackets are rated for the weight intended.
 
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Another option are shelving brackets, use some long screws into studs and have a way to hang above the tank without being attached to it.
Just verify the brackets are rated for the weight intended.
I’m sorry I should have explained my house better. My aquarium is against an outside wall and my house is very old. My outside walls are brick upon brick with an air pocket in between. So that’s why everything has to be able to attach to my tank. I’m truly sorry for explaining properly. I am still thankful for you trying to help me out. I greatly appreciate your help and offer. Thank you very much.
 

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Well, that's just another reason to go with the Photon...legs that sit on the tank are included!
And those legs are adjustable up and down as well. Currently that's what I'm using. And I believe Reef Breeders now has a system available to hang the Photon off the back glass. That's what I want to do, but I'm using 2 Photons for a 30" tank; so I'll end up having back of the tank hangers made for me.
 

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I also run noopsyche leds. My lfs has some on a couple of their tanks and he says he was surprised to see their performance in comparison to the radions. My noopsyche leds are mounted in an aquatic life T5 hybrid. The noopsyche hybrid is very aesthetically pleasing, including the legs that mount it to the tank. The only reason I went with the aquatic life hybrid is because noopsyche doesn’t make theirs in a 61”.
 
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Wow my lights just shipped that is pretty quick. I wasn’t expecting it to ship till tomorrow or even Monday. I’m impressed!!
 

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Wow my lights just shipped that is pretty quick. I wasn’t expecting it to ship till tomorrow or even Monday. I’m impressed!!
Join the noopsyche USA Facebook group. Any questions you have will be addressed quickly there. I think you’ll like the lights once you figure out the 1980s Casio controller.
 

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