Which refugium light would you get my my sump?

150w Groestar ufo or 12w ACKE

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I have a 36x14x14 sump and wanted to know which of these 2 refugiums from Amazon would be best.

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I like the ufo groestar but I’m not sure if it would be too powerful for my refugium and don’t think it’s waterproof.
 

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I tried a cheap light with no success. The Neptune gro is perfect for your size. You can position the light so no spill over and nuisance algae and it grows chaeto like crazy.
 

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I used to have a 50w refugium light over my 30" sump. But the algae just died. So I switched to a 6w fresh water plant light just for fun. And it grew the algae to the point where I had to cut back lighting hours substantially - otherwise my nutrients bottomed out. Point is, don't go overboard. Most cheap and easy lights will be enough. The real dialing in will be the amounts of your daily feedings and lighting hours.
 
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I used to have a 50w refugium light over my 30" sump. But the algae just died. So I switched to a 6w fresh water plant light just for fun. And it grew the algae to the point where I had to cut back lighting hours substantially - otherwise my nutrients bottomed out. Point is, don't go overboard. Most cheap and easy lights will be enough. The real dialing in will be the amounts of your daily feedings and lighting hours.
Yea I might be leaning towards the ACKE now. The groestar looks awesome but I think it 150w will burn the chaeto or cause a huge amount of light spill
 

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Red light on amazon works well as does the IM chaeto grow light.
 

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