Lighting recommendations-- resolved

Howard S

New member
Need some help please. I have a 180Gal rimmed tank 72"L. Need to upgrade the lighting without breaking the bank. (don't want cheap but $1500 is too much) Mixed tank with predominately soft corals. Can't hang the lights. Suggestions please. Thanks
 

Uncle99

Crab Free Zone
Premium Member
How bout three or four Hypereef 150w three puck on an arm.
Say $600-$900.

Nothing fancy just good light in the correct spectrum, 6 intensities blue, 6 intensities white/yellow/red/green.
Need a simple timer.
 

kharmaguru

Premium Member
Thank you. I'll check them out.
There's a controller that's only $40ish too.

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Howard S

New member
Figured out a simple solution for a little $$. I have a Fluval Sea 48" light on there now, with a 32" supplemental light. When I changed the glass tops to plastic grids the light loss was noticeable, I think due to reflection. So rather than spend a lot more money I opted for a second Fluval Sea for $249. Can now cover both ends of the tank and control the lighting off the same bluetooth app. Reduced power for now to allow the corals to adjust. Will go back to normal in a few days. Now just have to adjust the height off the tank top to make them equal..
 

Howard S

New member
How bout three or four Hypereef 150w three puck on an arm.
Say $600-$900.

Nothing fancy just good light in the correct spectrum, 6 intensities blue, 6 intensities white/yellow/red/green.
Need a simple timer.
Looks like they won't fit over the rim of the tank.
 

Uncle99

Crab Free Zone
Premium Member
Figured out a simple solution for a little $$. I have a Fluval Sea 48" light on there now, with a 32" supplemental light. When I changed the glass tops to plastic grids the light loss was noticeable, I think due to reflection. So rather than spend a lot more money I opted for a second Fluval Sea for $249. Can now cover both ends of the tank and control the lighting off the same bluetooth app. Reduced power for now to allow the corals to adjust. Will go back to normal in a few days. Now just have to adjust the height off the tank top to make them equal..
It’s a big tank, but that would work fine for softies, some LPS.
Each is only 46watts. Not a ton of light.
 

Howard S

New member
It’s a big tank, but that would work fine for softies, some LPS.
Each is only 46watts. Not a ton of light.
Each light is 59W, and while not a ton of light, it's more than enough for my ecosystem. Lights just went off for the evening so I'll grab some pics tomorrow and post. Here's a link to the pics I posted pre-upgrade:
 
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Uncle99

Crab Free Zone
Premium Member
Each light is 59W, and while not a ton of light, it's more than enough for my ecosystem. Lights just went off for the evening so I'll grab some pics tomorrow and post.
For comparison, over my 180g, I have 700watts available but use only 50% of that.
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Howard S

New member
For comparison, over my 180g, I have 700watts available but use only 50% of that.
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I have $500 worth of lights. Your lights alone probably cost more than my entire set up.. lol
I'm attaching 3 new pics. I have set the parameters as follows:
Pink-- 50% Cyan/Blue/Purple-- 100% White- 25%
I may or may not raise the white. Going to see how the tank does. Could I use more light? Absolutely. Might spring for a blue only LED. But for now I'm good.
 

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