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Cod Fish
05/22/2014, 08:58 AM
Hey guys and gals, Set up a 60 gallon(24x24x24) SPS highly dominated cube a couple months ago and im happy with all my equipment except my lights :facepalm:

I realize this has been beaten to death but im hoping some one can give me another perspective and frankly ive done so much reading over the last weeks im changing my mind every hour:eek1:

Soooo currently im running a maxspect razor 120 watt 12" off water line hung.
I really like the light but i want the tank to start off right and my main goal is AMAZING sps color. So this fixture leaves me with doughts that it can achieve that(unless you guys know different?)
I also have a Gen 1 radion, i have toyed with the idea of running both at once......

My other ideas were getting Metal halide/t5 classic fixture? or T5 8 bulb ATi fixture.
What should i do???

jda
05/22/2014, 10:26 AM
A single 250W DE fixture with a 14K Phoenix bulb, or a SE with a 250W Radium 20K would need no supplement and are best-of-breed. You would only need T5 for dusk/dawn, if you are into that.

If you have a hood, you can do either. If you are open top, then look at an AquaMedic or Giesmann HQI fixture.

moondoggy4
05/22/2014, 08:08 PM
^^^^ 2nd that.

Cod Fish
05/22/2014, 08:43 PM
Thanks for the advice, im going to check out the MH fixtures, The tank is in the basement so heat wont be an issue.
So Ive heard ultimate sps colors come from T5. No?

moondoggy4
05/22/2014, 10:38 PM
ATI versus MH! Flip a coin.

For a cube a MH with led supplement one bulb replacement every 18 months, versus 8 bulbs.

Cod Fish
05/22/2014, 10:45 PM
That's it, mind made up.
Aqua medic 250watt with Phoenix 14k and 2x ati blue plus bulbs.
Thanks guys