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fernalfer
04/21/2016, 09:07 AM
Ok i have a 120 gallon tank 48x24x24 and i'm ready to purchase lights. I'm going to go with LED lights. The most i want to spend, well lol the most i can spend (wife has something to do with that) is $700.00. So far the lights i have been looking at are the Reefbreeder Photon 48 V2: https://www.reefbreeders.com/shop/photon-48-v2/

They are fairly new and have not heard or seen any reviews on them but are in my pricepoint. Can anyone suggest any other lights in that pricepoint that will be good for corals. Maybe SPS corals down the road?

FirstContact
04/21/2016, 12:54 PM
I like Orphek, a little over your budget, but sometimes they sell discontinued/older models at a discount. Also, like Kessil. You would need two at $400 each; so, that would be just over budget too.

civics14
04/21/2016, 01:18 PM
Not sure about the reefbreeders since I never owned one, but they got great reviews and Logan there stands behind his product from what I see. I run RapidLED Onyx myself and the team there is just amazing as well, however with the Onyx's you need your own controller, but I think next month they are releasing a new version with 5 channels and controlled via wifi

Ron Reefman
04/22/2016, 08:50 AM
I have been using the EverGrow version of the older ReefBreeders Photon 32 and 24. I have 2 fixtures over a 180g and one over a 75g hex. They have been in use 24/7/365 for over 3 years now and haven't missed a beat. The 180g is a mixed sps & lps with a few softies and the corals grow as well as they did when I had 1000 watts of MH over the same tank! If I needed new lights now, I'd be buying the Photon V-2 or the EverGrow version.

Bpb
04/22/2016, 09:23 AM
120 gallon with a max budget of 700? I'd go nuts and use 4 Ocean Revive panels modded to replace half the cool whites, all the Reds and greens with warm and neutral whites. Bigtime coverage there.


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Devaji108
04/22/2016, 09:47 AM
700 is quite a good budget IMHO for a 4 foot tank there are lots of options.
even can get the top of the line models if you buy used.

on the cheaper side there are lots of options too: ( so you can spens the rest on goodies inside the tank.)

reefbreeders V2 I have there 24" model over a 36x24x24 90 its doing amazing. I would think the 32" model would do the trick unless it SPS dom, then would go with the 48" ask logan in the sponsor forum.

2 used Kessiles A360

2 to 3 ocean revive T247b they say there light a 36x24 area so 2 prob would do the trick but do your own looking in to. I really doubt you would need 4 tho..

I have found new readion xr15pro for 330 each so 2 of them would fall under your budget.

also if you are running a canopy I really would consider a t5 led DIY combo.
2 T5 reto fits with a led array.

on a side note I have a nice DIY led array I made for a 4 foot tank was going to add t5 to but had to take the tank down due to a move.
PM if interested. :)

Bent
04/22/2016, 10:01 AM
Reefbreeders is nice. If you can afford the v2 fixture I'd just do that.

fernalfer
04/22/2016, 05:55 PM
thanks guys i'm looking into everyone's suggestions. I will purchase the lights Monday so hopefully i can come up with a final decision.

drummerboyevil
04/22/2016, 08:08 PM
If you're set on LED, you really can't beat the reefbreeders V2 at that pricepoint. It even looks great.

If looks aren't an issue and you have a canopy I'd probably run two oceanrevives to save some money for some retrofit t5 kits to run on the front and back of the LED fixtures.

Ron Reefman
04/23/2016, 07:37 AM
If you're set on LED, you really can't beat the reefbreeders V2 at that pricepoint. It even looks great.

If looks aren't an issue and you have a canopy I'd probably run two oceanrevives to save some money for some retrofit t5 kits to run on the front and back of the LED fixtures.

+1 to both suggestions.

MikeyAl
04/23/2016, 08:23 AM
Love my ocean revive arctics


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Devaji108
04/23/2016, 10:16 AM
yeah I love my RB V2..just gotta take the time and learn how to use the controller..been slacking.
the OR T247 are a lot better looking than most black boxes.

Larz_1
04/23/2016, 10:40 AM
I have a ReefBreeders Photon-48 over my 120 (48x24x24) and I love it.
Great light and great customer service.

I took my time ramping the lights up. Now peaking at 55%.

I had just this light alone for over a year and it was great.
I took off the lenses to get a little better light blending -
Then I added 2x48" T5 ATI Coral Plus bulbs to supplement the LEDs and WOW!
The growth and color of my coral just took off.

I'm not familiar with the new V2 model, but it looks like a nice upgrade from the Photons with six individual channels rather than just 2.

IMO - You can't go wrong with the ReefBreeders Photon-48-V2.