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06/07/2016, 11:04 AM
I'm looking at lighting for a 60 gallon cube, 24x24x24. Any and all suggestions would be appreciated.

06/07/2016, 11:08 AM
I have they same size tank. Am currently using 4x24 aquatic life t5 and it's not enough light maybe if it was 6 bulbs it would be better. Also have have a Mar aqua that I haven't installed

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06/07/2016, 11:29 AM
I'm leaning towards LEDs. I was thinking a kessil but don't have any experience with them.

06/07/2016, 11:44 AM
I'm using an Aquaticlife Halo on the same tank. Quite happy with it. Growth rates are not as good as I used to get under halides, but lower electrical usage, greatly reduced heat output, no need to change bulbs... more than makes up for it. Coloration of my corals is excellent. The mount (sold separately) is strong, simple, and clean. Built in timer does everything I need it to do. The 'cube' shape just works with my setup.


06/07/2016, 11:54 AM
Same size tank. Using 2 Hydra26s & s two bulb aquatic life T-5 fixture with blue+ bulbs.

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06/07/2016, 11:55 AM

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06/07/2016, 12:51 PM
I run a radion xr15w pro over the middle, with two t5 two bulb fixtures one behind , one in front ,over my 24x24x20h reef

06/07/2016, 01:06 PM
1 hydra should be enough I belive it has a 24x24

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06/07/2016, 02:37 PM
What about one Kessil a150w. Specs say 24" coverage. Should that be enough lighting for lps corals?

06/07/2016, 02:40 PM
I have seen a few tanks with one a159w Kessil and looks like they have plenty of lighting.

06/07/2016, 05:28 PM
Remember, when the maker claims a 24x24 spread, that's the max. That's why I went with two 26s. Now the entire tank is nice & bright.

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06/09/2016, 04:17 PM
Mic drop?

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06/09/2016, 09:04 PM
One Radium 250 watt metal halide with M80 ballast. Better coral growth and more natural color vs LEDs. Perfect for a 60 gallon cube tank.

06/09/2016, 09:17 PM
halides are great no question ran them for yrs. but unless its a geisman fixture itll be ugly. the wife wont put up with it. was going to get the geisman but went with radions instead

06/09/2016, 10:35 PM
I'm looking at lighting for a 60 gallon cube, 24x24x24. Any and all suggestions would be appreciated.

To grow what ?

Softies and Palys, anything will do.

LPS, anything will do.

Anemones and clownfish, anything will do.

SPS, that's an entirely different discussion.

You're not lighting the tank. You're lighting the reef in it .:thumbsup:

Here's a very nice 60 cube (http://reefcentral.com/forums/showthread.php?t=2421524&page=21)

06/10/2016, 12:53 PM
I've got the same size tank and am running a Kessil A360W

06/10/2016, 04:46 PM
I lit my old 60 cube with 3 x T12VHO for years. Worked great for anything other than SPS. Switched to a single AI Sol Blue and grew SPS without issue. I used a A360we to light 1/2 of a 120 and it grew frags, if anything, too well. Just because of it's small size and at least IMO sleek look, I would go with a kessil A360we if I had to do it again. It has more than enough power to grow anything, anywhere you put it in the tank.

06/10/2016, 08:31 PM
ATI Sunpower 8x24" bulbs

06/11/2016, 12:09 AM
I run 2x Kessil A350s with the narrow lenses. Color is better with T5 additions, but I don't feel like I'm missing a whole lot. I just got spoiled when I could use them when I had my 120 running.