View Full Version : Need lighting advice.

09/06/2017, 09:17 PM
I'm looking for some leds for my 40b, only restraint is budget of $500 and I need to be able to mount on tank. It is a softy and lps tank, but might eventually try sps. It doesn't have to have 36" spread, if there is 30" or so that works with my scape and setup. I'm not looking for black boxes, I have one and hate it. Thanks in advance

09/06/2017, 11:24 PM
Are you looking to stay with LED? You could go with a Maxspect R420R to fit your budget and tank size.

09/07/2017, 04:42 AM
I'm not looking for black boxes, I have one and hate it. Thanks in advance

What about it don't you like?
What features do you want/need in a light?

How about this?

09/07/2017, 05:32 AM
I don't really like the lack of controllability on most black boxes, I have a galaxyhydro right now and I'm getting some growth but not a lot. I'm afraid to turn it up because last time I did that I burned my zoas (10% change is the minimum really)

Vinny Kreyling
09/07/2017, 07:56 AM
You will like the reefbreeders.

09/07/2017, 08:39 AM
Okay, will the 24" model work? Also, have the current USA lights become better? A friend has one and if they are better now I might try 2 to get full coverage. I'll probably be downgrading in a year or two to a 20 long so I don't want to have to change lights when that happens

09/07/2017, 09:15 AM
Just get some 36" lights for this tank. 24" will leave 9-12 inches on each side kinda lacking - I have a 7' tank with 6' of light and the 6" on the end and the next 3-6 have much lower output since they only get light from above and one side, not from two sides. I added more lights to the end.

In two years, you will likely be ready for new lights anyway, or just sell this new one and get one to fit then.

09/07/2017, 08:35 PM
I would say I'll upgrade lights in two years but in two years I will more than likely downsize to a 20L for a college dorm.

09/12/2017, 08:41 AM
The Maxspect Razr has been great on my 24" tank, but planning a build with a new 40"x17" custom tank has me looking at a pair of Kessils or AI Primes.