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Old 10/23/2017, 07:23 PM   #1
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New display macro tank but need lighting help

Hello, so a bit about the system I have first off. I have a 125 reef with a 40 gallon sump. One of the chambers in my sump was home to a small fuge with chaeto. It grew well using a screw type bulb from Wal-Mart but the fuge was hard to access due to the tight constraints of the stand. Due to that I decided to start a 30g display fuge next to the main display and now they are plumbed together and share one sump. Now I can get a nice macro tank going like I have always wanted and actually be able to enjoy it.

My last issue to figure out for now is the lighting. I thought about just getting a couple more clamp on lights and running 3 over the tank. Then again I have also thought about just getting a fluorescent light and putting some 6500k bulbs in, but at some point down the line I may want to add some coral, maybe some softies for a little more diversity so in that case I will need a light that can grow both. What I was wondering is would I be able to use one of the Chinese LED fixtures but use more of the white channel as opposed to blue. Over my main display I run 3 galaxy hydro leds which have worked awesome so far. That got me to thinking on whether I could run one over my fuge and have it be able to grow macro but also be versatile enough for future coral?

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Old 10/26/2017, 04:22 PM   #2
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Google “aquarium led light bar”. Roleadro makes a 4’, 3’ & 2’. They make a blue and a mixed spectrum which I use with corals and macro. It has 36 3W led colored blue, green, and a majority of white. It looked to be about 12K kelvin. I especially liked the way that red and yellow would pop under this light. I used the 4’ mixed spectrum over a 55G mixed garden. Cost was $81 delivered to my door from Amazon.

In the last 2 yrs, I have purchased a dozen of these lights. The IP65 water proof end caps is as good as it gets. One end of a 3’ light bar was 6” under water all night. Different effect when bulb is under water. Not to be recommended but only required wiping off salt.


Laissez les bons temps rouler,
Patrick Castille

Current Tank Info: 10,000G. Greenhouse Macro Growout

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