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Old 03/14/2016, 10:33 PM   #1
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Upgrade advice: Lights or PHs

I have a chance to UG some equipment on my tank and am deciding between 3 things:
*Apex Controller
*2 Kessill 160WE pendant lights
*2 MP10's

Here is what I currently have on my 36 gallon bow front:
•No controller
•18" Orbit Marine LED fixture
•2-600 gph Aquatop PHs

Coral care is the direction I am moving and looking to go with something that is going to give me the best coral growth and longevity in my tank. Would also like to carry over as much of this equipment to my future UG of a bigger tank.

Thanks for the input!


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Old 03/15/2016, 06:45 AM   #2
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I vote for lights.


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Old 03/15/2016, 07:40 AM   #3
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While the controller is nice, it is just a toy afterall. Many many tanks run perfectly fine without one.

Your PH are sufficient for now, I vote for lights if you want to keep corals.


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Old 03/15/2016, 07:49 AM   #4
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I would vote light as well.


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Old 03/15/2016, 08:14 AM   #5
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Lights!


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Old 03/15/2016, 12:20 PM   #6
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What's your lighting budget (both immediate and long term (yearly))


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Old 03/15/2016, 12:30 PM   #7
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Buy used and get both lights and pumps.


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Old 03/15/2016, 06:10 PM   #8
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$500 is the budget.

I was leaning towards lights and everyone seems to agree.

I was thinking two Kessil pendant lights (160WE) as I have a brace on center of tank and want one shooting through both openings. Thoughts on anything better?

Maybe a Reeftorch?


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Old 03/15/2016, 06:15 PM   #9
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Does anyone know where you can find used lights and pumps in good condition? Used make me nervous but would consider them if lightly used.


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Old 03/15/2016, 06:31 PM   #10
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You can check the classifieds on the various forums, ebay, local reef clubs, facebook buy/sell groups, and craigslist for used lights. If you buy with paypal (not the family/friends option) you are covered if the lights or equipment are broken and not as described by the seller.


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