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Old 09/18/2018, 01:23 PM   #1
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Absentee reefer getting back in.

I've been inactive for some years and I'd like to get back into it. In the planning stages and looking at doing a cube I think. I think its a happy medium between wall of rocks and a peninsula. I've looked at the SCA 50 gal. I thinks it measurements work well 24x24x20. Since I have some experience id like to go into the SPS eventually, however things have really changed since the metal halide days i remember. Looking at the AI Prime or Kissel and even possibly the T5 retro for them. Any advice or recommendations for me to research would be appreciated. Also trying to get posts up to get classifieds access again.

Thanks in advance, Kevin

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Old 09/18/2018, 10:37 PM   #2
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For what itís worth if I had a SCA 50 gallon id slap a single 250 watt metal halide pendant over that bad boy and call it a day. But if youíre going to do sps dominant and want to play around with LEDs, Iíd either get an orphek v4 compact. Or two ecotech xr15. The options you listed are completely serviceable, but they donít have quite the horsepower I feel like youíd crave

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Old 09/19/2018, 03:52 AM   #3
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I would slap an ATI 6 bulb T5 setup or a single MH pendant and call it done. While LED's are proven to work, my problem and I think where alot of people fail with LED's is thwy are so adjustable that people can't seem to just set them and leave them be so corals can adjust to them. People tend to play with them and corals never get adjusted to them so they tend to wither away or get bleached.

Since I switched to an ATI 6 bulb setup with 2 supplemental reefbrite strips, my tank has never been better.

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