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Old 07/04/2020, 03:16 AM   #1
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lighting 5 x 5 foot tank. What would you do

waiting for a new to me 5ft x 5ft x 24" tank. Was going to try to get it covered with 6 gen 5 xr 30's but now thinking about 9 gen 5 xr15's would get better coverage while saving a couple grand. Thoughts? Thanks


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Old 07/08/2020, 11:36 AM   #2
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What kind of coral do you plan on keeping in there?


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Old 07/08/2020, 01:35 PM   #3
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Mixed reef sps high other corals lower. Tank is only 24"high


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Old 07/08/2020, 08:49 PM   #4
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I think 9 XR15s raised pretty high off the water and run at almost max intensity would give you incredible coverage and color blending. You’ll probably be able to grow anything you want. Similar to WWC’s grow out tank, where they have a grid of Radions (Gen 4) raised high above the tank running at 100%. However, if you run them at a lower height, like RMS mount height for home aesthetics, you’ll get more of a spotlight effect with more hotspots.


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Old 07/09/2020, 09:23 AM   #5
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9 x 420 = 3780 xr 15
4 x 900 = 3600 Phillips Coral Care
(estimated price)
Tough choice IMHO


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Old 07/19/2020, 01:38 PM   #6
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lighting

3 x 250w or 2 x 400w 14k or 20k halides!!!
Could still afford a very nice air conditioner and pay for the electricity for a long time
and go gamble for a while


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Old 07/20/2020, 11:11 PM   #7
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3 x 250w or 2 x 400w 14k or 20k halides!!!
Could still afford a very nice air conditioner and pay for the electricity for a long time
and go gamble for a while
4 x 250W MH:

4 reflectors $150/each
4 250W Mogul base 250W 17500 bulbs $80 each.
4 icecap ballasts $140 each

$1480..
Replace bulbs every 12 to 18 months $320.

Predicted 5 yr lifespan..( or more for the Coral care)
3 full bulb replacements after initial set....
$960..
+$1480

$2440..


12 AI Primes at an est "output equivalent" to 4 250MH's..
12 x 209 = $2508
12 x 60w = 720W

16 would "fit" a bit better (symmetry) $3344

for $1264 you could do 16 "black boxes".. and pay for the heaters..



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Old 08/17/2020, 03:52 PM   #8
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I would go with a big tank like that I would go with AI Hydras 52's with Reefbrite. Best combo for the price and quality. Once pairing with T5's or LED light strips for a secondary additive to your tank lighting you don't have to go with the ecotech since they are more expensive. If pricing isn't a issue I would go with Ecotech or Kessils A360x or AP9x. Good luck


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Old 08/17/2020, 04:37 PM   #9
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Thanks everyone. Ended up getting 9 xr15s at a good price. I'll post pics once I get the tank set up. All input was appreciated. Probably add some t5 in between if I need more light


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How the heck do you work in the middle part? Will it have a walkboard over it? Look forward to see pics of it. ��


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Old 08/31/2020, 03:14 AM   #11
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I would contact Logan at ReefBreeders and find out if l needed 3 or 4 Photon 50 V2+’s over it. Brilliant light and a piece of cake to control with it’s controller, no WiFi, Bluetooth, noises fans or any other grief involved ��, simple.


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Old 09/01/2020, 10:47 AM   #12
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Finally got the tank now plumbing begins. Ended up going with 9 xr15's. Will build my own mounting with 80/20 aluminum extrusion

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Old 09/10/2020, 02:44 PM   #14
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Looks like you made the right choice!


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