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LED Light Recommendation

Discussion in 'Reef Talk' started by bolbag, Jun 18, 2017.

  1. bolbag

    bolbag Non-member

    Hi Everyone,

    Can anyone recommend an inexpesive LED light sutible for corals, 72 gallon bow front.
    Open to other types of lighting but find LED to be pretty inexpensive.

    Thanks!
     
  2. Aros

    Aros Well-Known Member BRS Member

    Some of the older Ai Hydras are great and pretty cheap. A couple of those would do pretty well over that tank. I have one with a wireless controller going up for sale soon. Let me know if you're interested.


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  3. gurumasta

    gurumasta Senior Moron BRS Member

    What are you keeping for coral?

    Easier corals will be less expensive on lighting...
     
  4. bolbag

    bolbag Non-member

    Thinking mostly soft corals initially, but not entirely sure given that I am a newb.
     
  5. dz6t

    dz6t Acro Garden, BRS Sponsor BRS Member

    If you go for eBay blackbox led, you can light your tank for $200 or less for a pair of those.
    If you go for AI, Radeon etc premium led, the cost adds up really fast.
    Try to avoid those led sold primarily in fish store such as Petco, brands including Current, Fluval etc. Those are poorly designed and over priced.


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  6. cilyjr

    cilyjr Chris 2017 president Staff Member Moderator Officer BRS Member

    If you have any thoughts of keeping an sps reef in the future buy for that goal to avoid buying an entirely new lighting system in a few months or a year.

    To save money consider buying used
     
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  7. bolbag

    bolbag Non-member

    Was thinking this "216W Dimmable LED Aquarium Light Fish Tank Reef Coral Full Spectrum Remote Lamp" found on Ebay. Can't post links to auction sites, correct?
     
  8. dz6t

    dz6t Acro Garden, BRS Sponsor BRS Member

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  9. Nixperience

    Nixperience Well-Known Member BRS Member

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  10. AlbertG

    AlbertG (BadPapi) Staff Member Officer BRS Member

    those led are junk it will be a wasted of money, . for that tank if you want the cheapest that works you need to get at least mars aqua or something on that range Chinese box led those can do trick like dong say .
    they go from $80 to $165 each which you going to need two .
    believe me we all been there thinking that its a wasted of money getting those more expensive led,t5, or metal halide . but believe me if you stay on the hobbie long enough you to will realize what we are saying here .
    best recommendation
    from cilyjr To save money consider buying used
    from dong Try to avoid those led sold primarily in fish store such as Petco, brands including Current, Fluval etc. Those are poorly designed and over priced.

    i wish i knew all this when i start it to buy stuff for my tank .
    also you on the right place asking questions before you buy . so good luck on whatever you decide to buy .
     
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  11. aresangel

    aresangel Well-Known Member BRS Member

    +1 on the mars aqua or similar style led. I got used ones for nice and cheap and they are so much better than my fluval reef and sea. That light is about good for fish only even though they market it as reef and sea...

    Good luck!


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  12. SaltCreep

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  13. AlbertG

    AlbertG (BadPapi) Staff Member Officer BRS Member

    by looking at the classic one seems to me your buying the same light just a different label but i could be wrong .
    now the pro ones or the elite have a timer and they seems to come on different size.
     
  14. dz6t

    dz6t Acro Garden, BRS Sponsor BRS Member

  15. Docstach

    Docstach Well-Known Member BRS Member

    I have had decent luck with the budget Chinese black boxes from from https://www.reefbreeders.com/ or like MarsAqua (though I have never tried those specifically). I forget the company name I used off of AliExpress.
     

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