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Old 13-04-12, 09:28
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whats the best lighting ati, T,5s or 2x400w lumenarc

hi guys im in the middle of buying a 30inch deep tank its 6ft long
what would be the best lighting as i want a reef ?
would ati,t5s do it or 2x400w lumenarc ?
i know the lumenarcs dont look that good but do they do the job or not
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Old 13-04-12, 09:43
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whats the best lighting ati, T,5s or 2x400w lumenarc

If your going SPS then two Lumenarcs all the way. If not then an ATI.
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Old 13-04-12, 13:12
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I'm lighting my 30' deep tank with a 10k 400w lumenarc mini and going to accompany it with t5's possibly 2x 4x24w ati's to add the blue ect mines only 3ft long
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Old 13-04-12, 13:42
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whats the best lighting ati, T,5s or 2x400w lumenarc

I use a ATI 6x80w on my 6ft tank it's 24in deep works a treat mate and you can have all different coloured tubes to meet your desires lol
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Old 13-04-12, 14:18
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mmm i do like the mix and match of bulbs and i would get that with the ati ....but need to be sure it can do the 30inch as dont want it dying on the bottom
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Old 13-04-12, 14:52
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i would def go for the ati i have a 4ft 6 bulbs 54wt each and have all dif couler looks fab wouldnt have anything eles
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Old 13-04-12, 17:15
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yeh i know what you mean as i said mine is an 80w unit and my tank is 24in deep and it cuts through that no problem you would need a 54w-80w unit to penetrate enough
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Old 13-04-12, 17:16
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Old 13-04-12, 20:13
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You will have enough punch down to the sand for Lps easily with an 8x t5, 6 x might be pushing it at 30 inch deep. If you went for a 10x especially if powermodule you could grow sps pretty much all Tge way down IMO, I have a 10x kz coral light on my 30 inch deep, I have lps on Tge sand and montipora grows easily around 6 inch above sand, acropora a little higher generally. Advantage of t5 is the colours it brings out of your corals- and it's easier to tweak. You have to be loaded for a 10x80w pwermodule dimmable though!
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Old 14-04-12, 10:04
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thanks lads still not sure what to do still who has lumenarc as im still looking in that direction as as led reach around 20inch and loose it slowly after that so think i have to get lumenarc no choice
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