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Old 09/25/2018, 06:49 PM   #1
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Cheapest lights to grow coral?

I recently upgraded from a biocube to a 90 gallon custom made tank. I have everything set up except the lights. I find that lighting is probably the most expensive part of reefing, and I was wondering what the cheapest type of lighting is that could cover a 5 foot long tank and be able to grow LPS and softies. I don't really care about customization, I just want corals to be able to grow under them. Any info you can provide is appreciated

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Old 09/25/2018, 06:54 PM   #2
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Probably a pair of mars aqua lights is about as cheap as it gets for that tank

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Old 09/25/2018, 06:56 PM   #3
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Yep..2 of the 165w black box leds or 1 x 300w from Amazon/ebay..
Commonly called Chinese Black Box leds...mars aqua, viparspectra, and many more companies

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Old 09/25/2018, 06:58 PM   #4
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I have 2 mars aqua and they are great. Growing sps, Los and zoos with ease

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Old 09/25/2018, 08:03 PM   #5
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These are cheaper than MarsAqua, but a bit better IMO. They are almost identical to ViparSpectra unit (difference being that this one has 2 UV lights, and 2 red LEDs are in a bit of a different spot)

I got these, but havent tried them yet, as I havent started with setup.

PS: Dont trust "last one" as it said the same thing when I bought mine. 2 more sold after as you can see.

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Old 09/25/2018, 09:24 PM   #6
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Check out Awesome lights and very affordable

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Old 09/30/2018, 01:53 AM   #7
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I've been running a pair of SB Reef LEDs over my 120 for a year or so. I've had great results with LPS and zoas and pretty good with montis. They're another brand of the Chinese black box lights but they claim to have stricter specs and do seem to be of better quality. For the price, I really like them. Google sbreefs.

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Current Tank Info: 120 g reef. Deep sand bed (4 - 5 inches) and approx 40% by volume rock. 2x 250 watt dimmable LED light fixtures. 30 g refugium/sump w/ mineral mud, sand, and cheato. Approx 750 gph through sump. Skimmer: Skimz Monzter SM203.
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