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Old 10/08/2021, 01:46 PM   #1
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Metal halide reflector for 30 inch tank

I have a 150 tall and after researching led vs halide I decided to go halide. My question is which reflectors will get the most bang for the buck? I want a SPS dominated tank with some lps and a zoa or two. Thank you.

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Old 10/09/2021, 12:34 PM   #2
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Careful, bulbs are getting harder to find.

250 gallon mixed reef, 2 Reefbreeder's Photon V 2, Deepwater BLDC 12, DAS EX-3 Skimmer, MTC mini cal, 2-3/4" Sea Swirls, Aquacontroller & 6 Tunze pumps.
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Old 10/12/2021, 08:11 AM   #3
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Old Lumenbrite larges if you can find them. And Hamilton still stocks bulbs.

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Old 10/22/2021, 01:11 AM   #4
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They do seem hard to find although there seem to be a lot of people who still prefer halides. I hope enough go back to halides so they start making bulbs in greater quantities. Then again considering we can't even keep food on the shelves who knows. That said I wish corals did better under LEDs but even now halides seem better for coral health and considering that my reef will be SPS dominant with a maxima or two and maybe even a magnifica anemone I want the best lighting possible over this reef. It also helps that halides just look better.

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Old 10/27/2021, 07:49 AM   #5
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I put a single 400 on a 36"x24" tank by cutting a luminarc in half and extending it using mirrored AL sheet. Made the reflector about 30x20 if i remember right. Worked great and I had no shadows.

I made my own reflectors for my old 300g (36x72) and used 3 of them the size above.

For simplicity sake, Id just grab any of the decent brand reflectors and add some LED supplements.

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