Led fixture recommendations

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  1. TNTFishy

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    Hello everyone! Joined today and here’s my first post.

    I have a rimless 36x 18x 20h. It as a 10x8 center overflow. Currently using an ATI 24 inch , 6 bulb T5ho fixture. On roughly a 500-600 budget, I’ve been looking at 2 AI prime hd with flexible tank mount arm. Bulk Reef supply says it’ll be fine. I also considered the Reefbreeders Photon V2 32. Stretching would be a single Hydra 52 but recommended spread is 30 inches max.

    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. sfsuphysics

    sfsuphysics Supporting Member

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    I think the Prime HD should be fine within your budget constraints, one over each 18" section of the tank should be nice for light, 2 of them even comes in under your budget by a bit such that you could add a 3rd if you wanted. Ultimately it depends on your tank layout and the corals you want to get, not sure I'd run 2 Primes with a full SPS tank, but I'm from an older school of reefing where we kept 250-400 watt metal halides over each 2' section of tank :D

    Other options in your budget might be the 150W Maxspect Razor X, if you go a bit over your budget (push it to $700), 2 Hydra 26HD or 2- Kessil 360WE would be a good choice, although I'd lean more towards the Hydra since it has 2 clusters which spreads things out a bit. And ultimately that's going to be the main issue with 2 fixtures, is you want to think about potential shadowing.
     
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    I like the idea of being able to spot 2 had primes around my center overflow somewhat. However, not sure they are strong enough. Sps would most like be at upper 3rd of tank. Reefbreeder looks pretty powerful. Hydra 52 looks good but does one have enough spread? I’ve read many good things about each of these.

    Anyone have some pics to share? It would be great.

    Thanks!
     
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    2 primes will work for that small footprint. 2 26’s would obviously have more punch, and a little better coverage, but I think you would be fine with 2 primes.
     
  6. bluprntguy

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    I have a single old AI hydra 26 (95 watts) over my 24” x 18” tank. It rarely goes above 50% power and I can fry some demanding SPS in the hot spots. I think you’d be fine with two AI primes (110 watts total). If you are buying these new, you’d be getting the HD version that allows you to overclock some colors if you wanted so you’d be able to use the full power and get your preferred light color.

    18” x 18” coverage is the “preferred” coverage area for one prime and AI says you can cover as much as 24” x 24”. It seems like you are well within what these can handle. I’d honestly be surprised if you ever ran these more than 75% power even with SPS in the upper regions.
     
  7. Rostato

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    Honestly, your t5 fixture is probably good enough. Just mount it higher...
     
  8. TNTFishy

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    Thanks Rostato. I’m tired of paying for the darn bulbs and want the tunability of the LEDs.
     
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    I have 12 AI-primes on my 72"x28"x28".
    It is definitely overkill as far as PAR, since I have to turn them down.
    But the extra are really helpful for nice even light coverage.

    Colors are great.

    LED controls are a bit quirky at first, but work well once you get all the master/slave stuff set up.

    The one thing I don't like is the fans.
    Not as quiet as I would like. Need cleaning. And one seems to be dying.
    Replacement fans are cheap though.
     

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