Difficult led choices... Please help!

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  1. Visser

    Visser MASA Contributor

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    Hi guys & gals!
    Im currently between a rock & a hard place on a choice for a led light unit for my newly rescaped nano cube.
    The tank dimentions are: 550 x 500 x 450mm (water depth of 425mm)
    The cube is 75% sps & the rest is a mixture of polyps & some nice LPS that will make up a small section on the bottom of the tank...
    I currently run a 150w de mh over the tank, & has been great for medium intensity lighting, but as im moving towards sps only tank & im looking for brightly colored sps's, i need something more...

    The choices that im considering:

    #1 Vertex illumina sr260-300 (120W max with multicontroller) at R7490
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    #2 Kessil A350 Tuna Blue (90W max) at R4907
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    #3 Ecotech radion xr30w (130W max) at +-R7000
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    #4 Maxspect razor R420r 16000K (120W max) at +-R6000
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    #5 Maxspect razor R420r nano (60W Max) (price not available as not yet released)
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    #6 Pacific Sun Triton R2 (175W max) +-R10000 (added afterwards...)
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    My question is this:
    I know the wattage isnt a true indication on the light emmitance with leds, thus im looking for the unit with the best PAR readings at the depth of my tank to grow sps with!

    Please indicate only if you have a good idea / (experience with any of these units) of what could be the best unit for my tank or which other led units could work for my tank size with high par output!
    Anyone with leds & sps tanks, please give your experience!

    Thanks in advance!

    P.s. I am totally indecisive on which unit to choose as they all seem to be able to do the job, & all have great reviews for keeping SPS, so this can probably go any direction!!!
     
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  3. jaquesdp08

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    Have been using Vertex last 2 years.. Had 4 diffrent models and its the only i will use... No other light unit gives you the capabality to remove and add Led panels.

    you have wireless connection to the unit with an excellent program to program day,night,clouds..

    And you dont get better Customer Service..
     
  4. Visser

    Visser Thread Starter MASA Contributor

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    Thanks @jacquesdp08...
    What size unit do you have & do you keep sps with high light requirements?
    Where did you buy the unit?
    What is the pc program called?
     
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    Visser Thread Starter MASA Contributor

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    Anyone out there keeping sps under radions or razors?
     
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    I have the Sr360 and had the SR1200 before i sold the system..

    My current cube is SPS only,My tank is 70cm deep and have no problems..

    program is called VLINK
     
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    Carlos had radions befor he upgraded and they grew fine.
    Henk has the maxspec over his tank with some sps
     
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    Visser Thread Starter MASA Contributor

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    What do you think would be better for my tank with sps @HenkHugo between the 120w & nano razor?
    @carlosdeandrade, what is your opinion of growing sps under the radions? What did you replace them with & why?
     
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    @Visser i have the 160w 16000k and mostly sps getting nice growth and colour and PE. You are more than welkom to come by and have a look
     
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    I have a 300mm Sr360 and it is an excellent unit. You can add an extra module of UV if you like and the v-link gives good control of the light manager. The units are also future proof when newer technology become available. speak to Nathan from TSR .
     
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    Visser Thread Starter MASA Contributor

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    Thanks @CarlosF, can i take up your offer & perhaps meet you of friday afternoon at 5-6pm? Very keen to see its performance!
     
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    i have the orphek dif 100 and getting the atlantik unit, awesome lights

    pacific suns are the bees knees as well
     
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    On that depth the sr260 will be more than enough light. The rating for that light iirc is par of 260 at a depth of 50cm. I sont like the spotting effect of the radions but that is personal preference. I have the sr260 over my display tank and a sr200 over my frag tank.
     
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    Visser Thread Starter MASA Contributor

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    Thanks @durleo, will give them a call.
    What size tank are you using it on? Whats the water depth? Do you grow any sps under it?
     
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    the SR360 can go over 800mm easy.. my tank 70cm deep and have got a green milli growing super and nice PE
     
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    I have 3 units the 300m runs on a 750 cube and has just softies and zoas. The 2x900mm units run on my 2m reef with extra UV pads. I have had a lot of changes in the tank but the sps are starting to grow nicely. I would recommend that you slowly acclimatise the corals to the new LEDS.
     
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    Radion build quality is brilliant and software is ok. They just look the best as well.
     
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    i run a dif 100 on my 1000x1000 cube and no probes, and its the cheapest and best unit i have owned
     
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    Thanks @dallasg. Who is the suppliers, or did you import yourself?
     
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    Thanks @mariusmeyer, i must say that your tank is looking amazing under the sr260!!!
    At what percentage is the sr260 set for your tank?
    Thanks
     
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    At the moment the whites are on 47%, blue 63% and royal blue 60%. Still lots more to come out of it.
     
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