lighting for new rimless shallow reef

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  1. SApicoreef

    SApicoreef

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    hi guys

    in the planning stages of my 75 x 75 x 40 cm shallow reef tank. I'm wondering that lighting I should use but i don't want to hurt my pocket too much but want to have sufficient lighting for my reef. i could get 2 of these 60cm, (2ft), 4 x 24watt Reef Octopus quad T5 units. would the be enough? also if there is any better unit available for under R3000 i will consider that.

    thanks guys and please help
     
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    Tobes Retired Moderator

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    Go get yourself the Vertex Illumilux LED unit from Submariner - I bought one the other day and it is awesome, paid R2500 - not sure if it's still the same price. I know he advertised the same secondhand units for much cheaper.
    You never have to change globes again and it only uses 36 watts of power :)
    You can also add another unit later if needed.

    Give him a call ;)
     
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    Ok thanks so much and I will keep this in mind. I think I will have to get 2 of these and that would be a bit too pricy.

    Is there any other options?

    Thanks
     
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    What are you planning on keeping? I think give TSR a call and you can talk about your options. You could get solarmax T5 units and later on add the LED units and they link together to form one unit!

    I was there the other day and the colour from that LED unit and the vertex is simply amazing!

    The solarmax T5 units have individual reflectors also
     
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    Ok I've sent him a pm and hopefully we can sort something out.....I was just planning on keeping some softies, LPS and some easy sps....I m not sure if just one of thes lights would be enough but just out of interest sakes how much would the solarmax t5 unit cost and how many t5's does it have

    Thanks
     
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    @SApicoreef phone TSR otherwise you will wait quite a while until you get an answer. There are different configurations of the solarmax T5 units but I think they are a bit cheaper than reeftek. Go to the sponsors section and look in TSR's threads, you should find the solar max light units
     
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    PM Sent
     
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    ok thanks and is there any other option as these lights are a bit out of my price range right now
     
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    also do you know where i could get any of these lights second hand or a little bit cheaper. thanks guys
     
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    Hi SAPicoreef

    The most affordable route would be to go with a single 250 watt Metal halide unit.

    You are looking at R2669 this is inclusive of the globe.

    The light is modular so you can add T5 to it later.
     
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    Well I have got the cash now so which would you rather do for my system..... 3 solar max units or 2 vertex units......I don't care about the price but just for the corals

    Thanks
     
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    2 Vertex units :thumbup:

    Best investment I made on a light unit so far :)

    Will add another one later on
     
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    ok.... that sound like a plan

    thanks for the help guys
     
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    2 vertex buddy ive got one on my 600 cube and ive got a few montis and agro's in there.
    they seem to be loving it. must still get another one soon
     
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    thats a bit expense for me to buy three at 2900 each and also the solarmax is cheaper for three and they have a dimmable thing to give sunrise, sunset and also lunar so i think I'm probably going to go with the solarmax as they seem to be better for less
     
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    The solarmax lights are very good quality units and due to the price decrease they are very affordable.

    Another bonus is they are fully modular so you can clip on Solarmax T5 units later to had more punch to your corals by adding fiji purple or actinic globes.
     
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    ok thanks and sent the pm

    thanks for the help guys
     
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