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  1. Sheldon77

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    good day All.

    can anyone give me an idea on what kind of lighting i should be looking into for my tank, its a 45x45x45 cube tank.
    are there basic rules that can be applied?

    thanks
     
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    Depends what you want to keep and what your budget is.

    You'd be looking at led units as you don't get T5 in 45cm length.

    You get basic LEDs with just on off functions and less intensity.

    You then get high end units with cloud, dimming functions and high quality LEDs giving off the correct spectrum.
     
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    thanks @TaahirS, im starting off so looking for now at a reef tank with soft coral, and fish.
    i have looked at some trying to get an idea of what im in for, and the range on the lighting is massive.
    the tank im getting has a light but apparently faulty dont know if you can fix a LED?
     
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    http://www.powerlabaquariums.co.za/#!light-modules/c1qen

    Scroll down to the led section. 36 watt would be perfect. Even if you want to start keeping hard corals.

    http://www.jungleaquatics.net/#!onl...qua-Illumination/p/52790682/category=13868750
    These AI primes are higher end. If it's in your budget I'd go for this. Also very suitable for hard corals.

    http://www.jungleaquatics.net/#!onl...R15-XR30-XR30PRO/p/46402628/category=12014337
    The XR15 pro is also high end and would be great for sps as well.

    http://www.thewaterboy.co.za/virtuemart/pgxso-product-details/prx-561/ctx-129.html
    This zetlight should be OK for softies only. However if you want to keep hard corals at a later stage you will have to upgrade your lighting.

    My opinion, just go for a light that can support hard corals as well. You will want hard corals after you get the hang of it.
     
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    great thanks, i see LED last much longer, is it something that you can pick up second hand? or would it be better to buy new
     
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    You could get something second hand
     
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    cool thanks hopefully one pops up, and please excuse my lack of knowledge here, i see alot of the smaller ones have 3 "programs" is that day( whiteish light) Night (blue light) and the there is red light is that to simulate twilight times?
     
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    Most lights do have different channels for different colours. Never heard of red being used on its own though.
     
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    Great thanks, atleast my tank still has to cycle so can hopefully get a good deal and hopefully get a good light.
     
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