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    I am in the process of designing my new reef tank and would like to get the views of MASA members regarding using Vertex Illumina lighting. Does the benefit exceed the cost or what is a suitable option to this?
     
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    What type of corals are you planning on keeping? Also, size of the tank?
     
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    All depends on what you want to keep, budget etc
     
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    @JS the tank will be about 1600 liters and I am planning to start with the easy soft corals like MUSHROOM CORALS, Leather Coral, Button Polyps and as the tank gets more established and me to expand.
     
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    In that case i would say if ypu can afford the vertex...go for it...its a awesome unit...and the softies and lps would love it...and the benefit would come i yearly when you dont have to replace expensive t5 or halide bulbs....youll also be able to grow sps successfully however as they get higger you might have shadowing...but then you can always supplement with a t5 or two...
     
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    Physical tank dimensions?
     
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    If you start off with softies and LPS then a single 1500mm unit will do the job. You are at the max of its spread and you will see some dark areas higher in the tank at the front and back so take this into consideration when aqua scaping. Later on when you stock the tank to the max you will need to add more light to fill in the darker areas. For this you can either add another 1500mm unit or add some 80W T5 tubes. The 1500mm unit covers 2m very well.

    My new tank is very similar in size. 2m X1.1m X 0.67m and I have a 1500mm unit and 2 X 300mm units on the tank. I have never regretted buying these light units.
     
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