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I'm planning on setting up a shallow 12" deep sps reef in the next month and have everything picked out besides the light. I was planning on going with a coralife quad setup just because my LFS has one for super cheap or going with a Hydra 26.... any advice/suggestions? Any input is appreciated.

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Mr. Microscope

How long and wide is the tank? Either should work, but LED's will give you more options for different looks (dimming color channels, sunrise/set, etc.).

 

Although, if you want to go the LED rout, DIY will give you better options.

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T5 if you want maximum growth and maximum color

LED if you want shimmer.....most people will tell you they get your corals to "POP" but in all reality it only last a couple of weeks than your colors fade and you have a very mute tank.

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SouthFlorida_Tron

Leds grow sps just fine. Let's be honest, color is what we desire most out of sps, hence why t5 is such a popular light for sps, it brings out their best and brightest!

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Hybrid.....best of both worlds. That is my end plan. I am starting a new tank right now. I chose to go with an ATI sunpower to start it off. Eventually, when I have the money, I plan to pull out the middle 2 bulbs and retrofit it with some of the NanoBox 13up boards. For the time being, I will get great coloration and growth out of the t5's and eventually add some shimmer and control-ability with the LEDs.

 

In the end it is really about what you want most out of your tank and coral.

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T5 you get great color, but you can also get.great color with leds so long as you have a good spectrum range. Look into jedimasterbens new build.

 

I just built a single cluster of:

 

2 luxeon M

2 rebel cyan

2 rebel lime

2 rebel deep red

4 rebel cool blue

4 hyper.violet

1 vero 10

 

Its an amazing light almost halide look.but can still.make corals pop. I am doing 4 clusters of that^^ over a 48x18x18 sps tank (maybe 1 more luxeon M per cluster)

 

I have had success with my full spectrum build with my sps. Great growth and color.

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A Coralife Quad T5HO will grow SPS just fine in a shallow tank. My old 35g (18" deep) was lit by one:

 

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LEDs would work well in your tank dimensions as well, but it will be a different look, more shadows.

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My problem with LEDs is the red corals look washed out. My strawberry shortcake acro is very pale with no green showing at all. And I have 2 of them from 2 different sources.

 

Greens, Blues and Purples look great however.

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Thanks for the responses everyone! I've still got some deciding to do, but I really appreciate all of the advice and experiences. I'm leaning more towards t5s just because my LFS has the fixture going for $125. I would upgrade the bulbs to aqua blue+ and the whole shebang. But we'll see...

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SouthFlorida_Tron

Not intensely blue but yeah haha

4 Bulb? Blue? 3 Blue+ 1 Coral+

Keep in mind, when using the coral bulb, it is a blend of 3 colors, aqua blue special, blue+, and purple+. I forget the exact percentages.

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T5 for sure... you could always add LEDs and make it a hybrid.

 

I just modded my 6 bulb Powermodule over the weekend.....

 

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masterbuilder

I just modded my 6 bulb Powermodule over the weekend.....

 

You know if you don't provide the details you will be hit with the ban stick ;)

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