LED or Metal Halide.

Discussion in 'Metal Halide Aquarium Lighting' started by cody3819, Oct 8, 2015.

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  1. cody3819

    cody3819 Bubble Tip Anemone

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    Thanks, I want to have good growth and color but I have a few leathers so I don't want them to bleach. I believe I will go LED.
     
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  3. APC

    APC Gigas Clam

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    LED is the right choice for sure. MH are great lights - can't argue against that. LED are also great though. On a nano LED will save your temperature. LED is also a no hassle fixture. Plug it in, set it, and you are done. Period. For like 7-10 years. I have 4 AI fixtures on my 250. They have been up there now for well over 2 years. They work like a charm. I don't have to replace bulbs, I don't have to worry about temperature issues, and my corals (LPS, SPS, and Soft) all are doing great. I used to run MH and T5 fixtures and was having to replace bulbs all the time - expensive and annoying. Not to mention the power consumption. My 4 LED fixtures combined use less power than just one of the MH fixtures I was running....when I changed...you could actually see a difference in the power bill.
     
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    APC Gigas Clam

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    LED is the right choice for sure. MH are great lights - can't argue against that. LED are also great though. On a nano LED will save your temperature. LED is also a no hassle fixture. Plug it in, set it, and you are done. Period. For like 7-10 years. I have 4 AI fixtures on my 250. They have been up there now for well over 2 years. They work like a charm. I don't have to replace bulbs, I don't have to worry about temperature issues, and my corals (LPS, SPS, and Soft) all are doing great. I used to run MH and T5 fixtures and was having to replace bulbs all the time - expensive and annoying. Not to mention the power consumption. My 4 LED fixtures combined use less power than just one of the MH fixtures I was running....when I changed...you could actually see a difference in the power bill.
     
  5. civiccars2003

    civiccars2003 Great Blue Whale

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    Agree. My three MH lights @ 400W/ light makes for a very expensive electric bill. I would go all LED, problem is the upfront cost. For me to light my tank with LED's would run over 1000 bucks.

    LED is the way to go for your tank!
     
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    I agree civic, the upfront cost is the problem for me too. Plus, nothing looks like halide bro
     
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    cody3819 Bubble Tip Anemone

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    Yes, that's what kind of had me..... The MH looks so good! But after this discussion I am going with the prime. So thanks you guys for helping me make my mind up.
     
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    Reefbuilder Scooter Blennie

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    I just got a prime for my wife's nano and let me tell you what a light. That light packs a punch! I am running at about 25% because it's so strong.
     
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    cody3819 Bubble Tip Anemone

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    Awesome to know thanks! I will get one soon.
     
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    cody3819 Bubble Tip Anemone

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    Just got my ai prime. Thought I would show you guys.
     

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    How do u like it?