LED's for 30 gallon long Reef tank...

Discussion in 'LED Aquarium Lighting' started by ReefKC, Jul 25, 2015.

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  1. ReefKC

    ReefKC Plankton

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    Hi guys/gals, I'm somewhat new to the hobby.
    My wife used to own a pet store 15yrs ago (closed 1yr before we met), so a LOT of things have changed/evolved since then.
    Especially lights!
    From what I've gathered from all of the knowledgable forum members, LEDs are the way to go with our setup.
    We're just not sure which model is best, or if a DIY setup is the way to go.
    (The Maxspect Razor r420r 160watt have been recommended for the size of our tank, but very expensive).
    We have a 30gal long reef tank.
    36L x 12Wx 16H

    Any help would be GREATLY appreciated!
    Thx,
    Jeremy
     
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  3. Corailline

    Corailline Super Moderator Staff Member

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  4. ReefKC

    ReefKC Plankton

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    THANK YOU for taking the time to reply & help me out!

    As far as livestock...
    What we have now is:
    3 Bangai Cardinals
    3 Camel Shrimp
    2 Brittle Stars
    1 Goniopera
    1 Carpet Amemone
    2 Crabs/4 Snails


    We plan on getting:
    Diamond Goby
    Watchman Goby
    Ruby Red Blenny/Dragonet
    & Possibly...
    Raccoon Butterflyfish
    Sailfin Tang &/or Hippo Tang
    Bubble Mushrooms
    Frogspawn
    LPS's


    I've looked into the Orbit Marine LED 36"-48" (model 4102) and really like it.
    But I don't know if I'll regret later not getting the Maxspect Razor r420 160watt LED.

    I can get a new Orbit Marine for $145 shipped, or a Maxspect Razor that has been used for 2 months for $300.
    What would you all recommend?

    Thanks again for all your help & suggestions!

     
  5. Vinnyboombatz

    Vinnyboombatz Giant Squid

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    In a 30 gallon tank? No tangs. Racoon butterfly's get quite large.
     
  6. Anthony Danta

    Anthony Danta Spanish Shawl Nudibranch

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    I run the current orbit on my 46 and I have a higher end led on my 38 my opinion is the current looks nice but I have not seen any growth from it I have been running the 38 for 2 months or so with the higher end led and it blows the current out of the water colors pop way more and I am seeing noticeable growth I would go with the better fixture now rather then later just my opinion