need 90 gallon lighting recommendations!

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  1. zackscott20

    zackscott20 Fire Shrimp

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    Me and my friend "stoney waters" are each thinking of getting 90 gallon reef ready aquariums from our lfs. Good deals goin on. Me and him can't decide on lighting. We may possibly put build threads also. But we need recommendations for the lighting.

    Would 6-bulb T5 be good enough? or LEDs? or metal Halides? or maybe something else?

    We just need your help. Thanks!;)
     
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  3. ComputerJohn

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    What are you planning on keeping in coral? I have an Aqua Medic 8x54w T5 fixture with I can grow anything. MH can grow anything as well, but your going to have heat and higher electrical bill. LED are nice, but IMO are still unproven and are very expensive.

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  4. zackscott20

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    I plan on keeping soft corals, in the meantime i was looking at aquatraders.com , and there lights seem reasonably priced, any opinions on there odyssea lights?
     
  5. ComputerJohn

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    On lighting I wouldn't go cheap to save a few bucks. I would check out the for sale section here. There were a few 48" fixtures for sale.

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    +1 to ^

    You can also look on craigslist or ebay and find some excellent deals on good T5, MH, and T5/MH combos as many SW hobbyists are turning to LEDs.
     
  7. Mobalized

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    I found a tek 4 bulb with legs on craigslist for 200 dollars. I will probably just pull the actinics and use 4 ati blue plus bulbs or something similar once I decide to put coral in the tank.
     
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    Im sure you'd be fine with a 6 bulb fixture. Look at TEK or ATI ones. they are good fixtures and powerful too.
     
  10. zackscott20

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    It won't let me view the for sale section ???
     
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    your too new still, its only opened for those who have been around here for a little, im not sure the exact specs on what u need, its some number of posts and/or length of membership here. but with time you will just keep active here,
     
  12. mikejrice

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    You could really go with any one of those lighting types and get great results. The biggest difference is going to be start up cost and maintenance cost. T5 will be the cheapest to start up with followed by halide then LED. Maintenance cost will be cheapest for LED then t5 and lastly halide. Lighting is an investment that will effect the outcome of your tank over the long term, so be sure to research a lot before you buy. Is there a price range you were looking at?

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