Reefbreeders LED Question

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  1. andywyeth07

    andywyeth07 Bristle Worm

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    I am starting a 110G mixed reef tank. The dimensions are 48x18x30.

    I've been told a 32" 200w fixture with 90 degree optics will work but i'm concerned with the edges being darker as well as the bottom since the tank is 30" deep.

    I plan on just starting out with softies however down the road I want to add LPS and SPS.

    What do you all think about the 32" fixture for my tank or should I get (2) 24" fixtures.

    I would love to only buy one fixture but if i'm going to have to upgrade down the road I would rather just bite the bullet now and have lighting the will suit my needs in the future.
     
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  3. 2in10

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  4. Annie3410

    Annie3410 Teardrop Maxima Clam

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    I would get 2 16in fixtures.
     
  5. Reef Breeders

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    Beat me to it :). 2 16" units with 90 degree optics would suit you much better than one 32" unit, mostly due to your tanks depth. You should not have trouble keeping sps.
     
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    I can attest to this, I have a 16" over half of the same sized tank and its PLENTY. I have another system over the other half, but 2 of the 16" would be perfect
     
  7. andywyeth07

    andywyeth07 Bristle Worm

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    Alright, so it sounds like (2) 16" units will be the way to go. Another factor that I have a question about. I don't have the option of hanging these fixtures from the ceiling, they will have to be under my canopy. I plan on getting some 1" x 1" painted steel and spanning the tank and setting these units on that. So the units will only be a few inches off the tope of the water. Is this okay and do I still go with the 90 degree optics?
     
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  9. cosmo

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    they come with a hanging kit that you can use in your canopy;) I wouldn't use the steel method at all, gonna be a PITA when you're getting in and out of your tank.

    and def the 90, IMO
     
  10. Annie3410

    Annie3410 Teardrop Maxima Clam

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    http://www.3reef.com/forums/showthread.php?t=144022
    This thread shows 2 16" fixtures hanging in my canopy. I agree that having them rest on something close to the water would be a PITA. That's a recipe for a fryed tank and a ruined fixture. All it takes is one fish startling u while feeding for the fixture to be toast.
     
  11. andywyeth07

    andywyeth07 Bristle Worm

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    I like the way you mounted those. Looks very sturdy. Ill have to wait until my canopy gets back from being made. I can't remember what the top part looked like, if it had molding on the top or if it was just flat. I guess if its just flat, I could add moldings to hide the supports angles.
     
  12. cosmo

    cosmo Giant Squid

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    DANG, that is a amazing mounting job.

    but I think you'll be surprised how light these lights are, its not as hard as you think it will be;)