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Hi mate is that £1000 per light or totally? There's lots of great brands out there, if you look at vega or hydra and even eccotech you are looking around £500 per unit, then over a 6 ft tank you would need 4. There's a massive choice. Maxspect Razors are also good I think @Marty has two over his 6ft tank and has good SPS growth. Not sure how much they are though.
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I think one persons perception of "best LED" will be different to another. Depends on what you want with regards to gimmicks, gadgets etc or just a light that ramps up and down and grows corals. There is also the question of aesthetics and what you like the look of...individual lights or a single fitting?
Also don't automatically assume that spending more means better performance as I found out. I have seen people with really good coral growth using the so called "cheap Chinese" brands whereas my £1800 Vertex turned out to be, quite frankly, crap!

EDIT: I'm not saying Vertex can't grow corals...maybe it's just me lol

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Hi mate is that £1000 per light or totally? There's lots of great brands out there, if you look at vega or hydra and even eccotech you are looking around £500 per unit, then over a 6 ft tank you would need 4. There's a massive choice. Maxspect Razors are also good I think @Marty has two over his 6ft tank and has good SPS growth. Not sure how much they are though.
Yes I do have 2 over my 6ft looking at around £800 ish for a pair ill let the picture talk.

I was looking at changing but why mend what not broken.
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That is one sexy tank right there!  8D

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They come with mounting brackets mine are the Maxspect Razor R420R 160w lights they are now 180w I believe as mine are the older version they look exactly the same though just new ones have more power :)

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+1 for Razors.  I have 2x 130W over my 4x2x2 for two years, and I've bought another for my upgrade to 6fter.  If I didn't already have the 2x 130Ws, I'd buy two of the 180W 15,000K versions.  They're absolutely silent, and have masses of power, great colours, and solid build.  Also, their customer service is very good.
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Buy the razors and money saved can be spent of corals ;)

I have grown everything under mine and my SPS grow well so why spend even more money as a lot of the top lights are just to willy wave like oh look my lights can be controlled with my phone or laptop ect.

But corals like stability and I've only tweeked my lights a few times and im happy with the results.

The picture is an SPS frag low down in my tank 2ft from the lights and as you can see it's clearly happy by the polyp extention :) so why spend more then you need to !!

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Reply #8

Pictures speak 1000 words ;)









And a growth comparison of around 4 months I believe the second picture I just took and a lot of polyps are closed as lights right down at this time



And now



There is others I have growth comparisons off as well.

I do however also use balling method with a 7 channel doser but if the lights where not upto it then growth would be slow !!




   

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Balling is a process of keeping magnesium, alkalinity and Calcium in check by dosing in simple terms.

Google Tropic Marin Balling :)

I've also never heard of the light mentioned so can't comment.

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You won't regret it.
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You defo will not regret the pictures above show they are good enough for the job and I have the 160's!! The 180's are the newer ones which I will upgrade to as and when these pack up if they ever do !

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Reply #12

good choice. i too am a razor man. cracking light !!! i have one unit on my 3ft so will be the same light spread you will be getting.

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Reply #13

hehe, I get good growth in my tank and i use a combination of cheaper lights :) 4x Custom Par38's and two 16w Zetlights.

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Reply #14

No they have to have a power pack each and both be programmed independently.

These are my current settings may be of use to you :)

1 : 9:00    : A - 0%       :   B - 1%
2 : 12:00  : A - 25%     : B - 55%
3 : 15:00  : A - 100%   : B - 100%
4 : 17:00  : A - 75%     : B - 100%
5 : 21:00  : A - 15%     :   B - 60%
6 : 23:30  : A - 0%       : B - 0%

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