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I currently have a Fluval Aquasky led unit for my tank (1st gen with bluetooth remote - not the app version). Can anyone tell me if this is good enough for soft corals and maybe lps’s in the future?. I have another unit which I could add to it but first need a replacement Fluval power adaptor for it. Is this worth doing or is there a cheap unit I could buy to add to this setup?

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Hi mate I have the same light and have been told it’s no good for corals at all


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What are the tank dimensions, do you have a lid? If so what type?

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It’s an aqua one 195 litre tank with enclosed lid. It’s 68cm w x 52cm d.
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Hmmmmm maybe possible with a high enough rockwork but wouldnt do LPS unless its low light. Stuff like tongue corals, fox corals and bubble coral. I love them but they're not going to win beauty contests. You could do Zoas but like I say you'd need them in the top 3rd. So a high Zoa Arch? Long and high branch covered in Zoas?

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You got a pic of your set up? I may be going mad but doesnt that come with a T5 unit?

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It was a second hand tank but it looks like the t5 unit was disconnected so I could always look for a replacement unit. Are t5’s ok for corals and still low voltage? Saying that tho, a replacement unit seems to be quite expensive so are there any suggestions of an cheap light to back up my Fluval one ?
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It was a second hand tank but it looks like the t5 unit was disconnected so I could always look for a replacement unit. Are t5’s ok for corals and still low voltage? Saying that tho, a replacement unit seems to be quite expensive so are there any suggestions of an cheap light to back up my Fluval one ?

T5's will grow Corals and grow them well. It depends on the look you like. I'd run it 3 Aquablue and one actinic T5 Bulb.
T5's typically are around the 15-16K colour temp mark, LEDS these days seem to run in the 20k region. The T5's generally are not as blue


How cheap we talking? 18W Par38 Bulb with Gooseneck would set you back about £45, 168W Luxbird (Chinese Black Box) £90.00 plus you'd need hanging or mounting kit.

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