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Hi thanks for looking !
I will soon be getting a Red Sea reefer XL-425 and I need some guidance on what lights to get. I want maximum coral growth and colours to pop ! I will mainly be keeping lps corals. I'm quite new to this I had a tank about 3yrs ago but only kept a peacock mantis shrimp with some live rock so I wasn't as concerned about the lighting. I haven't got a set budget I'm far from rich but if there's a amazing light that's abit pricey I'm willing to save for it.
Any help/guidance would be much appreciated


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Reply #1

I changed from maxspect razors to hydra 26hd light units and don't regret it, they are pricey but definitely worth it. Can't really comment on any others as not used them, Maxspect have the curve units out to replace the old razors and they have good reviews and do look very good , all I can suggest is save up for some decent lights.
What are you planning on keeping coral wise?
I keep low and sps mainly and have had very good growth since changing yo hydra hd units

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Hi Jay,

Red Sea have come up with the "deluxe" packages for their reefer tanks which have Hydra 26 HD LEDs with lighting brackets.

I would assume that Red Sea think these lights are the best choice. Regardless of whether that's true or not, I've done a lot of research on the 350 and I've seen a lot of blogs/videos/threads about people switching their lights from various brands to Hydra 26 HDs. It seems to be a popular choice for tanks of this size. I've not seen many (if any) that have swapped the hydras for something else though

The reefer 425XL is the same as the 350 but 2cm deeper (vertically) so I'm sure these lights would work well. You'd need 2 to span the full tank though.

With brackets, they're about £300 each. Pricey but they must be popular for a reason...

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Hi Jay and welcome to the forum, hydras would be a good choice if you can stretch to them.

I’ve always found mantis shrimps fascinating  8D

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Reply #4

You might find this interesting. This guy has tried a few different lights and has reverted back to the Hydras.
Here he explains why...

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I'm looking to keep mainly lps favia,acans,hammers,bubble,scollies,chalice etc.... will definitely be looking into hydras !!! Thanks for the video very interesting ! Everything's pointing towards hydras
Has anyone had any experience with current USA lights ?
I loved my mantis shrimp asco they are amazing it was when he died I folded the last tank in could sit there and watch him for hours !
Thanks again everyone !


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Current USA lights?


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Reply #8

They look ok, I havnt personally used the or seen s review I’m afraid so can’t comment on how good they are.


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Reply #9

Hi Jay,

I currently have a mixture of Hydras and Evergrow IT and have noticed that the Corals seem to be  growing much faster under the ITs.

The ITs don't have fancy features as the Hydras but they work really well and a lot cheaper!

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Hi Hai
Thanks I'll have a look


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Reply #11

Here's a review of the Evergrow. It is a long video but you can always skip the box opening lol

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Thanks everyone really appreciate the help


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