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Which Lighting

Discussion in 'Lighting' started by candy1567, Mar 4, 2019.

  1. candy1567

    candy1567 Registered

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    Hi

    Just got a 50x50cm cube tank 160 litre and need to get a lighting unit for it.

    the original on that is supposed to be is 2 15w T8 tubes, but want to put LED unit in.

    Is there a easy way to make sure i get enough light for the tank, ive read about lumens, watts per litre, and all inbetween and am loosing the will to live, haven't even set up the tank yet!!!!

    could someone please suggest or tell me the wattage for the led strip unit i need

    thanks in advance hope it makes sense

    Juliex

    Forgot to say this will be a FOWLR tank
     
  2. jim_fitz

    jim_fitz Admin Staff Member

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    HI Julie

    if its a FOWLR lighting isn't really too important
     
  3. candy1567

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    thanks for the reply, ive always just had the normal tube lighting so there wasn't really any options

    but all the led light strips have different wattage, so would i need 2 strips of lower wattage or 1 strip, sorry for sounding blonde

    the tank had a bar across the top separating it into 2 halves so would be 2 lower wattage strips be better to get an even light source.

    Ive kept tropical fish for years but think am definately reading in to marine fish to much lol

    going to set it up as a FOWLR first, then most probs will all in corals down the line
     
  4. jim_fitz

    jim_fitz Admin Staff Member

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    no daft questions

    the light you are looking for is purely for your viewing purposes

    if you just had one there would be some light loss but nothing to really worry about just keep the brace (assuming it is glass) nice and clean


    choice of one or two i would say is down to budget

    but if you want to go for corals in the future lps or sps ? might be worth buying something that you can use with them that is controllable and say run it at 10% until you add the corals estimates of 10 years for led lights
     
  5. candy1567

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    thanks for the reply makes sense, i did this with the tropical fish when first setting it up, read to much and totally confused myself with the equiptment, levels, testing etc, but when i actually got into it, it wasn't as bad as i thought!!!!

    doing the same here, so thanks for stopping me in my tracks from tearing my hair out lol

    Juliex
     
  6. jim_fitz

    jim_fitz Admin Staff Member

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    plenty more chance to do that

    best to get it right at the start
     
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