General How Big A Light?

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  1. Fats

    Fats Member

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    hey everyone. Looking at putting on either an AI prime or AI hydra 26 HD onto my aquaone minireef 150. Its a 150ltr cube. From what i read it seems the prime is bordeline ok this size tank. Since the tank is cube i feel the single ligth of the prime would give an even distribuation where as going the hydra would mean a more rectangluar distribution but obviosuly brighter....anyone used these lights on similar tanks? Thoughts?
  2. Sam Parker

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    To me, I like lots of light, so would be leaning towards the 26. However, if you are keeping more LPS corals than SPS corals, I am sure the prime would be enough.
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    I have the minireef 150 and i run a hydra 52 over it, I would say the 26 would work as well, the prime would not get the coverage required.
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    Two HD's would give you better option for spread wouldn't it? You can place them evenly apart...?
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  5. Fats

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    No sps at all yet...though still very early in the game
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    Woh at 52! didn't even consider that haha. Main reason you went the 52 over the 26? Dodnt think the 26 would be enough?
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    I picked up a cheap 2nd hand one that was only a few months old so it was worth it. I also had a 3fter at the time which the 52 covered well enough, then I got the minireef 150 and figured I can always turn them down. I've had this light now for around 3 years now and it's still going strong!
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    Like Azfish said, you can always turn the light down, but you can't turn it up past 100%.
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  9. Fats

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    Ended up getting the hydra 26 as got a great deal on it. Thanks for the advice everyone!
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    How have you found the light to be?? I'm getting a minireef 160 and was looking at a Kessil maybe as the lighting option.
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    I see a lot of people here in the USA getting rid of their Kessil lights and going with Hydras. the Hydras have a MUCH better spectrum.
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    Im loving it. Easy as to setup. Lots of settings to play with though, but thats half the fun! Haha. The Mariglo did ok but hydra definitely looks 1000x better.

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