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Thread: what lighting to retrofit my 29 biocube with?

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    what lighting to retrofit my 29 biocube with?

    i recently acquired a 29 gal bio cube the HQI model. would lit to loose the HQI lighting and switch to led.... but which model. i understand everything is suspect to personal opinion!! i also know we have some of the most knowledgeable people in our club!! so i am torn between buying a AI prime, or maybe a hydra 26 i don't think it needs a Hydra 52 or maybe an other brands also.. i just used the AI brand they seem to be pretty budget conscious for the most part. anyone else done this? if so i would greatly appreciate the advice and knowledge!!
    thank for any info you have.


    plan on tank being prdomiantly lps maybe some sps and zoas also, a pair of clowns, and some barnacle blennies

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    Does the HQI have a hood? I'm not sure of that model. its usually about fitting in to the tank and getting good coverage. i have a Xr15 pro over my little 20 gallon frag tank and the light spread is not large enough to grow things well at the corner with out going higher than there mounting arm can go id have to use a home made mount to get the light spread they way i want.
    so consider mounting as well.
    Four individual systems Right now.
    Modified Red sea 250 with attached 20 gal frag system XR15 pro light on FRAG tank, combo t5 reef bright led on main tank, now @100 gal total mostly sps tank, auto WC, Custom life reef filtration system Fuge and skimmer. KALK ATO chiller mp10's.
    30gal red sea 130d lps/softies/anemone tank, kalk ato, reef bright led strip.
    40 quarantine set up.
    500 total gallon marineland 300 DD main system 18 months old now and stabilized. T5 VHO lights/ BLUE led strip, Fully custom built LIFE REEF sump and FUGE, AWESOME 60" tall skimmer, and 1000+ gallon rated custom Ca reactor, attached SPS frag system and LPS frag system.
    I am expanding into this one ATM bit by bit,

    Still lots to learn about the hobby but I have amassed a great collection of real beauties and a FRAG saw will be in my future I think. I have broken past the stage of keeping things alive and now there actually growing out. Which is a big hurdle for many beginners I must admit. Good information and advise is hard to get sometimes and the club has done wonders with respect to quality advise and help in the hobby.

    THANKS Orlando Reef Educators Organization!!!!

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    here is the type it isClick image for larger version. 

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ID:	4148i think i am just gonna hang the next light instead of mounting to the tank

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    sorry for the sideways pic

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    That looks fine to me seem you well on your way to a reef tank.
    Four individual systems Right now.
    Modified Red sea 250 with attached 20 gal frag system XR15 pro light on FRAG tank, combo t5 reef bright led on main tank, now @100 gal total mostly sps tank, auto WC, Custom life reef filtration system Fuge and skimmer. KALK ATO chiller mp10's.
    30gal red sea 130d lps/softies/anemone tank, kalk ato, reef bright led strip.
    40 quarantine set up.
    500 total gallon marineland 300 DD main system 18 months old now and stabilized. T5 VHO lights/ BLUE led strip, Fully custom built LIFE REEF sump and FUGE, AWESOME 60" tall skimmer, and 1000+ gallon rated custom Ca reactor, attached SPS frag system and LPS frag system.
    I am expanding into this one ATM bit by bit,

    Still lots to learn about the hobby but I have amassed a great collection of real beauties and a FRAG saw will be in my future I think. I have broken past the stage of keeping things alive and now there actually growing out. Which is a big hurdle for many beginners I must admit. Good information and advise is hard to get sometimes and the club has done wonders with respect to quality advise and help in the hobby.

    THANKS Orlando Reef Educators Organization!!!!

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    thats the metal halide light it came with i would like to switch to a good led one that can grow lps and sps

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    Try n add a VHO all blue reef brite strip maybe. thats the best of both worlds if you ask me. Color benefits of the blue led spectrum growth of the halide.
    Four individual systems Right now.
    Modified Red sea 250 with attached 20 gal frag system XR15 pro light on FRAG tank, combo t5 reef bright led on main tank, now @100 gal total mostly sps tank, auto WC, Custom life reef filtration system Fuge and skimmer. KALK ATO chiller mp10's.
    30gal red sea 130d lps/softies/anemone tank, kalk ato, reef bright led strip.
    40 quarantine set up.
    500 total gallon marineland 300 DD main system 18 months old now and stabilized. T5 VHO lights/ BLUE led strip, Fully custom built LIFE REEF sump and FUGE, AWESOME 60" tall skimmer, and 1000+ gallon rated custom Ca reactor, attached SPS frag system and LPS frag system.
    I am expanding into this one ATM bit by bit,

    Still lots to learn about the hobby but I have amassed a great collection of real beauties and a FRAG saw will be in my future I think. I have broken past the stage of keeping things alive and now there actually growing out. Which is a big hurdle for many beginners I must admit. Good information and advise is hard to get sometimes and the club has done wonders with respect to quality advise and help in the hobby.

    THANKS Orlando Reef Educators Organization!!!!

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