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Lighting for 90 gallon

I'm upgrading to a 90 gallon (48" L x 18" W x 24" H). I want the tank to be heavily planted with a carpet, so I need high light. I have CO2. I'm trying to figure out what lights to get, or if I should get LED or T5. I want a nice spectrum and my reds to pop.

I prefer LED, mainly because you don't need to change the bulbs and more energy efficient.

I was looking at Twinstar S series, but I don't think it will be enough light for a 24" deep tank (21" or so with substrate). ADA RBG is too far out of my price range, especially that I may need two. Is there any other options that have a nice spectrum around $500?

Another issue is the tank has a 8-10" canopy. Can you still do a hanging or leg fixture?

Thanks for your thoughts
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I'm upgrading to a 90 gallon (48" L x 18" W x 24" H). I want the tank to be heavily planted with a carpet, so I need high light. I have CO2. I'm trying to figure out what lights to get, or if I should get LED or T5. I want a nice spectrum and my reds to pop.

I prefer LED, mainly because you don't need to change the bulbs and more energy efficient.

I was looking at Twinstar S series, but I don't think it will be enough light for a 24" deep tank (21" or so with substrate). ADA RBG is too far out of my price range, especially that I may need two. Is there any other options that have a nice spectrum around $500?

Another issue is the tank has a 8-10" canopy. Can you still do a hanging or leg fixture?

Thanks for your thoughts
https://sbreeflights.com/sbox-reef-l...eme-wifi-.html


Off the top of my head suggestion..Timer model is cheaper and below your $500 price point.
https://sbreeflights.com/sbox-reef-l...pro-timer.html




Does the tank have braces part. brown or black ones.

How many and where? Well the how many sort of answers the where..

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The tank is euro braced and has glass around the edges. I'm not sure on the size. How do people usually do lights in a canopy?

I'm not sure I like the spectrum of the sbreef lights, but I've only seen a few videos and haven't seen in person. I'll do a little more research on them tho, thanks. I'm willing to go a couple hundred over $500 if it's a good quality light that will last. Figure a 4 bulb T5 retrofit would be $400+ with bulbs, or $600+ for a 6 bulb. Then I would need to replace the bulbs every year or so for $100+.

I was looking into maybe two Chihiros Vivids but I don't see too many sellers.
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The tank is euro braced and has glass around the edges. I'm not sure on the size. How do people usually do lights in a canopy?

I'm not sure I like the spectrum of the sbreef lights, but I've only seen a few videos and haven't seen in person. I'll do a little more research on them tho, thanks. I'm willing to go a couple hundred over $500 if it's a good quality light that will last. Figure a 4 bulb T5 retrofit would be $400+ with bulbs, or $600+ for a 6 bulb. Then I would need to replace the bulbs every year or so for $100+.

I was looking into maybe two Chihiros Vivids but I don't see too many sellers.

OK so look at 3 AI Prime freshwaters..
https://www.aquaillumination.com/pro...ime-freshwater

$600 plus and roughly equiv to 4-5 "tubes"..3 tubes in watts.. 4-5 w/ delivery/watt efficiency as long as you run them at full..

80 degree lens so optimally should be placed w/ lens at about 9"..
Might be tight in a canopy..and of course most DIY something as to mounting..
To be honest best to put them on top of the canopy..w/ your size.

If you go 2 Fluval 3.0's (118W total for 2) you can use these brackets to attach to the top.
Or just drill holes and put your cable through.
https://www.marineandreef.com/Fluval...CABEgKik_D_BwE
Note: suggest 3..
Data:
https://coolfish.network/fluval-plan...anted-24-7-cc/
https://barrreport.com/threads/led-l...on-tank.16021/

Keep in mind w/out a clear pic of how your canopy is designed this is a lot of speculation..

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