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Hello,

I am in the process of upgrading from my current 20 tall to a 50 gallon deep blue ( 36x18x18 ). On the 20 I have a finnex ray2 and a current satellite+. The new tank will be 2 inches deeper and I want to be able to grow a carpet like I currently do. I have been considering getting two 36" ray II or possible 2 chihiros 901s. Does anyone have a suggestion for this size tank and depth. I do run co2 and do ei fert dosing.

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Looks like these are getting good reviews from other members. The existing lights I plan on reusing for another tank so it looks like two of those might tick all the boxes. Thank you! I am still open to any other suggestions.
 

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2 of these is the ultimate fw setup.. but at $700/pr certainly not the most economical..
EcoTech Marine Radion XR15 Freshwater Pro Super Spectrum Smart and Stylish | DrsFosterSmith.com

$648 will get you 2 Halos..
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B012SXHM2...t=&hvlocphy=9019191&hvtargid=pla-338193395994

Hopefully the Radion will put some price pressure on these..;) For $50 less than the above.. not competitive really...

$450 will get you a SBReef fw extreme..
https://sbreeflights.com/16-freshwater-plant-lights/41-sbox-pro-16-timer.html

after that you are looking at 2 "basic" light bar types..

There are prob. 1/2 doz other brands that will do in pairs (only due to the width and coverage recommendation)
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01LFF0878/ref=twister_B01LFF08QO?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1

2 or 3 .. $110-$160.

Chiros.. 4 set the other way...
https://www.amazon.com/Chihiros-Aquatic-Aquarium-Output-20-60cm/dp/B010LVQVZK

ect..
 

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2 of these is the ultimate fw setup.. but at $700/pr certainly not the most economical..
EcoTech Marine Radion XR15 Freshwater Pro Super Spectrum Smart and Stylish | DrsFosterSmith.com

$648 will get you 2 Halos..
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B012SXHM2...t=&hvlocphy=9019191&hvtargid=pla-338193395994

Hopefully the Radion will put some price pressure on these..;) For $50 less than the above.. not competitive really...

$450 will get you a SBReef fw extreme..
https://sbreeflights.com/16-freshwater-plant-lights/41-sbox-pro-16-timer.html

after that you are looking at 2 "basic" light bar types..

There are prob. 1/2 doz other brands that will do in pairs (only due to the width and coverage recommendation)
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01LFF0878/ref=twister_B01LFF08QO?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1

2 or 3 .. $110-$160.

Chiros.. 4 set the other way...
https://www.amazon.com/Chihiros-Aquatic-Aquarium-Output-20-60cm/dp/B010LVQVZK

ect..
Sorry to rehash an old thread
I'm looking for the same as op
Would a 36" tank really need a 32" sbreef light? Wouldn't the light just cause an algae farm.

My question is why not just the 16" spread seems good.

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Sorry to rehash an old thread
I'm looking for the same as op
Would a 36" tank really need a 32" sbreef light? Wouldn't the light just cause an algae farm.

My question is why not just the 16" spread seems good.

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16in will not have enough spread. 32" can be turned down. I would honestly give SB reef lights a pauce. they seem great at first glance but i've been hearing some people having them regret the purchase. personally if it were me if I wanted nice higher end lights i'd look at these options in decreasing cost amounts)

2x AI Primes Fresh Water
2x 36" FLuval Fresh and PLant 2.0 with wifi controller if you want sunset/sunrise)
2x 36" planted 24/7 (the new programmable model)
2x CHirros lights, this might not be a half bad way to look, there medium range lights are quite nice form what i've seen and I like the one I have over my nano tank.
2x 36" beamswork Fspec DA (5 row series) can be contorlled with a few different led controllers if you want sunset/sunrise
 

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Not if dimmable..
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@ 6" off the water line you cover about 16+6+6 =28" at the water line..
Personal preference a bit but much depends on "trying" to get the most light into the tank and less light outside the tank AND not create any dead spots at the top..
So to cover the tank you would need to raise it to about 10" off the water line .
F/B coverage is now about 28" ..10" past the 18" dimension..
lower it to decrease the light spill and you start cutting off some of the edges of the length..
May or may not be "tolerated".
Granted most of this is in the first few inches of the top..

16" will work (has enough power) but the geometry is a bit err.. difficult..depending on what you will or will not tolerate.
I try to recommend, to the best of my ability, an "optimum" configuration.. not "the only" one...

 
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