MikeG's 10 Gallon Mini-Reef

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  1. MikeG

    MikeG Ex-Member

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    Well I decided that 3 tanks wasn't enough and I wanted to set up a small tank specifically dedicated to coral. Well and maybe one small fish, but I'll decide on that later. Going with a 10 gallon tank and I'm trying to decide between to different light fixtures, one is a 4-bulb T5 and the other is LED's (a knock off of the Marineland Reef Capable LED's) but almost $100 less. Here are the links:

    Odyssea 20" T5 - eBay - New & used electronics, cars, apparel, collectibles, sporting goods & more at low prices

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    Beamworks LED's - eBay - New & used electronics, cars, apparel, collectibles, sporting goods & more at low prices

    I'm open to opinions/suggestions on which one might be the better choice. The Beamworks LED's has the same number of LED's and Lumens as the same size Marineland Reef Capable and I have the Marineland on my 36 gallon and like it, but I think maybe the Odyssea 4-bulb T5 might be the better choice. Ideas???

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    I'm gonna use the two Hydor Koralia Nano 425's that are currently in my 36g (ordered Hydor Koralia 550's to replace them in 36) and will be picking up a heater tomorrow. Can wait to get this project started.

    Give me your ideas on the lights, I want to buy them this weekend so they will be here by the end of next week. Thanks.
     
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    Im a bit worried about your stand. Your tank is going to weigh around 100lbs when full and I doubt that your bookshelf is designed to support anything close to that.
     
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    beeguiles they call me fish geek ;p

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    I think the two 425s is going to be too much flow. I have two 240s and that's more than enough. Also I have the odyssea on my 10g and they are nice but I wish I would have gone with the leds instead. I say this bc Im looking to replace the bulbs but I cant find better bulbs anywhere that small. The leds might also look brighter too. I have the marineland reef leds on my 29g and I love them.
     
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    i think a 425 and a 240 would be better, but i like high flow having two 750s and a 400 on my 37
     
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    Lil, thanks for the concern but the "stand" is very heavy and solid and I don't think it's gonna be a problem. It's a lot more sturdy than it may look in the pic.

    Bee, check out Live Aquaria, they carry AquaticLife T5's in the 18 watts in the white 10,000k and 420/460nm actinic. I was worrying about the bulbs that came with the Odyssea too and found these. But I too have the Marineland Reef Capable and I like it and might go with the LED's on this tank.

    As for the flow, I was thinking that two 425's might be a bit of overkill, so I might just start with one and see how that goes.

    Any other thoughts on the lights?
     
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    beeguiles they call me fish geek ;p

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    Thanks mike ill check it out. Are those bulbs better than the stock ones or the same?
     
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    i used my stock odyssea lights on my 10 gallon and i was able to keep sps high up. the bulbs are portrayed as much worse than they actually are.
     
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    I have always been a big advocate for LEDs. I have 2 AI Sols over my tank and the LEDs look amazing. I do know that a lot of knock offs are able to go cheaper because their spectrum isn't the same as the real thing which may make growing corals hard (this is just what I have heard. I am by NO means an expert). I do really like LEDs though, they are much more energy efficient and give off very little heat.
     
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    I have a Odyssea PC fixture on my 60g with the stock bulbs and it has been just fine with them. If I went with the Odyssea T5 fixture I don't think I would bother changing out the bulbs till they got old anyway. Probably not worth the $ to change till they needed it.

    I do like the LED's (my MarineLand RC on the 36g) but I don't think I can afford the cost of AI Sol for a 10 gallon tank. And I'm not sure it's worth spending $165 on the Marineland 18' LED when I can get almost the same thing in a Beamworks 18" LED for $68.

    This decision is becoming tougher than I thought. T5 or LED??????:frustrat:
     
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    R3verb Time to add some coral!

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    Here is one thing to think about. With the T5 fixture, you will have to replace bulbs once a year. With most LEDs, you have to replace the entire fixture every 5 years. In the long run, usually the LEDs are cheaper.
     
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    Yea if the leds are the same exact thing as the marineland then I would pick the leds. More energy efficient, stays cool, takes less space, overall look is better IMO.
     
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    beeguiles they call me fish geek ;p

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    Actually...can you give me the link to those leds so I can check em out?
     
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    R3verb Time to add some coral!

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    The AI Sols are pretty awesome. If you wanted to do something from AI over your 10 gal (if you ever needed/wanted that upgrade) they have the AI Nano which would be more than adequate for a 10 gal tank.
     
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    Thanks, Mikme, Ive been looking for replacement bulbs for a CoraLife fixture Im planning to get for my 5.5! (Dont want something I cant rwplace bulbs in, ya know?)
     
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    Decided a week ago to move the tank to the kitchen (I know I'm a copycat), but I didn't like where I had it originally and needed something in the kitchen to watch beside the TV. Added some more dry rock and got a new light. Still waiting for the cycle to complete and trying to decide what I want to put in it fish wise. Saw a Tail Spot Blenny at the LFS on Friday and after a little research I think that's what I'm gonna go with when the time comes. Anybody have any other suggestions??

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    looks good, those leds sure are bright
     
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    Yay! Another ten gallon to watch! Fun! Can't wait to watch it come to life :)
     
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    Looking good!
     
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    You can also get them off of Aquatraders
     
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