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What Refugium Light to Get?

Discussion in 'Lighting and Equipment' started by SeaMonkey, May 15, 2019 at 12:11 PM.

  1. SeaMonkey

    SeaMonkey Copepod M.A.S.C Club Member

    So the time has come to get a new refugium light and wanted to see what everyone else is using or would recommend.
     
  2. SynDen

    SynDen Shark Staff Member M.A.S.C Club Member M.A.S.C. B.O.D. M.A.S.C President M.A.S.C Webmaster

  3. SeaMonkey

    SeaMonkey Copepod M.A.S.C Club Member

    Currently I only have cheato in it. The fuge is part of the 120 gallon sump and takes up roughly 17 in x 22 in x 17" deep. The main tank is 180 gallon. I would like to stay under $100 for the light.
     
  4. SynDen

    SynDen Shark Staff Member M.A.S.C Club Member M.A.S.C. B.O.D. M.A.S.C President M.A.S.C Webmaster

    2-3 of those clip on lights with grow bulbs would do just fine then, and be under $100.
     
  5. SeaMonkey

    SeaMonkey Copepod M.A.S.C Club Member

  6. SynDen

    SynDen Shark Staff Member M.A.S.C Club Member M.A.S.C. B.O.D. M.A.S.C President M.A.S.C Webmaster

    Ya either of those would work pretty good I think, and fairly reasonably priced. The puck would be great over a refugium, with a similar output to the bulbs i mentioned but a smaller footprint.
    I could see using 2 of the 200w lights to make an awesome Algae scrubber too
     
  7. Cherub

    Cherub Shark M.A.S.C Club Member

  8. Dr.DiSilicate

    Dr.DiSilicate Kraken Staff Member M.A.S.C Club Member M.A.S.C. B.O.D. B.O.D. Member-at-Large

    I’m using one of these. My fuge section is about 14x16” it grows cheato well. [​IMG]


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  9. SeaMonkey

    SeaMonkey Copepod M.A.S.C Club Member

    The Kessil H380 would be great but just don't want to spend that much on a fuge light. Thanks for the suggestion Dr. I will look into it.
     
  10. Cake_Boss

    Cake_Boss Orca M.A.S.C Club Member

    eBay has some options for a used kessil, they’re running 10% off coupon


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  11. Bdk1786

    Bdk1786 Amphipod

  12. flagg37

    flagg37 Copepod M.A.S.C Club Member

  13. TheRealChrisBrown

    TheRealChrisBrown Tuna Staff Member M.A.S.C Club Member M.A.S.C. B.O.D. B.O.D. Member-at-Large

    I bought a PAR38 style plant bulb like this one and I must have had it too close to the water/spray and it shorted out. I didn't really examine it too closely when I bought it a month ago, but there wasn't any kind of lens cover over the LED's. So I sent it back and got a refund and bought the one @Dr.DiSilicate recommended. And I'll probably mount it a little higher this time :)
     
  14. SeaMonkey

    SeaMonkey Copepod M.A.S.C Club Member

    Thanks for all the recommendations!
     
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  15. TheRealChrisBrown

    TheRealChrisBrown Tuna Staff Member M.A.S.C Club Member M.A.S.C. B.O.D. B.O.D. Member-at-Large

    I just installed the panel one that @Dr.DiSilicate recommended and I like it better. Plus it's higher off the water so it shouldn't get any spray and short out!
     
  16. Dr.DiSilicate

    Dr.DiSilicate Kraken Staff Member M.A.S.C Club Member M.A.S.C. B.O.D. B.O.D. Member-at-Large

    Mine didn’t work well until I got it about 6” from the water. I also got a ton of water on it and it’s fine.


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  17. flagg37

    flagg37 Copepod M.A.S.C Club Member

    Be thinking about how to direct and contain the light to the fuge area. The more it spills into the other areas the more likely you’ll have algae growing in them too. I used to get a bunch growing on my skimmer.
     
  18. neil82

    neil82 Sardine M.A.S.C Club Member

    Hey sorry, I don't mean to sidetrack the thread, but how do you embed a link in the post like you did?
     
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  19. SynDen

    SynDen Shark Staff Member M.A.S.C Club Member M.A.S.C. B.O.D. M.A.S.C President M.A.S.C Webmaster

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    The Link button in the top bar of the reply window
     
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  20. Shaunv

    Shaunv Sardine M.A.S.C Club Member

    For years, I had always used a compact fluorescent bulb in a metal reflector that you can buy at any hardware store. They seemed to work really well for growing Red Dragon, dragons breath, and Dragons tongue. I went through quite a few bulbs and 1 reflector due to the salt water. I now have a Kessil H80 but since I am going to have a much longer refugium, I will need to get 2 lights probably.
     

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