Our Lights.

We've been through our fair share..... par what?!

When we start our first 45 gallon tank, all we were concerned with was learning how to maintain a saltwater tank. We knew we wanted clown fish, some softies, and maaaaybe a clam. Well, after many trials and tribulations, we finally got something going that wasn't just a tank full of algae. Our first light that helped us with our "success" was what is now well known as the 165W Viparspectra. Arguably, we had the best success with this light to date.

When we decided to upgrade our tank, we picked the Red Sea Reefer 350 for a myriad of reasons. Primarily, we wanted something that looked super sleek with a sump. This also led us to light #2 - Current USA Orbit Marine LED Aquarium Light.

This light was great looking, but we shortly found out that it wasn't going to grow much more than the softies we already had and we were looking to get into acros and a clam or two. We considered going back to Viparspectra, but then after reading up in Reef2Reef forums, we found Noopsyche K7 Pro 2 LED. It received raving reviews on spectrum and value. We had success with black box before, so why not!

As you can see, we paired it with the Red Sea LED Pendant set up for the same reason as before - looking for something super sleek and clean. We had 2 units at first - set front to back/width-wise. It didn't cover enough length of the tank. We then tried to make some makeshift brackets so that we could sit them length-wise. Not pretty.

We even added a third light to get more light and tried to fill in more void. Still no bueno.

SO after several iterations, we designed our own tray adapters to really give it that finished look. We took it a step further and added integrated fans. They are plugged into our Neptune APEX and set to turn on when tank temperatures hit 82F. Let's go summer! We're ready!

If you like how the lights look and are curious how the coral like them, check out our other blog posts and judge for yourself! Keeping it super simple....reef on!

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