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Led lighting on a budget?

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Hey all,

So I have been running aqualina lights on my five foot tank (had 4x55 watt 10k/450nm bulbs and a moonlight) for the last six years but it seems line my light enclosure has died on me. I've been looking for led replacements but not quite sure what I can get on a budget that would mimic my old lights at least.

My tank is pretty deep (3 ft deep) and has no plants. It's a african cichlid tank with a variety of mbuna. The advice I keep getting from lfs's is to go for radeons but that seems a bit over kill for lighting. I mainly want to mimic the actinic lighting and be able to hook up timers to both the moonlight and day lights.

Anyone have suggestions? I was looking at the aqualina mr range (150cm) but that's a bit pricey at around $550. Found some beamworks hi lumen on ebay but don't think they will be powerful enough to get to the depths of my tank.

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Maybe take a look at makemyled.com.au and ask for a custom job?

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Sorry should have updated, I'm planning to buy a mr series led aqualina (custom job) five foot. The guys from aqualina came back to me with a few recommendations. I hadn't realised they could do custom jobs as well.

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I know this post is s few months old but thought I'd mention there are some decent LED aquarium lights on eBay. I bought a 4 foot one for $80 and it looks great.

Old light

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New led light

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New led light with moon light

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The blue looks better than that, it's the iPhone trying to adjust the picture that has made it look blurry

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2 of the 4 foot long petworx multi spec would look mint, and help make all the fish colours pop. $139 each but yea mention Aquariumlife with us and we do a 10% discount :)

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Just build your own. Way cheaper. Checkout King of Diy on YouTube. I built one and it's awesome. Cost less than $50 and has uses RGB LED with remote control. Looks great.

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Sorry, should have replied earlier, ended up going for two sp120 pros from aqualina. Work a treat, just wish the software allowed you to sync profiles for lights between multiple lights.

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