Im getting a decent size tax return
and after I pay off a certain stupid speeding ticket
, I think I'll (still) have enough to buy a new light!
But I haven't been light shopping for a couple of years and I need help navigating the modern units. You all seem to have a wide array of light fixtures to be able to help me out, hopefully hahaha
(Im partially writing down the following so I remember what I wanted/what I need as Im looking because I forget things really easily)
WHAT MY TANK DEMANDS: not much. I have two fixtures currently. I alternate between using the two whenever I need to replace a bulb but want to procrastinate a few more months. One two-bulbed T8 fixture and one two-bulbed T5 fixture. Both have one blue actinic and one 10000K daylight. Both have one on/off switch that controls both bulbs so it's light or no light.
I have in my tank: 3 fish that are accustomed to the aforementioned lighting levels, one Kenya Tree coral that could probably care less about light as long as I feed him, some zoas slowly being overtaken by hair algae, and a sun coral that doesn't like me anyway and only slightly comes out after I hold krill near its mouth for what seems like an eternity. He's in a shady spot and so also probably wont care about the light I buy.
WHAT I'D LIKE to do is get more corals and get that crazy cool effect that really brings out the colors and makes it pop. I'll probably start with something small like ricordias or mushrooms or zoas or palys, but I want the cool effect I see in all yall's pictures
Which I always assumed was the actinic lighting? I know for sure I want a new fixture that lets me differentiate which bulbs are on. Example: have just actinics on for the last 3 hours of the day. And I want a tiny moonlight I think, but that's not a deal breaker.
Im concerned about LED lights because supposedly they never go out and you never have to change them? It sounds good but I don't know how they guarantee that the LEDs put out the correct spectrum the entire time because with regular lightbulbs you have to change them after 8-10 months.
Im also shying away from ones known for getting hot just as a precaution.
So here's the real question: What do you guys have or have had in the past and what did you love or hate about it/them? And do you have any recommendations for me?