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On a totally unrelated note I had to do a u-turn :)

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Hmm.... I mean what could be the worst possible outcome be? Then again I live in California :D

You know what is funny is that I have driven by this damn road many, many times and it wasn't until the other day that it caught my eye. Then today I passed it and did another double take so drove further on up the road (great Johnny Cash - or Eric Clapton / Slow Hand - not sure who wrote it), stopped, and took that :)

So now every time I see it I think of a virtual friend and fellow hobbyist. All the best to you and yours! Country road...take me home.
 

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I think I am going to splurge on the lights a bit.

The "cheaper" option is the 60'' 6x80W SunPower T5 Light Fixture:

I think I would go with the 6 bulb setup on this guy so I would be around $250 Cheaper than the Giesemann.
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But the man alive the DIMTEC Giesemann Matrixx II 8x54watt T5 is really calling to me too...

This one has 8 Bulbs but I would only run 6, It does have Bluetooth and also has the dimmable features. Its sexier too. I think this fixture will hang from the ceiling so there will be no canopy on this tank so i would like it to look nice.

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Ugh... Anyone have any suggestions for lighting at or under 1k?
 
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I think I am going to splurge on the lights a bit.

The "cheaper" option is the 60'' 6x80W SunPower T5 Light Fixture but the man alive the DIMTEC Giesemann Matrixx II 8x54watt T5 is really calling to me too... Ugh... Anyone have any suggestions for lighting at or under 1k?

reefbreeders always seems like the most economic option the longer the tank is

Photon 50-V2+ - ReefBreeders.com
 

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reefbreeders always seems like the most economic option the longer the tank is

Photon 50-V2+ - ReefBreeders.com
I am thinking I want to go T5's this go round. I cant seem to grow jack under my AI's so I am going back to the tried and true. This is a really great option though... Hmmm...
 
I think I am going to splurge on the lights a bit.

The "cheaper" option is the 60'' 6x80W SunPower T5 Light Fixture:

I think I would go with the 6 bulb setup on this guy so I would be around $250 Cheaper than the Giesemann.
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But the man alive the DIMTEC Giesemann Matrixx II 8x54watt T5 is really calling to me too...

This one has 8 Bulbs but I would only run 6, It does have Bluetooth and also has the dimmable features. Its sexier too. I think this fixture will hang from the ceiling so there will be no canopy on this tank so i would like it to look nice.

View attachment 74897

Ugh... Anyone have any suggestions for lighting at or under 1k?
Call me old fashion but I don't like dimming T5's, I reckon it ruins the tubes much quicker! The sunpowers are still some of the best lights in the hobby but holy 💩 is it hard to beat how nice Giesemann make their lights!! lol All in all, I offer no help in the choice because both are amazing hahaha
 

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reefbreeders always seems like the most economic option the longer the tank is

Photon 50-V2+ - ReefBreeders.com
I could combine one of these with a Giesemann Stellar T5 Hybrid LED Retro Fixture... Or I could just run LED's and get over myself. I know all of you guys are growing Coral under LED's so clearly that isn't the issue.

Maybe run 2 of the Philips CoralCare Gen2 LED before they are gone. I was told these were super awesome lights but at the same time I heard they didnt put out a ton of light for SPS. Hel maybe IO go with two Sky's... Would blow my budget through the roof and not sure if it would really be worth it.

Otherwise I could simply design my own and put together a 6 bulb retrofit kit together and call it a day. This would certainly be the cheapest option.
 

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I think I am going to splurge on the lights a bit.

The "cheaper" option is the 60'' 6x80W SunPower T5 Light Fixture:

I think I would go with the 6 bulb setup on this guy so I would be around $250 Cheaper than the Giesemann.
View attachment 74896


But the man alive the DIMTEC Giesemann Matrixx II 8x54watt T5 is really calling to me too...

This one has 8 Bulbs but I would only run 6, It does have Bluetooth and also has the dimmable features. Its sexier too. I think this fixture will hang from the ceiling so there will be no canopy on this tank so i would like it to look nice.

View attachment 74897

Ugh... Anyone have any suggestions for lighting at or under 1k?
Hard to beat an ati t5 fixture
 

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Got the Itch and went and bought my Lumber. This thing is all but ready to go together. I blame this and having to take care of half a million tanks on why the Drawing hasn't happened along with any videos! Sorry all, I have a new toy!!
 

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I think I closed this thread down long enough to scare the Aussies away.

So we are starting our build tomorrow on this! I am hopeful that I can get the entire stand framing done tomorrow. It may be a bit ambitious but I think we can do it since I have everything planned out. I have come to a decision on where the tank will be as well. I am very excited about it and I hope that it turns out as nice as I envision. It will be set up kinda greedy as I will be the one enjoying it 99% of the time so I figured it would be fine.

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I decided to build the tank into my desk!! So I will be able to look down 6 feet of the tank while I chill at my desk! All my videos will have the tank behind me as well so that will be super fun as well! I am going to move my desk out about 2 feet so this location works best for my space as well. Sooo it's a win-win!

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Also, I got my New/Used Light from @Tamberav !! I picked up a 60" 8 Bulb, ATI Sunpower as I had been looking for one for a long while. The thing is a MONSTER!! Even Wholesale those suckers are expensive, so to pick this up Second-Hand is Ideal! That means this entire build is a 2nd Hand build / Budget Build! That is my favorite kind of build no doubt about it!! So thank you very much for working with me, I think all in I will be about $290 into the light, of course, I have to pick up the Bulbs so that will be spendy but I am cool with it as I want new lights to grow all those beautiful corals for my fish to eat... Am I right @mattzang !!??

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So, let's get this thing started!!! I am excited as I believe I have everything I need outside the sand and the rock.
 
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