Creating the perfect lighting setup is one of the biggest hurdles newcomers face in the hobby. Why not take out the guesswork? We've asked a few of our long-time hobbyists for their recommendations based on their own trail and error-- they've done the experimenting, so you don't have to! Here, we've compiled Thomas' lighting suggestions for a 2ft long SPS-dominant tank.
Aquatic Life Coral Cover
For mid-sized tanks, hybrid lights have quickly taken over as the go-to lighting solution for nearly any reef setup. This isn’t hard to understand, since the combination of a widely dispersed light source creates even coverage, while the focused intensity and dynamic lighting effects of a pendant LED add the perfect compliment. Traditionally, Hybrid fixtures combine T5 bulbs with LED pendant fixtures. Thomas' Hybrid fixture of choice-- the Coral Cover-- actually utilizes LED diodes with presets that mimic popular T5 bulb combinations. This means less power draw and ZERO bulb changes, all while providing a wide blanket of supplemental lighting to reduce shadows. The Coral Cover is also App-controlled, so you switch up and adjust the spectrum and intensity easily with your fingertips. Each panel can be programmed and controlled individually and can tilt 15 degrees, ensuring the perfect setup to suit your needs.
Aqua Illumination Prime 16 HD LED Light
This package combines the supplemental lighting of the Coral Cover with two AI Prime 16 LED pendant fixtures. AI Prime 16s are one of the most popular LED fixtures on the market. They have the same excellent spectrum and App control as the larger Hydra units, but with a compact form and at half the price of most flagship fixtures on the market. Using two Prime 16s over a two foot tank rather than a single Hydra will give you the advantage of spreading out the distance between LED pucks, creating a more even light distribution with less shadowing. The Prime 16s are easily controlled using the free myAI App on any iOS or Android device.
AI Prime Hanging Kit
The bundle also includes two hanging kits for your AI Prime 16 lights. The AI Prime Hanging Kit is a simple, yet elegant solution to suspend the AI Prime light above your aquarium. The unique ball joint makes it easy to tilt, turn, and adjust the light to your coral's preference. Made from high quality aluminum with a black suspension bar.