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    Thoughts on Reef Breeders Photon 48 LED?

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    So here is an LED fixture I have been considering. It is a 48" unit that comes with controller and 102 3 watt LEDs of which you can customize your layout and its a very reasonable price ($500) and finally I would only have to buy one because its 47 inches long. What is good about this unit and what is not so good? Does anyone have any personal experience with any of the photon series lights from reef breeders?
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    Barrier reef and Red C both sell them. Lots of people use them with good results. The only difference between the ones reefbreeders sells and barrier reef is that the led ratios and colors are a little bit different. I'v seen the same photon series down at barrier reef and the value leds are Red C being used on frag tanks. Give them both a call and ask what they think about them, that is where you are going to get the widest range of results because they have to keep all different types of corals under those same leds.

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    I'll check it out.
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    Really when it comes down to between Reef Breeders, Barrier Reef and Red C, its all about what ratio of colors you want. I believe all three use the same base Evergrow LED platforms (I know Reef Breeders for sure is) and just customized here

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    I would ask everyone locally about being to customize the fixtures.
    Ad Oceans By Design to your list.

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    Ok so Red C, Barrier Reef, and Oceans by Design sell these fixtures with different combos of LEDs? I knew OBD has their Helios fixtures (which I don't see on their website anymore) but they sell these too? I haven't seen many (if any) people running these fixtures on here for all of these local companies selling them.
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    Call them. ...............

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    Well I called around and it seems nobody local sells this 48" version so I am pretty set on getting this from reefbreeders at this point unless someone local sells this same 48" version. Here is the stock layout of the Photon 48, I would like some opinions on whether or not to change it up a little bit perhaps add a few greens, mix up the whites, or change the white to blue ratio? I am thinking that the 120 degree optics will be the way to go as I plan on having this about 5" off the water due to my canopy. If some led guru's would chime in here it would be much appreciated.

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    Oh here are the colors/whites they have to choose from that are not included in the stock layout.

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    660nm Hyper red

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    Hmm I am looking at the layout and it seems it doesn't match what it says it comes with, it was a mixed up when I downloaded it perhaps I will see if I can correct it. Anyways you get the jist of how they are arranged.
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    I seem to have lost the ability to edit my posts? Mod help???
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    Ok so I talked to the guy a reef breeders and he said the confusion was created because they did not update the product description after they changed the layout to add more 450nm. Also I think I will just try the stock layout he said it was a 14k look at 100% on both channels.
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    I meant to add more 480nm, I have no idea why can't edit my posts anymore???
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    Hey did you end up ordering these? How are they? Pictures? I'm thinking about picking one up for my 90. Thanks

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    I bought the 24" reefbreeders fixture awhile back and I love them. Only use them over my 46 gallon bowfront and max I go is 45% whites and 65% blues. Love them so much I just ordered a 48" fixture to go over my 55 gallon in my office. Can't beat them for the price.

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