Long Tentacle Anemone LED Lighting

Discussion in 'Clownfish & Anemones' started by kcm4, Dec 28, 2017.

  1. kcm4

    kcm4 New Member

    I purchased a long tentacle anemone for my 55 gal community tank (probably expanding to at least a 75 at some point) and was wondering what people's favorite LED lighting was and if mine was enough. I have a Beamswork DA 0.50W Series LED Pent Aquarium Light 48" from Amazon (link is: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B016P93O2A/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o06_s02?ie=UTF8&psc=1). It's rated 10000K white and Actinic 460nm. Is this enough for it? I want to eventually look into other anemones and corals, is this strong enough for some or should I return and invest in another light? I am looking into only LEDs because they last and don't heat up the water. Any suggestions?
     
  2. jay0705

    jay0705 Administrator Staff Member

    For leds and nems its generally you get what you pay for. You need high end leds for a nem. They need alot of light. Most folks like kessils. That said some people swear by the cheap chinese box leds. Biggest issue is durability, but long term and quality. Kessil
     
  3. 2quills

    2quills Administrator Staff Member

    Unfortunately I don't think you'll have long term success with that fixture in regards to anemones.

    Some of the cheaper Chinese fixtures work because they use high powered LEDs. But they use low quality ones that don't tend to last very long.

    I've been running my aqua illumination fixtures for 5 years now and I haven't had to replace a led or power supply yet (knock on wood).
     
  4. kcm4

    kcm4 New Member

    Thanks for the suggestions! Looking it up they're definitely on the pricier end, which makes sense for the quality, but I also found some others off a list of best LED lights that seem a bit more budget friendly (article link: https://aquariumadviser.com/best-led-lighting-for-reef-tanks/)
    One in particular caught my eye:
    Current USA Orbit Marine Aquarium LED Light (https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00GFTQDQ...QaanHBt91MFIsXA&slotNum=0&tag=aqualedlight-20)
    Any opinions on that light or the others listed? I'm looking to spend ideally less than $250 and definitely want something with a timer that will reach the bottom of my 55 for my anemone and hopefully some corals eventually. I know you often get what you pay for, but I also know I shouldn't need anything crazy fancy at this point- though I am trying to think ahead :)
     
  5. lmforbis

    lmforbis Administrator Staff Member

    The problem is anemones are one of the most light demanding sea creatures. You might be OK with a current USA but I have doubts.
     

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