Year’s Worth of Coral Growth Under LEDs


By now I’m sure you’ve come to the conclusion that we love LED lighting used as primary aquarium illumination. It’s a relatively newer technology with a mile long list of benefits and very few drawbacks. Despite these benefits, many hobbyists are still on the fence about LEDs, especially those with reef aquariums dominated by SPS corals and other high light demanding organisms. It’s understandable to have doubts about new technology that seems too good to be true, but we’re here to tell, rather show you just how well LEDs do over a full blown reef aquarium. The video above, from The Black Reef, shows a year’s worth of coral growth under Ecoxotic LEDs. The 90-gallon mixed reef aquarium houses plenty of Acroporids, along with several Montipora species and a wide variety of LPS corals. The corals all look great under the LEDs, with a lot of the corals positively glowing. The aquarium’s owner goes on to say that a pair of actinic T5HO light bulbs were added to the system “for additional power”, though I’m sure they are probably used more for color enhancing purposes or to create a dawn to dusk effect.


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