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    JBJ Nano HQI Retro

    Hey guys, first post. I have been in to saltwater tanks since I was SR in H.S ('97-'98), but unfortunately 8 years ago I had to sell my 55G, to help fund my divorce. I am finally ready to get a new tank. I have been contemplating on a JBJ Nano 28G. Originally I had planned on getting the 27W LED intermediate and thought that after a year of running a balanced tank I can upgrade the lights, with either TrueLumen Pro strips or a retrofit kit. I thought about getting the Pro but it's out of my price range right now and I also have read that the LEDs are not dimmable and they have been known to bleach corals. However, I may have the opportunity to get a JBJ 28G HQI at a really good price and, I was thinking about just getting the LED retrofit to upgrade the lighting. So I was wondering everyone's thoughts on the below scenarios:

    Goal is to have a established reef tank, with SPS, LPS, Clams etc...

    I have a cat and a 6yr old boy, so I really would like to keep the enclosed hood.

    Scenario 1 - I get the HQI and upgrade the lighting. Does anyone have experience with either of these three retrofits and which one would everyone recommend?

    JBJ HQI to LED 75W - http://www.nanotuner.com/contents/en...J_LED_DIY.html
    JBJ HQI to LED 75W (looks to be similar t the Nano Tuner) - http://jbjledretrofitkits.com/conten...D_DIY_Kit.html
    RapidLED HQI to LED (not sure of wattage) - http://www.rapidled.com/jbj-nanocube...-retrofit-kit/

    Scenario 2 - I purchase a new JBJ 27W Intermediate tank and eventually update the lighting.

    What kind of corals has people able to keep successfully with this lighting?
    Has anyone had experience with the Nano Turner LED retro to 60W? (same link as above)
    If I keep stock lighting and add Current TrueLumen 12" strips. What kind of coral can I have? http://www.drsfostersmith.com/produc...m?pcatid=25474

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    I love the Rapid led's I did it top my biocube loved it

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    Quote Originally Posted by lsaint View Post
    I love the Rapid led's I did it top my biocube loved it
    How was the install? It seemed a little more "complex" compared to the other retros. It looks like you have to completely gut the system.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PaulP1002 View Post
    How was the install? It seemed a little more "complex" compared to the other retros. It looks like you have to completely gut the system.
    It wasn't bad at all

    Sent from the world of 100110

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    Not sure about your lights sorry, but welcome to the club. Hope to see you at our next meeting.

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    Thank you for the replies. The JBJ deal fell through, but I was able to pick up a 29G BioCube with Ecoxotic Stunners for $75. But a couple LEDs were burnt out, so with the money I saved, I ordered Nano Box Retro kit.

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