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Can LED replace metal halide ballast lightings in marine aquarium

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I last maintain a marine aquarium about 15 years ago.

Ballast metal halide are very high energy consuming &
generates a lot of heat.

If I only plan to keep a fish plus anemone tank (without
corals), is there any LED lighting out there that could
keep my anemones thriving.  I read that anemones
need lightings too but not as much as corals.

Pls recommend specific brands/makes of LED for a 2 feet
marine tank with the Kelvin specifications.  Any specific
spectrum (like Actinic blue or red spectrum) is appreciated
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Yes it is time to go LED.  I got my sister into Reef tanks 15 years ago and she has out stripped me, due to more time and money.
she recently started over from scratch and went LED with terrific results.  better lighting control and cheaper to run with much less heat.

Here is a good starter article on LED lighting:
http://saltaquarium.about.com/od/lightslightingsetups/ss/Is-It-Time-To-Go-To-Led-Lighting-On-Your-Reef-Tank.htm

PS color depends on what you want to raise, coral, invertebrates, fish or a mix.
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These seem expensive to me, but they may be perfect:

     http://www.ecoxotic.com/panorama-actinic-blue-led-system.html
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These are less expensive:

     http://www.ebay.com/bhp/actinic-led-light
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I plan to keep maroon clownfish, blue-tip & bubble-tip anemone,
 yellow goby,
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and mini invertebrates like cleaner shrimp & red purple hairy lobster
(the lobster is hardy)
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Like I said, my sister is thrilled with her setup.
Here s what she is using on a 40Gallon:
http://www.marinedepot.com/Maxspect_Razor_R420R_LED_Light_Fixture_36_Inch_LED_Light_Fixtures-Maxspect-0M1131-FILTFILDTS-vi.html
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