Is expensive reef lighting worth it?

aideno

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I am currently running a six foot mixed reef with only two cheep Amazon black box reef lights. I am only 14 and I don’t have a job so that doesn’t help, I was wondering whether expensive reef lights are worth it for a beginner mixed reef?

Please help me out!
 

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I sympathize with the budget and I'm not a marine guy, I'm freshwater. That said, if I had to say there was one thing after a good reliable filter that is a gamechanger it would be lighting. I don't recommend spending the bank; however, figure out what features (programmable, timer, intensity settings, etc.) are a priority for you and choose the cheapest option that meets your needs.
 

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No Chinese black boxes will work. They just wear out faster but on a budget they will do the trick from what I'm researching for my 40g.
 

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