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Old 12-02-2011, 10:40 PM   #1
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I started cycling a 40 gal breeder about a month and a half ago. I have about 45lbs base rock, about 4-5 inches oolitic, biowheel, a 225 gph powerhead, and a koralia ph (not exactly sure what size it is, I think maybe 500-600 gph one). I know the biowheel sux but I already had it, and I'm just using it to run some carbon for now. It will come out when I get my sump set up. I'm making this a lot more work that necessary cause I got the stuff to get the sump set up, but I don't have a stand yet. My grandpas gonna help me build one. I can't find one for a decent price that is as tall as I want and have decent access to a sump. So yea I'm gonna have to move all this stuff in a couple weeks. Not fun. But I couldn't wait. I went to my Lfs a couple weeks ago to get a few snails and crabs, but my gf was with me and she said she wanted to buy a clown. I want to get a pair, and I know these shoulda been bought together and last. But whatever, we'll see. Right now I just got a couple cfls above my tank. Lol. I know, I know. So that brings me to my first question. I think I'm gonna go with the Current USA TrueLumen Pro LED Striplights. Any thoughts on these? I like them cause I can start pretty cheap right now and easily upgrade, cause I'll basically be fowlr for a couple months.
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Old 12-03-2011, 02:27 PM   #2
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I was also considering getting the 24" strip on this 36" tank. I was thinking the 36" strip might be a waste, just throwing light out the sides. Oh and does anyone have a link for the specs on these lights? Like the diode watts, and how many can be linked on a single transformer.
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Old 12-03-2011, 06:08 PM   #3
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I did some more research on these lights. A 36" strip is only 23 watts and you can put two on one power transformer. I couldn't find out what kinda diodes they r though. So they r probably pretty cheap ones. It looks like there are a lot of LEDs on the strips so they r probably only like half watts LEDs. I've done quit a bit of research on LEDs for indoor plants and they only recommend at least 1 watt LEDs, so for growing corals I definately wouldn't want anything less because of water penatration. I might still go with these for now cause I'll just be doing fowlr for a few months. Then upgrade to something like the Radion. Anyone know of a strip light that uses Cree LEDs, or something comparable? Preferably something low profile like the Current USA, so I could at least use for supplemental if I end up going with the Radion or some type of pendant.
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If your using it for fowlr it's fine. I have only seen the trulumen used as an accent light or the blues to a mh. If you got blues then when you upgrade you wouldn't need actinics. Personally, I would get the lights I plan on having on my reef if thats what I eventually wanted. For fish, they need no special light, so you could go cheap now and save for a radion.
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Old 12-05-2011, 03:06 PM   #5
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So I changed my mind for the 100th time. I'm gonna go with a cheaper 6 bulb t5 fixture from eBay. I'll probably use that for like 6-12 months then upgrade the bulbs. Then look into LEDs. I'm also getting the coralife 220g skimmer. Will that hang on my 18" high sump?
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Old 12-05-2011, 03:11 PM   #6
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T-5 are great and grow lots of coral. You could just keep those lights and you will be pleased. I don't know enough about that skimmer. From what I read, it seems like that would work.
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I'm following. I've got a 40 breeder too and try to follow them all. Sorry for the late join
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Old 12-12-2011, 05:04 PM   #8
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You've got a dsb correct? Are you sure you want 6 t5ho's burning through 11-12" of water? I've got a link on my oc at home for beams work led lights. Similar to marine land double bright or reef light led. Adkins price is 129 ish
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Old 12-12-2011, 07:35 PM   #9
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Yea it should be pretty intense lighting. I wanna keep some high light corals, anemones, and a clam or two. You think I'm gonna fry some stuff?
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Old 12-12-2011, 07:37 PM   #10
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I'm not getting the coralife skimmer anymore either. Gonna get a reef octopus, probably the recirculating.
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