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Old 02-16-2012, 12:31 PM   #691
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Did you get the same ones I ordered?
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Old 02-16-2012, 12:53 PM   #692
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Whenever I have the chance, I'd like to buy them. It would probably save me money in the longrun because of the bulb replacements.
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Old 02-16-2012, 01:05 PM   #693
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Did you get the same ones I ordered?
Doug., I bought (3) stark 60 w Cree fixtures ( 3 wt bulbs and dimmable)) for my tank... They seem to be doing a beautiful job of keeping everything up and running .. If memory serves me they were about $400 a unit
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Ok. Not the same. Too pricey for my wallet.
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Old 02-16-2012, 03:08 PM   #695
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Dary...you have it right. Like a garden, messing with it all the time just screws it up. Once you establish "your groove" all you need to do is monitor and stay on the path.

I have found that Mr_X and I have one thing in common...we are both pretty tight with a dollar and tend towards DIY. I have enjoyed experimenting with him and have found he and I agree on one thing...if it works, it works. Good LEDs grow coral very well and the price difference is generally cosmetics and features like dimming.
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Old 02-16-2012, 03:58 PM   #696
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I would love to do a diy someday, Im not too knowledgeable with electronics though.
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Dary...you have it right. Like a garden, messing with it all the time just screws it up. Once you establish "your groove" all you need to do is monitor and stay on the path.

I have found that Mr_X and I have one thing in common...we are both pretty tight with a dollar and tend towards DIY. I have enjoyed experimenting with him and have found he and I agree on one thing...if it works, it works. Good LEDs grow coral very well and the price difference is generally cosmetics and features like dimming.
Greg.... I simply bought the best unit that I could at the time..., you and doug are light years ( pun intended ). Ahead of me in this field and I applaud you guys for your diy knowledge and ability to save a few bucks.
You guys might be able to put together a led unit that'll blow mine out of the water for $ 50 but I'm truly happy for what I got..it works !
I've learned so much from you guys ., maybe someday I'll be old and wise..,heck I'm 50% there now .( 60 in April )
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Greg.... I simply bought the best unit that I could at the time..., you and doug are light years ( pun intended ). Ahead of me in this field and I applaud you guys for your diy knowledge and ability to save a few bucks.
You guys might be able to put together a led unit that'll blow mine out of the water for $ 50 but I'm truly happy for what I got..it works !
I've learned so much from you guys ., maybe someday I'll be old and wise..,heck I'm 50% there now .( 60 in April )
Not the point I was trying to make. I was just describing how all of us approach the hobby slightly differently. Not having any money forces you to be a bit more resourceful, that is all. I like nice things as well...it is just that I enjoy saving money and building things.
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Not the point I was trying to make. I was just describing how all of us approach the hobby slightly differently. Not having any money forces you to be a bit more resourceful, that is all. I like nice things as well...it is just that I enjoy saving money and building things.

Couldn't agree more. While it would be very nice to walk in and lay down some serious cash for something I want, I find that building it myself gives me something to stay busy with. On top of that, when it is done, I get to admire it. 90% of my tank and associate equipment is DIY. What isn't DIY I got in payment for doing electrical work for other reefers. LOL
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Don't get the wrong idea here... I love DIY projects and I do many of them., the only point that I was trying to make here is that electrical and lighting ARE NOT my cup of tea ., i know nothing about them so instead of my usual DIY project , in THIS CASE I'm forced to go to the store and get the best unit that I can even though it may cost me lots more $$$
Once I start messing with electricity I can do a lot of serious damage ... Got to know when to hold'em and when to fold'em ... In this case a typical DIY Dary project is out of the question:-(..... I'd probably end up shorting out San Diego for a week! ....,more power to you guys that can do the DIY fixtures., I just don't have the knowledge to do it.
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