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Old 02-20-2013, 02:56 PM   #1
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Hoodless?

I'm just getting into my reef tank and coming from the freshwater side of things thought a nice led hood would be good. After looking through many pics and observing the set-ups at the lfs, I've noticed how big and bright the lighting systems are. So here's my question, are you running hoodless and what kind of lights are you using? I know I want to do a reef tank, and am in the very early stages. Right now it'a a 10G FOWLR.
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Old 02-20-2013, 03:13 PM   #2
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I have no hood and I'm running 250watts of LED. Basically i never have to turn a light on in that room again. My entire room is lit up a bluish purple, you can see it from 3 blocks down the street...lol

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Old 02-20-2013, 07:08 PM   #3
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Beautiful tank! I'm guessing the LED's don't get too hot and over heat the tank. What kinda lights you using? Did you have to modify the hood for the lights to work?
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Well I built the hood myself. They are 120watt leds. And I had 4 T5s in another hood I made and the tank was always around 80. Now it's around 78 constant that is usually what I run my Ac on in the house. So yea it's much cooler with the leds
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Well I built the hood myself. They are 120watt leds. And I had 4 T5s in another hood I made and the tank was always around 80. Now it's around 78 constant that is usually what I run my Ac on in the house. So yea it's much cooler with the leds
I think I just ordered something similar to what you're using. Here's the ones I ordered. What brand are you using and how big your tank?

Amazon.com: TaoTronics TT-AL09 White Aquarium Coral Reef Tank LED Grow Light (120W Output, Blue/White Ratio- 25:30; Two-Year Warranty): Patio, Lawn & Garden
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I have a 55 gallon and I have two of these units about 7 inches from the rim of the tank
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I think I just ordered something similar to what you're using. Here's the ones I ordered. What brand are you using and how big your tank?

Amazon.com: TaoTronics TT-AL01 White Aquarium Coral Reef Tank LED Grow Light (120W Output, Blue/White Ratio- 25:30; Two-Year Warranty): Patio, Lawn & Garden
I have these lights of a 40b with a versa top. Lights are ultra bright.
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I have these lights of a 40b with a versa top. Lights are ultra bright.
You're using the ones I ordered on a 40g? How many, cause that's exactly what I was going to do later? I figured one for now and then order another later. I'll have to look into the versa top, thanks for sharing that tid bit!
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