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Old 01-27-2013, 05:52 PM   #11
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So would a diy led or 5t still be in my best interest acropora is not a must I just like them.
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Old 01-27-2013, 05:55 PM   #12
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I'm assuming you mean T5, not 5t. the right t5 fixture would work for you, as well as the right LED.
My suggestion would be to get the best lighting you can now. This way you can keep anything under it, and will never have to upgrade, if you go the Acropora/clams/anemones route.
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Old 01-27-2013, 06:02 PM   #13
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so what kinda watts should i look 150 or higher
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Old 01-27-2013, 07:01 PM   #14
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That depends on what kind of fixture. You need to choose between metal halide, T5, or LED, then decide what options you want the fixture to have. What were you looking to spend?
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Old 01-27-2013, 07:36 PM   #15
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Not real expesive I was just on rapidled.com and seen 6x10 heatsinks which i could build and put on both sides of the brace
this is what i figured up on there website
Would something like this work better or is it to many and over kill.
I was thinking 5 uv 10 white 10 blue per side
Drilled/tapped 6" x 10" Black Anodized Aluminum Heat Sink x2 $86.00
solderless uv led x10 $47.50
solderless cree xp-g neutral white led x20 $102.00
solderless phillips rebel es royal blue led x20 $65.00
mean well ELN-60-48p dimmable driver x4 136.00
total 436.50 This is kinda out of my budget but i could buy in stages and might get it to work
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Old 01-27-2013, 07:46 PM   #16
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You don't need any UV, but If you have to have them, I would just do one or two per side. What wattage were these LEds?
You could get 2 of the dimmable Chinese fixtures for less than that.
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Old 01-27-2013, 07:57 PM   #17
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the white and blue are 3 watt
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What kind of optics are you going to use? I'm not sure 10 whites per side would be enough. I would have to take a PAR reading. Maybe AQ could chime in on this one.
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I personally would never go MH because of heat and operating costs.. Just my opinion
I run a coralife aqua pro 250 MH, no issues at all.
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Old 01-27-2013, 08:36 PM   #20
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If I do want to run the first one i posted do to money can I cut the center brace out and make a new on out of acrylic
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