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Old 06-16-2011, 02:34 AM   #1
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LED moon lights

The hubby and I just hooked up the first of our DIY LED projects. He is making our lighting for the new 125 gallon and we did a trial run moon light for the 75 gallon. So exciting and it looks great. The shimmer is AMAZING and it's great to be able to see the tank at night when we have time to relax.
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Old 06-16-2011, 05:10 AM   #2
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Hey Maya,

Looks nice,
What kinda leds are you using?
I want to put moonlight in my tank, but i am worried the fish willnot have down time and stress out?
Is there a certain intensity moonlight which you should have or a certain length of time you canhave moonlight on for?
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Old 06-16-2011, 07:37 AM   #3
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my moon lights come on 1 hour after lights out and shut off after 3 hrs this gives the tank some down time hope that helps
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Our lights are a 453 nanometer blue, 3.2 volts running at 20 milliamps. They are approximately .64 watts a piece and we are running four of them. We had originally placed 6 but it was too many.. So after some re-wiring we are down to 4. They are placed in a sheet of mirrored plexiglas.
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They are 5mm lights. We also have 5 mm 10,000K, 1800 mcd whites to put in our new LED lights. They have a 140 degree view angle which allows for even lighting through the tank. So excited about our progress!
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I run a total of 450 one watt LEDs mixed white and blue. Growing elk horn coral and a variety of soft and hard coral. I would never go back to any other type of light. Over 18 years, I bought thousands of dollars of High pressure halide lamps, that were only good for 6 months. Then if I tried to extend their life, I started loosing coral mysteriously. Never had any success with florescent and hard corals. I love the shimmer effect and lack of water heating. Don't use moonlights myself, but love the DIY LEDs.
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Greg, what is your ratio of blue to white? We actually are building our lighting system for the 125 gallon and are doing a 2-1. I just posted another thread about it.
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Greg, what is your ratio of blue to white? We actually are building our lighting system for the 125 gallon and are doing a 2-1. I just posted another thread about it.
The panels are broken into 130 one watt LEDs and about 2/3 of them are bright white, the rest are blue. Three of these light my 300 gallon reef nicely. You can turn on the white and/or blue LEDs independently. I also have one panel on my algae scrubber that is made up of 65 two watt LEDs, blue and white and one panel of 50 two watt LEDs balanced towards the red for plant growth.
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That's great. Almost exactly what we are doing. We have 2 panels of 75 1 watt bulbs for our 125 gallon tank for a total
of 150 bulbs. We have a 2 white to 1 blue ratio. According to our research, the light spectrum from the bulbs we bought is almost completely usable by the coral. He has wired them into mirrored plexiglas instead of reflectors. Makes me feel better after seeing your tank... It looks like you could sustain just about any coral you wanted. We wired in the moonlighting in our old 75 gallon to test our design and it worked really well. I LOVE the difference in the shimmer and light quality and we haven't even tested the 10,000K.
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