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Old 11-30-2012, 04:07 PM   #1
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Marineland Reef Capable LED??

Anyone have one on a reef tank? They are on sale and I'm tempted. I have a 40 gallon breeder tank with mostly soft coral and some LPS. Currently have a T5 setup. I also like the one plug idea (my boyfriend says I'm gonna burn the house down!) except that you can't time the blue lights Any info? Thanks!!
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Old 11-30-2012, 04:40 PM   #2
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Highly, Highly Doubtful. Maybe a Fish Only with Live Rock. I know that I looked into one for my planted tank, and decided to build my own fixture for half the cost and 3 times the output.
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Sudz- was it very difficult to build? Where did you buy your LEDs? I'm afraid ill do something wrong 😁
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Basic soldering is required. Nothing super difficult.

I got mine from RapidLED.

It was difficult to understand what I needed, but Planted tank is much easier than a Coral tank - Coral tanks have a mix between Blue and white LED's, and then a few Red as well, which means you need a power supply that can handle it. Because LED's of different color typically draw/use different amounts of Current/voltage.

My setup has 12 XP-G R5, which is a nice, clean white, but not blue at all. Plant growth has been great, and 34 watts of LED's grossly overpowered the existing 108 watts of T5HO.

You need to have a basic understanding of electrical systems - Voltage, Current, etc.

RapidLED was SUPER helpful with my questions. I felt compelled to buy from them because of all their help - it also helps that they're the cheapest source I could find!
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Yeah...... I have no experience with that kind of stuff! Lol! I'm looking into the taotronics kind of fixtures now. Seems to have good response from people. Now I just have to convince myself to spend money
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Lots of folks have had great success with the Taotronics units. I would recommend dimmable if you can swing it.

I agree about the Marinelands. Their LEDs, even on the double bright "reef capable" units are pretty under-powered for most reef applications.
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