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Old 04-28-2004, 02:24 PM   #21
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I just did a radioshack setup, but have a few questions, 3 out of the 5 works, I think they got some damage after the soldering because I checked the connections and all and it seemed fine so today my dad might buy 2 more, another question is one of the 3 that works is a lighter blue, almost like a white, the other two work the way they are susposed to. Will the 5 be fine in my tank??
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Did you use a heat sink while soldering?
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Old 04-28-2004, 09:21 PM   #23
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I run 24x7 - I'm not sure if keeping them on cuts life more than turning on and off but that's how I run. 8O
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Old 05-08-2004, 12:24 AM   #24
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I bought my Moonlights from LIVEAQUARIA.COM.
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Old 06-04-2004, 12:52 PM   #26
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Are moonlights necessary? Or are they mainly just for viewing the little critters at night?
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Old 06-04-2004, 12:56 PM   #27
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Coralife makes some inexspensive moonlifgts. Coralvue also mkakes some nice moonlights as well. Prices range between $16 and $34 before any discount is applied. Color is all a personal choice and really means nothing. I prefer the blue since it does not throw much ambient light off into the room and to me just looks better!!
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LED's don't work anything like light bulbs. There's no filiment to burn out. Switching them on/off will actually extend the life. But even running 24/7 they're good for up to 100/thousand hours or more.

On whether or not they are necessary. They aren't a requirement. They are relatively new to the reef environment and lots of tanks have been doing without them for years and years. But they are much less intrusive than regular lights, so things that only come out at night when you can't see them are now visible. And some folks say their corrals are growing faster, fish spawn more often, and shrimp molt more often with them on.

I've read that the blue LED's match the natural wavelength of moonlight better than other colors. I don't know if thats true or not. But if you want other colors, they come in blue,green,red,yellow,orange,white, and spectrums not visible to the human eye. You can also get blinking and color change LED's. There are high intensity and low intenesity, if you want more or less light. They all work the same electrically, so the listed instructions will work the same. I'm putting blue in mine, but that's my personal color preference. Although I would be interested to see what a dozen high intensity, blinking, color changing LED's would do for fish : )
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Although I would be interested to see what a dozen high intensity, blinking, color changing LED's would do for fish : )

Make them swim upside down. Probaly daze them, my clowns will act strange if I turn on the room lights and not turn on the tank lights right away. they swim up and down right in front of me trying to get my attention.
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Love mine, wouldn't go without them anymore. The effect is well worth it.
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