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Old 06-19-2012, 09:48 PM   #11
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The shrimp might get eaten, especially of you add a lot of anemones. Two good sites for LEDs would be rapidled.com and ledgroupbuy.com.

Someone in Florida is going to be very happy lol.
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Old 06-19-2012, 10:20 PM   #12
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With all these tanks Carey I would love to see what you'd plan for a waterbed! Lol.
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Old 06-21-2012, 05:52 PM   #13
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Sooo I've been out on the net pricing and reading everything I can about leds. I am looking at this now....

Do you think 24 would be enough? Or should I get more than that?

Aquarium 24 LEDs Dimmable DIY LED kit with optics

How would I mount the heatsink to the hood? And does the heatsink get that hot? Can it melt the plastic hood? Also, thinking this might be the time to add cool moonlights. I have found single strip led's that can be put in the space where the cirrent moonlights are. But they say they fasten with velcro or tape I think. Won't that get too hot too?

Sorry for all the questions but I need a new project and this diy led thing might be it. I am gonna need a boat ton of help though. I hope you guys can help guide me through it. lol

Thanks for reading everyone!

Still havent moved the live rock out of this cube yet, lol, I'm hoping to get ambitious tonight. hehe
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Old 06-21-2012, 08:51 PM   #14
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Sooo I've been out on the net pricing and reading everything I can about leds. I am looking at this now....

Do you think 24 would be enough? Or should I get more than that?

Aquarium 24 LEDs Dimmable DIY LED kit with optics

How would I mount the heatsink to the hood? And does the heatsink get that hot? Can it melt the plastic hood? Also, thinking this might be the time to add cool moonlights. I have found single strip led's that can be put in the space where the cirrent moonlights are. But they say they fasten with velcro or tape I think. Won't that get too hot too?

Sorry for all the questions but I need a new project and this diy led thing might be it. I am gonna need a boat ton of help though. I hope you guys can help guide me through it. lol

Thanks for reading everyone!

Still havent moved the live rock out of this cube yet, lol, I'm hoping to get ambitious tonight. hehe
For your tank, that would probably be fine. Its on the lower end though. The heatsink isnt going to get that hot, just don't touch the bottom. You could mount it to the hood and it will be fine. Moonlights stay completely cool. I have some, they aren't hot at all. Look into uv LEDs, people have seen a lot of fluorescence with corals while using them. They can be used as moonlights too. DIY LEDs are the way to go, it's a really fun project, and will look nice once your done.. Don't you have a controller? You could put your LEDs to it as long as you use a 0-10v driver, that way you could use the sunrise/sunset settings.
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I like the anemone tank idea
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It really sounds like it would be an interesting project
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Old 06-22-2012, 02:28 AM   #17
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How many 3w LEd's do you think I would need to be medium to high light? I have a controller but it's on another tank. :-(

I would use the dimming knobs at first until I could get a basic controller.

So I just gut the underside of the hood and attach the heatsinks with led's onto it? Then run all those wires and crap. And where would I put the drivers? Not sure they would fit under there, I;d need 2.

I'm liking the anemone tank idea more and more..... we'll see what happens I guess.
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What about a Angler tank? Looks like the perfect size for a very different and interesting fish.
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How many 3w LEd's do you think I would need to be medium to high light? I have a controller but it's on another tank. :-(

I would use the dimming knobs at first until I could get a basic controller.

So I just gut the underside of the hood and attach the heatsinks with led's onto it? Then run all those wires and crap. And where would I put the drivers? Not sure they would fit under there, I;d need 2.

I'm liking the anemone tank idea more and more..... we'll see what happens I guess.
Sorry, that number of LEDs is fine. I've seen it one someone's tank, it can keep any coral/ anemone you want. I'll put a link to the video of the tank with the LEDs. It's the same tank as yours.

There's a cheaper alternative to a controller that still lets you have dimmable settings, it's a typhon led controller http://www.boostled.com/products/typ...controller-kit

There's a bunch of how to's on installing them, I personally don't know how though.

Edit: here's the video, a lot of good things have happened with his tank since then.
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Good link, thanks!

So it looks like 24 dimmable one will be just fine. The guy in the video used the solderless kit though which is not for sale anymore at rapidled. They do say on their webpage that they are coming out with a new kit end of june/july so maybe I;ll see what that has to offer.

That controller is also put of stock at rapidled, lol. I was looking at the potinantor(sp) for dual color dimming. Not fancy but it looks to be able to do the job. I can't see myself really messing with the intensity too much so I may be able to pull this off. LOL

Thanks cowbell for all your help so far.

And nope, no angler tank for me. lol
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