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Old 06-22-2012, 02:03 PM   #21
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no problem, its helping me with my led strip build at the same time. Biocube, the guy in the video used the solderless kit, but its really easy to solder them on, ive talkied to a few people who have. Check out boostled for the controller if you do want it, i think they might be in stock. if they arent im sure theyll be back soon. Two potentiometers is what i have on my pre made unit, they are really nice, especially for acclimation, i dont have to do the screen method anymore.
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Old 06-22-2012, 02:15 PM   #22
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Good information and I appreciate the input cowbell.

I'm also thinking of adding better moonlights too but that should be easy if I get one of these kits. The 24led solderless kit was $275 I believe which is way above what i wanted to spend. This is gonna be a cheapo upgrade lol. I still want the ability to keep nems though, not saying 100% I will get one but I for sure want the ability to keep one. I will get my SPS fix from my 60g since the lights are so darn bright in there. lol

Would I be better servered to have the dimmers and other stuff in the cabinet like the guy int he video? Or add it under the hood like the websites say can be done? I won't have all that stuff in the cabinet like he does so I could have room for everything in there and not stress fitting it all in the hood. I feel SOOO clueless with this stuff, usually I catch on pretty quick but no matter how much I'm reading it hasn't all clicked in my head yet. lol
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Old 06-22-2012, 04:01 PM   #23
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Good information and I appreciate the input cowbell.

I'm also thinking of adding better moonlights too but that should be easy if I get one of these kits. The 24led solderless kit was $275 I believe which is way above what i wanted to spend. This is gonna be a cheapo upgrade lol. I still want the ability to keep nems though, not saying 100% I will get one but I for sure want the ability to keep one. I will get my SPS fix from my 60g since the lights are so darn bright in there. lol

Would I be better servered to have the dimmers and other stuff in the cabinet like the guy int he video? Or add it under the hood like the websites say can be done? I won't have all that stuff in the cabinet like he does so I could have room for everything in there and not stress fitting it all in the hood. I feel SOOO clueless with this stuff, usually I catch on pretty quick but no matter how much I'm reading it hasn't all clicked in my head yet. lol
If your going to do moonlights, try 4 true violet LEDs, that will make everything pop while still being dark. If you bought everything separately I'm thinking it would be cheaper, maybe not though..

I'd say if you don't use dimmers much, put them in your stand, If you use it a lot, I'd put it in the hood, i like mine as accessible as possible.
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Old 06-22-2012, 06:43 PM   #24
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What about optics? 40 60 or 80 degree? The leds are 130 degrees without a lens.....

I'm guessing the 40 would be too tight of a spread so maybe the 60 degree lenses?
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Old 06-22-2012, 08:34 PM   #25
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I'd do 80 or without optics. The higher you go, the more spread you have. They wont look like spotlights that way, although they will be less powerful. But with your set up, I wouldnt really be worried about too little power. The anemones will be fine with whatever optic you choose.
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Old 06-23-2012, 02:02 AM   #26
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I was finally productive today in regards to this tank!

I have gotten all the rock and coral out, gave the corals to a friend of mine so win win. lol
I am currently refilling the tank as I did like a 75% water change. I also cleaned out all the shells in the sand and found all the surviving snails and pout them into the 60g.

I'm planning on ordering 10lbs of tonga branch rock on tuesday with the group buy so I will have my rock pretty soon. Then it's just figuring out the leds. I'm hoping to be able to stock in 2 weeks or so, at least with some new hermits, coral and maybe some shrimp.

Now, back to the led questions....

You dont think the 80 degree lens will be too much spread on such a small tank? I don't want a ring of light around the tank. lol

I did some measuring and am thinking of going with this heatsink

12cm X 3cm X 40cm (4.7"X1.2"X15.8") Aluminum Heatsink - AquaStyle Online

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Aquarium 36 LEDs Dimmable DIY LED kit with optics

I'm thinking of getting the 18 white 16 blue and 2 red led's. I'm also thinking I will just use a dual dimming kit and skip on the controller for now. Turning dials won't be too too bad. lol

OR should I get this one with 24 leds, the heatsink is included

Aquarium 24 LEDs Dimmable DIY LED kit with optics

Thanks!!
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Old 06-23-2012, 11:52 AM   #27
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Nice!

I think since you have a hood, you'll be fine. I don't have optics or a canopy (yet) and I have some light coming out.. Although I have 60 LEDs on mine.. I would go with whatever kit has the most optimization. I would go with a ratio of 2 blue: 1 white, that represents the ocean the best. The red wont help with growth or the health of photosynthetic animals, it's just aesthetics. It will bring a more purple look to the tank. I would go with mostly royal blue, a few cool blue, a couple cyans, some cool white, some neutral white, and some warm whites. Sorry for being so precise lol. I don't know an exact ratio but that's what you would want for the most out of your spectrum. Then add a few uv for your moonlight/ supplementation. That could be down the road though.
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Well, so far so good. I absolutely cleaned the ever loving bejesus out of the cube, spent hours scraping with a razor to get every little bit of build up off. Got most of the sand out and found literally hundreds of bristleworms. Little itty bitty ones. Also drained the tank pretty much and added new "live" sand. lol It was in the pink fiji so I had to get it. I wasn't planning on taking so much sand out but I did cause of the bristleworms. So now I have like 20lbs of sand in the tank. Filled her up and changed the media out. Filter pad, phosphate pad, purigen and chemipure elite. I have the fuge insert for the back compartment but not sure I wanna try that again.

Also considering a skimmer, any suggestions? I'm a big fan of not using a skimmer on such a small tank but I figure if I'm gonna get anemones I need all the help I can get.

Oh almost forgot. I changed out the bulbs for a 10k and actinic one and let me tell you the difference is night and day! I didn't realize how old the bulbs were and how much the light had lost it's true color. I cannot wait to get corals in there!

I'm in the middle of figuring out the configuration I want for the leds so I'll post that and see what you think.
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Nice! I think there is a mod out there for an aquaclear ( maybe a different skimmer, I know a lot of people do it) skimmer mod. Swimswithfish did it and same with the guy in the video. It seems to work well.
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Old 07-02-2012, 04:16 PM   #30
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Got my tonga rock today! woot! Not too sure how i am gonna use it yet, it's just branches with no real way to stack it. I think i will move a piece of the purple rock from the 125g into this tank, just to give me some stacking and rockscaping options.

I've been cycling for almost 2 weeks I think, I am only going to 1ppm on the ammonia though since i don't foresee any fish in this tank in the near future. Just need a strong enough bacteria base to handle some inverts. lol Shouldn't be much to handle. I will be testing the water later to see where i am. With the small amount of ammonia it has allowed all the pods to live that were still in the tank. There are hundreds of those buggers all over the glass and sand. lol

After spending a 100 hours at least researching led's and drivers and all the other fun stuff involved I think i will be waiting a bit to do the lights. Not because of the complexity of the install but the price point. I'm looking at like $200 minimum to get this done and thats just not logical with this tank for me. lol Which leads me to the next question....What can I keep as far as anemones under the stock lighting? I'm pretty confident that mini maxis will be good but what about a red bubble tip? Or the rock anemones?

Any thoughts?

Thanks!!

Picture of the BRS Tonga Branch rock that came today, I ordered 10 lbs and it's definitely 10lbs if not more.


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