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Old 06-13-2012, 07:58 PM   #1
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So I have been doing computer work for a lfs. The shop owner is trading me a tank setup for the work done, and comes with everything but the lights.

I had seen some posts before on this, and being a computer tech I have know how, but what sort of cost really is involved in this? Also, what would be a good amount of leds for a reef tank?

I also need a small light for the plants that will live in the sump tank.

Ps. The tank is a 75 gal with stand and top. Comes with a sump tank filter, overflow box, return pump, protean skimmer, live sand, and I'm sure I'm forgetting something more. I'm excited!
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Old 06-13-2012, 08:52 PM   #2
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It depends if it's a reef tank or not. If it is, it depends what corals your going to keep. For the refugium light, just get one of those clip on lights a home depot. They actually work great.
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Old 06-13-2012, 09:31 PM   #3
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He has told me hill work with me to build corral in it. Showed me a "sea apple" he was excited about. Thing was cool, about the size if a soft ball all closed up
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Old 06-13-2012, 09:47 PM   #4
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Do not get a sea apple. If they die (which they almost always do) they actually wipe out your whole tank. What do you mean build coral?
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Old 06-13-2012, 10:32 PM   #5
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I agree with Crister, sea apples are beautiful, but can be deadly to ALL its tank mates! Best left at the LFS, to die in their tank.
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Old 06-13-2012, 11:00 PM   #6
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Do not get a sea apple. If they die (which they almost always do) they actually wipe out your whole tank. What do you mean build coral?
Not build, but grow. I know almost nothing about salt water and want to start slow and grow stuff.

so with a no on the sea apple, I would still love some advice ideas for lights.

Thanks all
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Old 06-13-2012, 11:16 PM   #7
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As far as LED lighting for a 75g, the range of price is pretty large. The lower end of the spectrum, would be Taotronics 120w dimmables. You would need 2 units for about $200 a piece.
The higher end would be EcoTech Radions, at about $600 a piece, also needing 2 units. These are fully programmable, and can even simulate a lightning storm, but you pay for the bells and whistles.
Advantage of LED, would be no bulb replacement, which can get costly with other types of lighting, and virtually no heat.
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Old 06-13-2012, 11:50 PM   #8
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Sorry steel, I didn't read the first word of your title...DIY. DIY LED is not in my league. I believe a poster here Saratj1 built his own, maybe private message him, or find his thread.
Again...sorry
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Old 06-14-2012, 12:51 AM   #9
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I saw some 10k led ribbon lights in 5 ft lengths. The ribbons are waterproof and perfect for attaching to the underside of a custom hood. And you can have them dimmable as well. With your background you could even add a PLC to create a fully programmable light system.
I don't remember the mfg of the ribbon lights but you should be able to find that.
I'll find the link to an example someone else posted
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Look at what this guy has. You could probably do something very similar or use it for ideas

http://dallas.craigslist.org/ftw/for/3036763790.html
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