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Old 05-13-2014, 01:17 AM   #1
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Getting preped

I am wanting to start my new SW tank soon and i am wanting to hard corals in the tank. I really like LPS and hammers and such. The one aspect with SW that confuses me is lights. I would like LED but idk were to even start too look to be honest. So i was wondering if i could get some advice on were too go direction wise. I am most likely gonna start with a 40 breeder and upgrade later on most likely.

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Powerful and cheep! Blue and white is all that is needed! eBay is a great source for cheep LEDs! They must be dimmable! I will say take a lot of time to find exactly what you need! I did not and I am on my 4th set of lights!
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When looking at led you must get ones that are 3w per diode. There are a lot of LEDs out there that will not support corals. The taotronics ones are cheap and popular...
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Let me ask you do you guys find LED's worth the money and the time to find? I was hoping they were i like the way they look and how they feel with my elctric bill but is it worth it? Or am i jumping ahead of myself and should just go the MH route? And i will look into the taotronics LED lights today and see what i find. Does anyone here have experience making there own and would they reccomend it?
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It's the difference of maybe an extra $50 and not having to replace for minimum of 7 years and saving hundreds of dollars over life of led vs. Cheaper initial investment more $ per month and replacing bulbs once a year, less are getting cheaper now as well

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Old 05-13-2014, 04:59 PM   #6
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Yep I'm with ravden. Leds save money, put out great shimmer and no $50-60 bulb changes every 8 months.
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Just throwing it out I have been researching a lot over last year or so when I got interested In doing a salty. I have even seen price drops at lfs's over this time as the led fixtures are coming along the price is coming down. As long as you have 3w per and 10000 lumens your corals will have all they need for photosynthesis and look great

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So that is what i should shoot for for what LED fixture to buy? 3 Watts per gallon? I am gonna get some actnics to accent the LED because i love having them wiht coral but i am just figuring out how much light i actually need. Anyone have any brands they have tried and suggest? Remember i wasnt LPS and hard coral so i need the good light.
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No it's 3w per led - look at the taotronics units off eBay - they are 120w total. Don't quote me but I think you only need one on a 40 breeder. Try and get the dimmable one. They can be programmed so they have the blue in them already
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DIY LED is a fun little project. A little savings but not a ton. The benefit is you can get exactly what you want. I just did my lights and love the look of them. Still cycling so I cant tell you how they are working out yet!

For DIY definitely check out LED Supply and Rapid LED. Check out the kits and you can price by that. They even have solderless LED's now that make it super easy and clean for a newbie with LED's (Like me) HAHA!

If you go for a led light definetly check out Nano Box Home I have heard nothing but good things about all of there lights. I was going to get the Duo if I didn't want to give the DIY a try!
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