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Old 08-23-2011, 01:03 AM   #11
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I ordered an ecoxotic module from my lfs, that still hasn't come In yet but I've heard they are really good for reef tanks, take a look at their website if you have some free time
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Old 08-23-2011, 01:25 AM   #12
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I'm not a pro by any means and don't know much about halides and others. From what i read the halides get very hot and you have to cool them and sometims your water.

You can go with par 38 bulbs , just make sure they don't spot light , make sure they spread out well over your tank. If your tank is long i'd look into going with 3 bulbs if the spread isn't that well.

Are you handy at all ? A par 38 bulb will set you back about $80 . Yo ucan get a nice 24 led kid from rapidled for about $150-$200 depending on the size you need .

These are the heat sinks they sell



So you can buy one , get two pieces of metal and drill holes on the fins and connect the two pieces of metal with a nut and bolt to the fins to create arms on each side of the heat sink and have the metal pieces bend to clamp onto the side of the case.

you can also buy from these guys LED Drivers : LUXdrive : MagTech : Lightech : Constant Current LED Drivers : LEDSupply.com they have the newer XM-L lights which put out better lums at less voltage
Its really easy to wire and if you buy a kit they give you everything u need.


you can also try these guys AMDbulbs - Products
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Old 08-23-2011, 02:09 AM   #13
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you can also get one of these , they are supposed to be really good but hard to get. I'm told they are $250-$200

New kessil A150w 15k Over new tank! - YouTube

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http://www.neptuneaquatics.com/suppl...150-ocean-blue
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Old 08-23-2011, 10:42 AM   #14
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Wow some good links guys, thanks very much. I already have the two PAR38 bulbs, one is a 20k mix and one is a 14k. here is a picture of hwo it's set up now, shoulda included it to begin with. lol



In my perfect world I would have a metal bar running across the top and then hang the bulbs from there, kinda like track lighting but I really don't know where to begin. I was thinking of adding another PAR38 bulb and mount it on the back glass. It would look like a picture in an art gallery LOL.

The bulbs I do have a re cree at 40 or 60 degrees so I dont' get so much of a spot light effect. The big question is would that be enough light and would it penetrate to the sand bed? Enough for a clam? NMaybe not a maxima clam but a derasa or something similar.

In the links above though, how would I mount the strips? I don't have a canopy to put them in.


Thanks so much for taking the time out to help me. i really appreciate it.

I'm sorry I was cranky in yesterdays posts, just had a bad day and was so over the whole fish tank thing.
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Old 08-24-2011, 02:25 AM   #15
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which links are you talking about ?

For the $250 bulb in my last post

Kessil A150W Gooseneck


as for the heat sinks from rapid and other diy you can just build something.

Like i said there are 2 or 3 fins depending on the heat sink you buy. Use a drill and put a hole through the 2 or 3 fins with a long and a washer on the other end. but this Aluminum Square Tube - LED Supply.com enough to make 2 legs

Drill a hole on both sides of the leg for the bolt. Attach to the heat sink using the bolt and washer.

Then attach to this guy BCU4BN - Glass frameless framed shower doors, tub enclosures & C.R. Laurence CRL & US Horizon shower door hardware

using a screw. It will clamp to the side of your aquarium . Just put something between the clamp and the case so you don't get scratches

you can check out the above at homedepot or lowes btw
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im not good with lights....here are some link maybe u might considered before buy the lights...
Best article covering types of bulbs & spectrum
Aquarium Lighting; Kelvin, Nanometers, PAR, Bulb, Watt, MH, LED, Light Basics.
Super High Output Energy Saving bulbs
SHO, CFL Aquarium Lights, Compact Fluorescent; Hydroponics Lighting, Lamps, Bulbs
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im not good with lights....here are some link maybe u might considered before buy the lights...
Best article covering types of bulbs & spectrum
Aquarium Lighting; Kelvin, Nanometers, PAR, Bulb, Watt, MH, LED, Light Basics.
Super High Output Energy Saving bulbs
SHO, CFL Aquarium Lights, Compact Fluorescent; Hydroponics Lighting, Lamps, Bulbs


Excellent links, I learned alot about par and pur. These lights have the potential but I;m at a loss on how to mount them.

Would buying a cheapo ebay t5 light and gutting it and installing the strips work does anyone think? The pictures showed for example that you could just place the bars across the top of the tank. BUT the lights are only 18" and my tank is 24".

I don't wanna drill any holes on the new tank, I would prefer something that sits on top of the frame. If I could envision it, I could mount a 2 by 4 an attach the lights strips to that and then somehow mount that to the tank. ??? Looks ugly in my head though as I try to picture what the result would be.

I havent seen any commercially made "mounts": for these light strips, most if not all are recommended for a canopy where I can easily understand the setup, but alas, no canopy for me and I wanna be able to see the cool rimless feature of my tank.

Also, it appears from reading those articles that my PAR38 bulbs need to be higher off my water, right now they are about 6 inches tops off the water edge.

I would mount a small shelf behind the tank BUT theres a window there so no back wall. Can't ceiling mount cause its a good 10 feet tall and slopes. :-(

see the more I learn the more questions I have. lol

I appreciate the links guys, if you know of anymore please tell me. I'm still gonna keep researching. But I;m almost leaning towards jimmy rigging a light fixture to put the tubes in OR getting another nanotuners PAR38 bulb and attaching it to the back wall. Just will look cluttered in my opinion. Kinda why I like the marineland fixtures, nice and pretty and very sleek. Maybe I can get the single bright models and then attach the light strips to them? LOL Just a thought, probably not a very good one though I betcha. lol
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Hey, I'm sure this Probly isn't what you need just cause it's so cheap, but I is really cheap just in case it is what you need lol sorry I don't have a link cause I used the eBay app but here are some pics and specs
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I have one of those 225 led lights and they are not good enough for corals, maybe for neons or glow fish. I think an ai sol is what you need. AI Sol These things rock!
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Oh okay, I figured, but just to be sure, are those the same specs as the ones you have?
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