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Old 05-18-2013, 10:46 PM   #11
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Can you use an apex controller with those LEDs?
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Old 05-19-2013, 10:25 AM   #12
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I assume it can turn them on and off, but It's not going to do anything else.
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Old 05-22-2013, 11:18 PM   #13
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For about 150-175 x 3, you can get the LEDs I use. Check my build thread. Google "taotronics dimmable led aquarium light"
That's not bad, & thanks so much. I think that's what I'll do.. A lot of people close to me in fish stores, not petsmart or anything, say they don't like LEDs, because they don't think the technology has advanced enough in that section.. & I really don't want to use MH's because I already have reptiles that use heat lamps, & my power bill is already a decent one.
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The bottom line is putting enough PAR in the tank so that photosynthetic creatures can grow/thrive. LED lighting has been proven to be the most efficient in doing so. Anyone who says they aren't advanced enough doesn't have any experience with them.
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So what par reading would we be looking for?
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Old 05-24-2013, 04:21 PM   #16
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So what par reading would we be looking for?
What are we growing? SPS? I like 150 on the sand bed for LPS and upwards from there.
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There are some very advanced and efficient LED fixtures on the market for aquariums these days. The problem is that the prices are "sky's the limit". I've seen LED fixtures for over $5k for a 48" canopy. Compare that with the $600 I spent on a 2x250W MH + 2x54W T5 canopy and the choice is pretty clear.
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Just buy the LED fixtures that come with the same options as your MH unit, and you don't have to spend that. You could spend about $350.00 and light your current tank nicely, and use 240 watts total.
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Lighting a 125.

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Just buy the LED fixtures that come with the same options as your MH unit, and you don't have to spend that. You could spend about $350.00 and light your current tank nicely, and use 240 watts total.
Can you post some current pictures with your led lights over your tank?
What would be a good distance to hang them from the water level in the tank?
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They are all in my build thread. I don't have a lot of FTS shots due to the fact that's it's pretty hard getting the whole 8' in the picture, but you should get an idea.
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