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Old 01-12-2012, 03:55 PM   #31
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well i am an electrician :P but rapid led also sells the plug and play stuff with quick connects so all you have to do is plug in each LED, pretty simple
Oh lol, that's why you know all that stuff haha. I felt very uneducated when I was talking about an aquarium controller or something. Mostly because I'm 15 lol. Got a lot more to learn.
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Yes I understand that, however mine will only be going on a 55g, just to see how they go.

As I say, if you have the know how, it's a great out, however I wouldn't know where to start and the other half would be quite cross if I started a fire.
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Old 01-12-2012, 04:06 PM   #33
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But at least for my tank, your talking a difference of thousands of dollars.

i thought you weren't lookign into doign a DIY hood.

its really the best option when you go for a tank the size of what you're looking to build but good find on that group buy, those XML are crees latest and greatest. you should see their specs and complare them to the already proven XP-Gs

edit: further looked into it and the prices are comparable to what rapid LED sells them for so wherever you buy them from its more or less the same
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Old 01-12-2012, 04:06 PM   #34
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Oh lol, that's why you know all that stuff haha. I felt very uneducated when I was talking about an aquarium controller or something. Mostly because I'm 15 lol. Got a lot more to learn.

i also do alot of research on this subject, since lighting is the most confusing and the most important aspect to reef keeping.

youtube has good videos on how to assemble these kits if you opt tp getting the basic kits, and there are some good videos on how to solder.

i watched my dad soldering when i was like 8 and thats how i learned, he is also an electrician so i've really been around this stuff all my 26 almost 27 years
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Oh wow that's a while to learn. I agree that it's the most complicated. I guess I'll check out YouTube to see some stuff, I kinda want a DIY canopy with ballasts and moonlights in it.
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those you can buy from rapidLED for next to nothing and they are simple plug and play, but a moonlight would be good to learn on

look up rickets reef DIY LEDs on youtube, he has 4 parts to his build and even shows you how to adjust the drivers to the right amperage
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Oh alright I'll check them out, thanks.
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Dang.... Didn't know you could get them chips for that price. Time to bust out the flux pen and iron.
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Thanks for the advice and options on lights but I really never had my questions answer which was what type of corals would you say a good for first time reefs like myself
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