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Old 07-12-2003, 09:31 AM   #1
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Will this make some things mad?

Hello folks! I have been doing some serious thinking lately, and I want to make my new 5.5 a reef tank. The only thing is, lighting would be another 50 bux, but I found out how to make it even more. I have been talking to this one guy for a very long time, and he is gonna build me a hood. I am actually gonna put a 70 watt metal halide bulb over my minibow, how cool is that? The fixture comes with two blue leds, comp fans, all that. The only problem I think I am gonna have is bleaching maybe? I know the bulb is not really big but I dont want anything bad to happen. The lighting i have in the minibow now, fits perfectly in the 5.5 hood. I am really excited as I will now be able to get what I feel is the coolest thing ever, clams and SPS. Of course that will come with lots of time. At the moment I need to do lots of research on how I am gonna keep calcium levels up, and the other thing is I amm gonna need to get an autotop off since the tank will be open topped and I am gonna get some evaporation.
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You can have all the light of the sun and the incorrect specitrum and it be of little use.

Those blue LED's. Does anyone know the specitrum they peak at? While actinic bulbs are purple/blue in color they peak at a specific light range. If these LED's are simply just blue in color but dont supply enough of the particular specitrum needed then they will be of little use.

Same with the MH. Make sure its of a good kelvin rating.

Personally I think you will have a heat issue. MH get HOT and a 5 1/2 gal tank is not much water to insolate from the heat. Fans will help but the bulb is still gonna radiate heat into the water and if it cant be cooled it could cause overheating problems.
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I can see it jumping the temp up to the point where all you are doing is simmering a nice stew, especially if you have it in a hood close to the top. I don't even think fans will help at 12 watts per gallon. Slim it down some.
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IMO, 70 MH is too much for a 7g mini bow.

The blue leds, provide actinic spectrum, I have been reading some posts by people that use them and they work well, you just have to use alot of them.
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Hmmm, so no one thinks its worth it?
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I think it is extreme overkill. Don't waste the $$, use it for something more beneficial.
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You can have all the light of the sun and the incorrect specitrum and it be of little use.
This is not true. The spectrum of the light is of little importance when compared to the intensity.

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Those blue LED's. Does anyone know the specitrum they peak at? While actinic bulbs are purple/blue in color they peak at a specific light range. If these LED's are simply just blue in color but dont supply enough of the particular specitrum needed then they will be of little use.
True blue LED's (not the ones that have blue tinted lenses) do put out light in the same range as actinics. I have some of them.

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Same with the MH. Make sure its of a good kelvin rating.
Define "good kelvin rating". It's mostly asthetics. Whatever looks good to you.

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Personally I think you will have a heat issue. MH get HOT and a 5 1/2 gal tank is not much water to insolate from the heat. Fans will help but the bulb is still gonna radiate heat into the water and if it cant be cooled it could cause overheating problems.
Probably, unless the hood is designed to remove the heat.
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This is not true. The spectrum of the light is of little importance when compared to the intensity.
I have never heard this, its always the opposite!

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Define "good kelvin rating". It's mostly asthetics. Whatever looks good to you.
This is also untrue. I mean, plants like the lower spectrum, and corals like the higher one. Where are you getting this info?
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This is not true. The spectrum of the light is of little importance when compared to the intensity.
I have never heard this, its always the opposite!

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Define "good kelvin rating". It's mostly asthetics. Whatever looks good to you.
This is also untrue. I mean, plants like the lower spectrum, and corals like the higher one. Where are you getting this info?
IMO, both of Bob's statements are factual. Intensity is more important than spectrum, but, we should endeavor to provide a good spectrums well. Happily enough, what is a visually pleasing range of spectrum to the human eye, is also an acceptable spectrum for coral growth. Corals have been kept and thriving under way less than ideal spectrums, when the only intensity that could be had was very low kelvin bulbs
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This is also untrue. I mean, plants like the lower spectrum, and corals like the higher one. Where are you getting this info?
From experienced reefkeepers... plus 7 years of my own experience.

Where are you getting your information???
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