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Old 11-16-2013, 12:35 PM   #1
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Another DIY led light thread!!!!!

So I just consolidated 2 75 gallon reef aquariums to One 180 gallon reef and want to build my own led light setup but can't find one that I think will work for me. I'm looking at a really low budget and am currently running a 8 bulb T5ho setup that worked great in my 75 but I see dark spots on the end of the 6 foot tank. I am planning on having all types of coral and would like something that would grow bright light coral and have a night setting and a bluer look. Thanks for any help or guidance in advance.
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Old 11-21-2013, 04:41 AM   #2
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I did one of these maybe 3 years ago, and it turned out pretty well.

DIY Led 10 gallon build thread/alternative diy co2 thread

Is there anything specific you wanted to know? What sort of budget are we working with?
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Old 11-26-2013, 08:29 PM   #3
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i looked into rapidled but it was going to cost me more to do 3 led panels through them than it was to just buy 3 taos....doesnt make sense at first but it does after you really think of it. still im not about to do more work AND pay more money
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Exactly. Depending on what you want this fixture to do (you definitely want it to be able to handle any corals and also be dimmable), for a 6 foot by 2 foot tank there is no cheap way out. I priced what it would cost me for a 6' tank a few years ago and totally skimping on things it was still like 500 bucks. Taotronics (or similar) panels would cost maybe 350.
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