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Old 05-15-2012, 03:19 PM   #31
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I highly reccomend the 10w hybrid LEDs, the color they put out is great, they are economical and easy to work with. They are basically like 9 one watt leds on one chip, 3 rows of three, the top and bottom rows are blue with the middle row being white.


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Old 05-15-2012, 03:23 PM   #32
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Then you should have more than enough light. I remember you posting about getting optics, did you ever use any?

Are you going to have any coral on the sand bed?

How far over the top of the tank are the LEDs? I know the 10w ones without optics are anywhere between 120-160 degrees depending on the vendors that I've seen. Just over the water (6" or so) I think they would work fine without optics on a tank 20-24" deep. Going more than that and the PAR may drop off sharply at the bottom from what I've seen (like 50-90 PAR at sand bed on a 24" deep tank with 2" sand bed).
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Old 05-15-2012, 03:58 PM   #33
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I thought about optics but didn't see anything that I really liked, and I just wasn't sure how to do it effectively. I have the light mounted about 1" over the rim of the tank so it's only about 3-4" from the surface of the water.
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I have a couple corals on the sand bed, a couple zoa frags, a branching frogspawn and anemone is on the sand temporarily ( the anemone decided to move to the bottom of the frag and in a crack so I can't really get him off so I can mount the frogspawn how I want) and a maxima clam. I put the clam on the sand bed first he seemed to do good, I then moved him higher up kinda acclimating him to my lights and he moved himself back down to the sand bed so I left him there and I put a small rock under him buried under the sand for him to attach to.

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Old 05-15-2012, 04:18 PM   #35
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Well, keep us updated! LEDs are ever evolving and it is good to know what works and what doesn't! Seems like you are on the right track though!
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Old 05-18-2012, 03:27 PM   #36
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I had a little problem yesterday, I ruined 3 of my emitters. I let the water level get a little low on the tank and I have a spray bar for the return on my canister filter and it splashed three emitters on the one side pretty good and they burnt themselves up. I replaced one emitter that is completely gone because I had an extra one, but two others are damaged but not completely gone , they are probably putting out about 50% power.
I should have but a piece of acrylic to protect them, and was planning on doing it, but just hadn't made it to the hardware store to get the plexiglas yet. Well needless to say it has a splash guard now. I will have to order 2 more emitters. They will take a couple weeks to get in.
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