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Old 02-24-2011, 04:18 AM   #11
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I will definitely be following this build. Eventually, if it turns out to be affordable, I would love to build my own LEDs. Are you going to get some PAR numbers after it's finished?

I would also LOVE to see your lights synced to music... maybe a "Phish" song? (ok ok, I know that was corny).
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Old 02-24-2011, 10:41 PM   #12
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OH YEAH!!!



THE BEST PART



IT'S NEW HOME (eventually)



...no, it's not going on that stand next to the 10 gallon...

OH NO!! It has to stay here...for 4 months...




$@#!%&@$(#%&($#@%$#@

ToRtUrE!!
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Old 02-25-2011, 04:27 AM   #13
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very cool! I'm looking forward to following your progress as usual your projects are a great way for us newbies to understand the systems involved in SW hobby.

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Old 02-25-2011, 09:26 AM   #14
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4 months!?! Way to tease us!

I like how the tank is bigger than the dog's cage.
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Old 02-25-2011, 05:29 PM   #15
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...about 40 days until I take my exam. 60-90 days before I get the results back.

That waiting time in between will be filled up by eliminating all possible items off my honey-do list. This list includes painting the outside of the house and 2 large interior rooms, and expanding a closet in one bedroom.

So when the letter arrives, if I passed the test, I have all other projects out of the way and can start on the tank project. If I didn't pass, I have all other projects out of the way and can study for the next 4 months. I am planning for the former.
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Old 02-26-2011, 04:40 PM   #16
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besides it seeming a tad tall, the dimensions on this tank are SICK

added your doing a larger-than-normal scale LED fixture, i'm hooked!

count me along for the ride, im definitely looking forward to seeing this come together, no matter how long it takes

P.S. LED layout with the blues and whites looks great!
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What watt LEDs? Seems like a lot of lights for that size tank. I have 30 3w over my 29g. It is real bright. I mean real bright.
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They are CREE XP-G and XP-E so I believe they are the same 3W lamps. I have read several threads regarding the brightness and it sounds like most people that experience problems have them when they drive them at full strength for most of the day. Since these have full-range dimming, I plan to program in a day cycle with the Arduino controller to ramp them up very slowly throughout the day and only have them running at full peak for a short period of time. I think I read from one person that they only run them at 40% of something like that.

I also will probably wire the lights so that I can sequence which ones are at full strength throughout the day, and rotate through so that everything gets light from different angle but not too much at any given time. Still thinking that one through.

As for the # of lights, 96 LEDs over a 120 gallon tank that is 24" deep I think it about right, I was told that 72-84 was about right for softies only, then 96 for LPS/SPS, and 108 for heavy SPS. I think 30 over a 29 gallon is very high, that would equate to 120 or more over mine, and a 29 isn't as tall. Although LEDs penetrate like crazy, so depth really doesn't factor in like it does when talking about T5 or MH. LEDs have a lot of "punch" as we say in lighting design.
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This project got thrust into panic mode last week when I discovered a crack in an acrylic 120 that I maintain. So I had to rush and build a stand for my tank, and move everything into it. Long story short, me and 2 other guys did the move in about 7 hours yesterday. Here it is this morning:













All fish OK, all corals seem OK too. Better pics coming later. Must recover.
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I'll definitely be following along
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