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Old 05-12-2012, 03:55 PM   #1
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UV leds?

Ok, I have a UV torch (LEDS) and shining them anywhere near coral really illuminates them.

I'm considering pulling the LEDS out and making an led bar, would this be safe for my tank?

It would look amazing at night.
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I don't see why not.
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Old 05-13-2012, 12:21 PM   #3
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I figured it would be OK but thought it was worth checking first just incase.

Appreciate the reply.
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If UV lighting was good for corals, we would not have a glass shield between out HQI halide lamps and our livestock. I believe UV lighting to be detrimental.
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I guess it would depend on the power of the LEDs Doug but you raise a good point. I was thinking we were talking about weak LEDs for accent type lighting which I wouldn't think would have much of an affect.
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It's just a weak UV torch, only wanting to use it for the coral glow at night, but if their is any risk to the corals I won't use it.
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I don't know for sure, but I would test it on a small piece before I used it over the tank.
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...and I would follow Doug's advice
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I think the jury is still out on benefits or rewards on using uv leds on your tank. On one hand uv damages living tissue, on the other hand most of the vibrant color you see in coral is their defense against uv light so it may make them more colorful over time. I built my own led strip and used 10x1w royal blue leds and 2x 1w 395-405nm uv leds, and am pleased with the results, but the lower the spectrum the less powerful the light, like the blue 1w leds are much brighter than the uv's, and white 1w leds would be much brighter than the blues, so a 3w uv led would probably be equivelent to a 1w blue led.
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How long have you been running the UV's?
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