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Old 06-09-2013, 11:57 PM   #1
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Actinic Led

I have the Marineland Reef Capable led light (yes I know this is not a popular light). The white look to this washes out the pop of the corals so I'm trying to figure out a cheap and easy way to add extra actinic lighting. While buying a stunner strip of some kind would be nice I just don't think it makes a lot of sense financially. I'm not trying to get any extra growth from the supplemented lights, just color.

What are your thoughts on these leds on eBay. http://item.mobileweb.ebay.com/viewi...id=88068201393

I'm skeptical but if I go by lumens (which might not be the way to measure) 6ft of these LEDs would get me 1500 lumens of actinic while the mland light gets 1670 lumens. If lumens is the way to compare, I can buy 6ft of these and get way more lumens compared to a 24" stunner strip.

What do you think? Is this just an eBay gimmick or does this look like a good bet?
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Old 06-10-2013, 12:22 AM   #2
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Your Marineland fixture has already actinic. You do not need an additional actinic light. What color of coral is missing that you want?
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Old 06-10-2013, 12:25 AM   #3
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Out of 27 LEDs on the mland fixture only 4 of them are actinic. That's why I am wanting more actinic lighting. Shouldn't there be close to an even balance of white and blue for reef tanks?
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Old 06-10-2013, 12:29 AM   #4
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Do you have a canopy or glass top?
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I have a glass top that I can use. If I purchased these strips from eBay I would stick them to one section of the glass top. I've had ph issues with the glass top so I plan to make that top smaller to allow for the gas exchange.
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It's not really a good idea to do that. The LED will just be obscured by salt water residue in no time. I have similar fixture but I removed the top glass and made a DIY canopy made of white wood from Home Depot and hang it 8 inches above water. I then added 4 T5HO and I can make any combination of colors I want with $5 timers.
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I'm using my mland light above the water with no glass right now and it's working with no salt problems. A t5ho would be great but that would basically defeat the idea of saving money.

Anybody else know anything about these eBay lights?

How about the lumens question?
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Old 06-10-2013, 06:25 PM   #9
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I'm pretty sure I said I was wanting to save money and not spend much more. Given my budget right now I'm fine with my current light. I just want more actinic.

Even if no one has used those eBay strips, any speculations at least?
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Old 06-10-2013, 10:21 PM   #10
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I have the reef capable also and I know what your talking about. It would be nice to see those lights in person but I would probably try it definitely wouldn't spend more that fifty on it at that point you can take some time and sock away money and go for an upgrade on Chinese LEDs or something along those lines? I'm having real good luck with mine so I got used to the more white look.
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