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Old 02-22-2011, 10:16 PM   #1
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LED lighting for reef tank?

Does anyone have LED lighting On a reef tank? If so, does it work good, do your corals grow, and what type of LED's do you use?
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Old 02-22-2011, 10:34 PM   #3
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I'm buying two of the ai sol LEDs on a 90 gallon reef tank
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I have been using LEDs on 2 of my tanks for a few months now and am very happy with both color and coral growth. My electric use is also down which is always a good thing.
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I have been using LEDs on 2 of my tanks for a few months now and am very happy with both color and coral growth. My electric use is also down which is always a good thing.
What brand are u using
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What brand are u using
I am using the Evolution LED fixtures and also I have built a 80 LED 3 watt DIY fixture for another of my tanks.
If you are into the DIY stuff building your own LED fixture is the way to go.
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I watched all your videos on YouTube and they were great and was wandering if you could make a video on your LEDs and the coral growth with them
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Old 02-24-2011, 11:23 PM   #8
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I'm building my own fixture for my 120 Reef project. Going to have 96 CREE LEDs and will cost at least 1/2 of any fixture out there, if not less, and have more power.
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I'm using 4 AI's Sol Super Blue modules on my 120, they are very powerful. The only issue is it is very easy to over power the tank causing bleaching so great care must be taken when using them. And yes when implemented correctly the corals grow nicely.
IMO, it's relatively easy to build an LED but there is more to it than meets the eye. 1st issue is for them to be more efficient you will have to buy optics for the led's, 2nd the amount of wiring (depending on how the fixture is built) going to your various controllers and power supplies will be quite a lot and will not look ascetically pleasing, 3rd you are going to have to install potentiometers to control the intensity for the different controllers and colors and still have to use some sort of timer to just have them turn on and off.
After you've completed your fixture you still aren't going to have the features of a professionally manufactured fixture/controller like multiple timers so one can adjust the intensities throughout the day to simulate actual day time conditions/intensities, lunar cycles, thunderstorms, cloud cover etc...
Building your own is cheaper but one must remember when you buy them from a manufacturer you are also paying for the R & D / engineering that went into the product such as the controller, optics and so on. Just my .02

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Mine will be made from board with the pots built in, and the boards have PWM inputs so I can hook up an Arduino and program dimming cycles, etc. Same control as you described above, I just have to do the programming myself (which I look forward to, plus much of it is on RC already) and I won't have huge unnecessary heat sinks (just adequate ones) and it will cost about 1/3 to 1/2 as much, easily
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