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Old 09-22-2014, 01:42 PM   #11
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I've got a Tao (from eBay) over my 60g reef and have had no problems with a variety of corals...my Hammer has tripled in size, my green Monti cap is easily 6x, my Jedi Mind Trick is probably 2x, my Zoas/ Palys all like the LED...my favias, leptos, etc are all good too. I'm considering buying more and going LED with my 240g between now and the end of the year. For the money, they are tough to beat.


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Old 09-22-2014, 02:51 PM   #12
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Nanobox makes awesome lights that look great on tanks like this, but they are definitely on the higher end of the price scale.
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Old 09-22-2014, 03:16 PM   #13
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I have the same as ms705jk

Find them really good and very cheap. Although i am still unsure how to have them set. Atm i am on blue 100% and white 30%.
Im unsure exactly the best setting for this light
I also made up a bracket for them so i didnt have to hang them off the ceiling!


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Old 09-22-2014, 03:21 PM   #14
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I also have had good luck with inexpensive Chinese panels, but their weakness is poor drivers that can go bad. I sold about 50 of them and after 5 years had a 10% driver failure. Still not bad for the price. Mr_X even tested one of my first imports for me years ago. I think it was when he saw that a cheap LED panel could work so well. (Let me know if that's inaccurate Doug).

I have since gone to RapidLED and have bought both full spectrum Onyx fixtures and am now replacing my remaining Chinese panels with custom full spectrum DIY kits from them. I became a dealer and have been supplying fixtures to our local club.

There is no going back, I am addicted to LEDs.

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Old 09-22-2014, 05:49 PM   #15
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I too have the Tao panels. My 1p punk rocker zoa has turned into 7p in 1 month. My anemones has both grown tremendously. However one of them is a bit bleached because I turned to the lights up too fast. So I'm pretty sure that proves that they have some power.
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Old 09-22-2014, 05:52 PM   #16
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Your have to remove the lid to your rsm250 for the Taos though if I'm thinking correctly.


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Old 09-22-2014, 09:32 PM   #17
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I have the same as ms705jk

Find them really good and very cheap. Although i am still unsure how to have them set. Atm i am on blue 100% and white 30%.
Im unsure exactly the best setting for this light
I also made up a bracket for them so i didnt have to hang them off the ceiling!


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Can you post a pic of the bracket you made? I will have to do the same this weekend

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I also have had good luck with inexpensive Chinese panels, but their weakness is poor drivers that can go bad. I sold about 50 of them and after 5 years had a 10% driver failure. Still not bad for the price. Mr_X even tested one of my first imports for me years ago. I think it was when he saw that a cheap LED panel could work so well. (Let me know if that's inaccurate Doug).

I have since gone to RapidLED and have bought both full spectrum Onyx fixtures and am now replacing my remaining Chinese panels with custom full spectrum DIY kits from them. I became a dealer and have been supplying fixtures to our local club.

There is no going back, I am addicted to LEDs.

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Yes, taking PAR readings from your fixture was what pushed me into the low cost units. I still use them to this day, and haven't had one fail on me yet.

Again though, it's all up to what you want to spend and what you want your lighting to do. I only cared about growing colorful corals so these fixtures worked perfectly for me. Some others like their units to ramp up and down to simulate sunrise and sunset, cloud cover, even lightening storms...those folks would need to spend more money.
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I have two 130w actinic/white Taotronic panels. My questions how many hours are you running eat color for best results? Do you leave Actinic on when you turn on the white?
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When I ran a similar panel (reefbreeders value unit) I ran blues at about 70% and whites on 50%, blues were on for 11 hours total and whites 8, the blues would come on 90 mins before the white and go off 90 mins after the whites went off.
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