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Old 08-10-2013, 10:49 PM   #1221
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I'm going to pick up a set of the Taotronics soon. Which eBay seller would you folks recommend?
Supermart. Great customer service and fast shipping!
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The controller may not be necessary for coral but i think having the ability to ramp up and down with the lights makes things more realistic for the fish and gives them a more lifelike home. That being said the reef breeders controller has some quirks but works well enough to be worth it IMO.
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Old 08-11-2013, 02:16 AM   #1223
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I'm going to pick up a set of the Taotronics soon. Which eBay seller would you folks recommend?
I went with topledseller, very fast shipping got my units in four days, $120 a unit dimmable, and the lights are better than the first set I purchased. Iittle things too like angled power supply and labeled dimmer knobs. Just awesome in every aspect
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The controller may not be necessary for coral but i think having the ability to ramp up and down with the lights makes things more realistic for the fish and gives them a more lifelike home. That being said the reef breeders controller has some quirks but works well enough to be worth it IMO.
I haven't had any problems with any fish the entire time I have been in the hobby, and have never had any sort of dimming controller on any lighting. Have you seen a jump in fish health since you are using a controller? What were they doing before you got the controller?
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I have not been in the saltwater hobby long enough to offer conclusive proof that a dimmer is beneficial for fish health, I'm only offering my observations as to my fishs behavior as the lights ramp down. I also have never had lights that did not dim on my salt water tank. I can say on my fresh tank that I do not have a controller and when I switch from the whites and blues to blues only many of the fish dart around I assume due to the sudden change.

As I said in my previous post this is just my opinion based on my limited experience and observations. Since we all try to re-create as realistic a re-creation of the natural habitat as we can I chose to use dimmable lights to help with that.
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Old 08-12-2013, 01:03 PM   #1226
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Mine did at first too,, but they chill now. Just keep cruising around
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Old 08-12-2013, 02:41 PM   #1227
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They are nice, but not on the "essential" list. My fish do fine for over 20 years without a dimmer. No jumping. In fact their internal clocks are so good, most of the fish are holed up 5 minutes before the main lights go out.
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Quick question. How close or different is the royal blue compared to the standard blue led chips. More specifically the xp-e cree chip.
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Does anyone know if the Taotronics LEDs are compatible withe the Apex Controller?
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Old 08-14-2013, 03:01 PM   #1230
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Does anyone know if the Taotronics LEDs are compatible withe the Apex Controller?
As far as I know they do not.i think that was the main reason I upgraded to the evergrow it2040(which isn't compatible either)I just like the fact that its programmable so there isn't any use to hook it up to a controller.and I'm not knocking the taotronics or similar d120 models just really like this unit and its full spectrum!
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