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Old 10-28-2013, 12:56 AM   #1421
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I would like to bring up that one of my taos has stopped working...the blue lights to be exact the whites still work but the blue do not. The warranty I do not believe will help at all I have tried contacting them and they send mt messages to the ebay seller and the ebay seller tells me im going to have to pay to send the lights to them and pay a $90 fee because the light is broken...I cant send the light back the corals will die...I will keep all updated i will post all the emails too soon if I have too I have seen no such bad reviews yet on taos but I will make it known that there are problems if they do not act soon.
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Old 10-28-2013, 09:39 AM   #1422
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Sorry to hear about that but I have heard a lot about Ebay sellers not standing behind the products that they are selling. That is the main reason I do not buy anything from Ebay.
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Old 10-28-2013, 09:48 AM   #1423
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I would like to bring up that one of my taos has stopped working...the blue lights to be exact the whites still work but the blue do not. The warranty I do not believe will help at all I have tried contacting them and they send mt messages to the ebay seller and the ebay seller tells me im going to have to pay to send the lights to them and pay a $90 fee because the light is broken...I cant send the light back the corals will die...I will keep all updated i will post all the emails too soon if I have too I have seen no such bad reviews yet on taos but I will make it known that there are problems if they do not act soon.
Can I ask what seller, and was it a Taotronics branded light, or a copycat panel?

This was (and is) my main concern with these panels...long term reliability and servicing.

Also, how close to the water did you keep them? I wonder if splash led to salt buildup...
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Old 10-28-2013, 10:05 AM   #1424
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First is shot at noon day in Caribbean. 50' of water +100' visibility. No flash. The wreck of the Rhone off of Salt Island. Second picture is of creatures with flash. Without it, there would be no color other than shades of blue at this depth. Similar to a all blue light aquarium. It's realistic, but boring without the full spectrum of colors IMO.
That sure looks like a Hawaiian slipper lobster in the 2nd picture... To me they look like a cross between a lobster and a cockroach ., a very strange looking creature to see in person .
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Old 10-28-2013, 10:08 AM   #1425
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This is the Tropical Pacific Aquarium In Long Beach California with full spectrum lighting.

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Old 10-28-2013, 02:03 PM   #1426
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I would like to bring up that one of my taos has stopped working...the blue lights to be exact the whites still work but the blue do not. The warranty I do not believe will help at all I have tried contacting them and they send mt messages to the ebay seller and the ebay seller tells me im going to have to pay to send the lights to them and pay a $90 fee because the light is broken...I cant send the light back the corals will die...I will keep all updated i will post all the emails too soon if I have too I have seen no such bad reviews yet on taos but I will make it known that there are problems if they do not act soon.
I can perhaps look around and dig up a driver for you. They are easy to exchange out. You might even find the right driver (voltage/wattage) in the lighting section of the hardware store. Unless your panel is dimmable, that takes a PCM driver.
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Old 10-28-2013, 02:06 PM   #1427
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Sorry to hear about that but I have heard a lot about Ebay sellers not standing behind the products that they are selling. That is the main reason I do not buy anything from Ebay.
Cheapest price isn't always the best price. I warrantied my Chinese panels when I sold them and kept spare parts, but I couldn't/wouldn't sell them for $130.
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That sure looks like a Hawaiian slipper lobster in the 2nd picture... To me they look like a cross between a lobster and a cockroach ., a very strange looking creature to see in person .
Correct! That photo was from several different locations, including a cave dive in FW.
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I don't see nothing but blue corals, and I don't run reds or greens. I'm not talking full actinic. That look is not something I enjoy and only use it as a dusk/dawn thing, but red and green corals do glow red and green under blue light. They don't suddenly turn blue. the only thing that doesn't look right under the blues is my yellow tang. it looks like a scopus with the blues on.
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That Last video Jeff posted looks like a FOWLR tank. I didn't see any coral growing.
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