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Old 02-04-2013, 08:43 PM   #351
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I too am growing SPS under LEDs similar to the Taotronics. I also grow them under DIY fixtures with optics. Both work fine. PAR is PAR. Extra colors are for your eyes, not necessarily the coral. Not that lighting your corals to show off coloration is a bad thing. It just doesn't effect the coral growth that much IMO. In fact, accidentally bleaching your corals with a LED is far more likely.
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Old 02-04-2013, 09:39 PM   #352
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Yea I want proof the china ones work good
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Old 02-04-2013, 10:25 PM   #353
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Fine. Go for it.
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Old 02-04-2013, 11:07 PM   #354
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I'm subscribed in another thread in a reef forum that have people saying that the red, green, blues and other LED colors help in photosynthesis and help corals retain their colors. Some people have already noticed the drop in colors without the full spectrum of colors when testing under T5 compared to white/RB LEDs.
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I am going to go with buildmyled.com two fixtures that produce the color I am looking for with the needed PAR values. They don't need fans running and are super low profile. Appears to be a great USA product.
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Old 02-05-2013, 10:48 AM   #356
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Personally i am going to try the Chinese light for my first ever saltwater build as i have seen way more positive than negative, which to me speaks volumes as negative rep for things normally travels twice as fast. So i went ahead and Ordered this light. Amazon.com: 120 Watt Aquarium Coral Reef LED Grow Light 120W, 55x3 Watt Dimmable: Pet Supplies
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Old 02-05-2013, 04:07 PM   #357
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That's the same thing we are using, but that one has optics.
Terrance, I have both the colored fixture, and the straight blue/white ones and they are both coloring and growing at the same pace. I like the look of the straight blue/white fixtures better actually.
Those people that are noticing color changes are comparing LED fixtures to T5's? Apples to oranges. How is that going to tell anything?
Anyone who tells you that you NEED the colored LEDs hasn't done enough research. There are many things to factor in when it comes to coral coloration.
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Old 02-05-2013, 04:16 PM   #358
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I actually read on a site. That basically corals will grow under any light.. And in a book of the top ten best aquariums in the us. One of the reef tanks is run under 6500k lights.. If you do it right.. Anything will work.. IMO its just the other stuff that thrive in other kinds of light conditions... Good and bad..
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Just like Greg said "I too am growing SPS under LEDs similar to the Taotronics. I also grow them under DIY fixtures with optics. Both work fine. PAR is PAR. Extra colors are for your eyes, not necessarily the coral. Not that lighting your corals to show off coloration is a bad thing. It just doesn't effect the coral growth that much IMO. In fact, accidentally bleaching your corals with a LED is far more likely"

If your fixture has enough PAR, it will grow photosynthetic creatures.
Photosynthetically active radiation - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Old 02-05-2013, 04:32 PM   #360
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Mr x... By any chance do you have par par meter you would mind loaning.. Renting?? Lol nobody within 100 miles of me has one... I am very curious to see what my LEDs are putting out.. My LFS is too.. They keep asking me to find our.. Lol
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