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Old 02-23-2013, 02:09 PM   #441
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Understood. I was simply stating it for everyone. That fixture you linked is good then, because if you don't like the red, green and violet LEDs you can turn them down.
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Old 02-23-2013, 02:14 PM   #442
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I think you've said that you prefer having the basic blue and white combo to having the violet red and green. I can't really say, having never seen these colors in person. The main reason I was interested in this unit was because 60 watts of LEDs sounds reasonable for a 20 and all the special colors are on their own third plug and dimmer. I may get the 120w but knowing all I will ever do is a 20, I would rather not be concerned with future upgrades or selling the fixture to someone with a larger tank. My only consideration is getting a suitable light for this system and nothing more.
I think you can do a 120w as long as it is dimmable. 1) You can adjust the output to the strength according to what your corals demand, 2) you can use them IN CASE you ever change your mind on going bigger with tank size, and 3) They will be more marketable to other reefers should you ever decide to break down and sell them.
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On my little brothers tank, I bought him a taotronics dimmable and it is at 20%. We just put it on his tank and he has a 250 watt mh before. What a difference in the growth already. All of his corals across the board and happier now and there is growth everywhere. His tank is a 37 gallon (a tall 30). He has a couple sps, Lps and quite a few zoas. It's been about 3-4 weeks since we put it on, and nothing but positive results. I would really recommend it. Also if you decide to grow more coral in the same tank, you may want a little more light. You have that option. We are still tinkering and adjusting but I haven't seen one coral bleach, or stop growing anywhere in his tank, nothing but big time growth and colors look amazing!
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Old 02-23-2013, 09:36 PM   #444
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On my little brothers tank, I bought him a taotronics dimmable and it is at 20%. We just put it on his tank and he has a 250 watt mh before. What a difference in the growth already. All of his corals across the board and happier now and there is growth everywhere. His tank is a 37 gallon (a tall 30). He has a couple sps, Lps and quite a few zoas. It's been about 3-4 weeks since we put it on, and nothing but positive results. I would really recommend it. Also if you decide to grow more coral in the same tank, you may want a little more light. You have that option. We are still tinkering and adjusting but I haven't seen one coral bleach, or stop growing anywhere in his tank, nothing but big time growth and colors look amazing!
Thanks for jumping in, you're the first person I've heard that's actually using these exact lights. Good to know they're doing the job!
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Old 02-24-2013, 02:30 AM   #445
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Well several people are, in fact X was the one who recommended them. If I had the money, they would also be over my 135 and 180, but that 6 fixtures not counting if I wanted them over my fuges. They are very much so one of the best fixtures on the market and don't look cheap by any means. Well built and very good quality.
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Yep. I'm using them over my tanks. I've been using them for months. I wouldn't go as far as saying they are the best fixtures on the market, but they will do the job for a cheap price. This is what started this entire thread. My argument was that they are the "best bang for the buck".
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Yep. I'm using them over my tanks. I've been using them for months. I wouldn't go as far as saying they are the best fixtures on the market, but they will do the job for a cheap price. This is what started this entire thread. My argument was that they are the "best bang for the buck".
A lot of people's initial concerns with these were build quality, LED color quality (for unwanted algae growth), noise, and real world results of coral growth and coral vibrancy. I think this thread, and the mass of info you shared along with other Chinese fixture owners, has put most of these concerns to rest. Thank you so much for sharing so much of your time and information. Really, thank you. I'll definitely be ordering some version of these lights for my latest reef tank.

I think it's very clear that the blue and white LED fixtures work at least as well as the MH and fluorescent combination that I used to use, and at a fraction of the overall cost. It may still be too early to know if the latest fixtures like the Reef Breeders, that use violet, red and green LEDs are any better than the standard white and blue TaoTronics.
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just ordered 8 fixtures.


Will post up some pics when I get them!
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just ordered 8 fixtures.


Will post up some pics when I get them!
I can't wait to see what you're gonna do with 8 fixtures! One tank?
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about 2 months in.

Coral growth - yes and most noticable with my sps. LPS love them. My hammer, frogspawn, galaxia, ect have all now adjusted and are open and colorful.
Algae growth - no. I have significatnly less algae with my LED's than with my T5's
Heat issues - None
Power consumption - I'm saving about $30 a month from this time last year. I'm down 2 kwh's a day compared to last year and pre chirstmas. The only thing i've changed in my house is my lights. My wife is thrilled...lol
Noise - No, fans are silent.

Issues - I "think" the bright light stressed out my dwarf lion and I've had my first real ich outbreak. I didn't loose any fish and it's gone now (for now) but I think the change in light intensity did have an effect on it.

Light sensitive coral aren't thrilled with the new lights. I have a nice green/orange lobo and even on the sand it's fading on the tops of the polyps. My mushrooms hated them so I moved them to a shady area under rock work and they've opened up again. My finger leather is half the size it was with T5s and doesn't seem to want to open up again. All other coral (I have about 30 kinds) are doing fantastic. Its just about finding the right spot for everything...


Still super pleased with these units and highly recomend them...
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