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Old 03-26-2013, 01:09 PM   #671
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A controller could turn the lights off and on, but it's not going to dim them.
I have a new update:

My ongoing study of these units has me convinced that they are far more powerful than we think. I am growing montipora cap and montipora sp. at 20"+ away from a dimmable fixture with the whites turned all the way down and the blues at 100%.
The corals are colorful and the anemones in the tank are also thriving.

I believe this is the reason people are losing color on their sps. Most of the sps in my tank took months to acclimate to this lighting, the ORA Red Planet, and an Acropora Valida being the last to catch up.
I'm running my daylights over my 300 for only 5 hours and the blues for 10, and everything is coloring up well, plus growing very quickly.

I believe the PAR meter is a very poor gauge in determining how potent LEDs are in general.
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Old 03-26-2013, 02:00 PM   #672
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Is anyone using reefbreeders, or is everyone using taotronics? They are both $179 shipped..
Need to get something for my 56gcolumn.
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Old 03-26-2013, 02:55 PM   #673
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A controller could turn the lights off and on, but it's not going to dim them.
I have a new update:

My ongoing study of these units has me convinced that they are far more powerful than we think. I am growing montipora cap and montipora sp. at 20"+ away from a dimmable fixture with the whites turned all the way down and the blues at 100%.
The corals are colorful and the anemones in the tank are also thriving.

I believe this is the reason people are losing color on their sps. Most of the sps in my tank took months to acclimate to this lighting, the ORA Red Planet, and an Acropora Valida being the last to catch up.
I'm running my daylights over my 300 for only 5 hours and the blues for 10, and everything is coloring up well, plus growing very quickly.

I believe the PAR meter is a very poor gauge in determining how potent LEDs are in general.
I agree with you I just upgraded tanks and lights to 2 Taoronics (from 4bulb t5 on 29g) on my 55g and moved all the corals over under the lights which are at like 20% and it is just amazing how much better everything is doing.. my acans open up more and everything is growing from top to bottom and sps are doing great. These lights are very powerful.
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Old 03-26-2013, 05:36 PM   #674
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Is anyone using reefbreeders, or is everyone using taotronics? They are both $179 shipped..
Need to get something for my 56gcolumn.
They are the same thing. I have both of them over my system right now.
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Old 03-26-2013, 05:47 PM   #675
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I ordered this one for my 40B hope I ordered the right one lol

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Old 03-26-2013, 05:49 PM   #676
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Yep. that's the right one.
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Old 03-26-2013, 05:52 PM   #677
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It's been 2 weeks since I had my knock off taotronics 120 watt dimmable and I could honestly say my corals look GREAT!.nice polyp extension as well.i have a mixed reef with sps,lps and softies in a 34 solana .the only thing I had a problem with was the unit I bought didnt have optic lenses and with my setup I had no choice but to hang the unit from the ceiling.i have it hanging 11 inches over the water line with 90 degree lenses.now I'm not blind sitting in the living room.my only problem is my unit came with an option of lunar lights which consist of 3 of the blues being lit and they are too bright for lunar lights,anyone know if they make blue optic lenses and will this correct the problem of them being too bright?i only use my whites for 2 hours a day and the rest are blues..ooh and as far as electric is concerned coming from metal halides to led's my electric bill is 55 dollars cheaper than last month
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You could put a piece of tape over 2 of the 3 moon lights and leave the optics off.
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You could put a piece of tape over 2 of the 3 moon lights and leave the optics off.
I was thinking that as well...or trying to darken the lense somehow
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