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Old 08-28-2012, 01:52 AM   #1
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Taotronics LED fixtures

I'm looking into getting these LEDs for my upcoming reef. I plan on keeping mainly soft corals and nems. I plan on a 4 foot long tank possibly 3 foot. I was wondering how many of the fixtures would I need for each size tank with my coral choices. Thank you
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Old 08-28-2012, 01:56 AM   #2
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Planning on 65-80g so about 18-24" depth and 15-18" width if I'm not mistaken.
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A 4ft tank would require 2 fixtures.
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I have 3 over my 4ft by 3 ft tank ad they work great. 2 are ttronnics and 1 is evolution

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Okay cool thanks guys. I keep asking the same questions I feel like but I just really want to do things right the first time. I'll get 2 Tao tronics dimmable fixtures on eBay pretty soon here. Hope to order my tank Friday. And get part by part of everything else with each paycheck. Gonna be some time before I'm all up and running.
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I buy the lights Taotronics sells direct from the factory. Did not see them offering the dimmable fixture yet. I have them and they work nicely. This same factory builds panels from 60 watts to 400 watts. I use a 300 watt for my center light and can grow SPS like weeds. Taotronics is a major importer, so if they carry the light the price is very good. With shipping I pay about the same price they offer the panels for. I have used about 30 of them so far and had one early panel fail (it was mine, not a customers thank heavens) . The factory supplied me with spare parts, so I can fix them in my shop.
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I buy the lights Taotronics sells direct from the factory. Did not see them offering the dimmable fixture yet. I have them and they work nicely. This same factory builds panels from 60 watts to 400 watts. I use a 300 watt for my center light and can grow SPS like weeds. Taotronics is a major importer, so if they carry the light the price is very good. With shipping I pay about the same price they offer the panels for. I have used about 30 of them so far and had one early panel fail (it was mine, not a customers thank heavens) . The factory supplied me with spare parts, so I can fix them in my shop.
Ya I'm not sure it's actual taotronics, but I read a few reviews and watched YouTube videos on the light in question and they all were good. Would you recommend the non dimmable actual taotronics? I heard they are too strong sometimes.
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I would recommend them. The mistake many people make is underestimating the amount of usable light LEDs create. It may not look as bright to you, but it may be enough to.burn corals. Start them off high and lower them if possible. If that can't be done, use some linen to block some of the light temporarily and allow your corals to adjust slowly.
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I would recommend them. The mistake many people make is underestimating the amount of usable light LEDs create. It may not look as bright to you, but it may be enough to.burn corals. Start them off high and lower them if possible. If that can't be done, use some linen to block some of the light temporarily and allow your corals to adjust slowly.
Would the only signs of it being too intense be bleaching? Are there signs that I would be able to pick up on before there is an issue of that severity?
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? I have heard different answers. The ones one have are non-dimmable. Some say min 12 inches from water mine are about 10. What do you thk is best?
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