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Thread: LEDs and SPS

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    Does anyone have LEDs on a reef tank with SPS?

    I’ve been thinking about up-grading the lighting on my 120 gallon reef tank. Right now I have a 4 bulb T5HO fixture and a two bulb T5HO fixture which work great, but I really hate the look of two fixtures on a tank that is sitting in my living room. Based on all the info that I have been able to find so far, there should not be a problem using LEDs for SPS. You still have to make sure your getting the correct level of lighting (just as you do for T5HO fixtures) but once you have validated that, in theory the LEDs should work just as well as T5HOs. I don’t have any SPS in that tank yet, but I want to make sure that whatever light I put on there, that I will have that option.

    Just wondering if there anyone out there that has first had experience they may be able to offer.
    If you take your time to do the research FIRST, you can successfully set-up and keep ANY type of aquarium with ease.
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    no experience but i would assume you would want at least 1/3 of the leds blue. if not more. there are far more leds than t5s so picking the right ones might get difficult unless you are going pre fab. if you plan to diy it i can help you wire it and help you make it the most efficient.
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    Thanks genocidex.

    I might take you up on that offer. Based on the prices I've found, DIY might be the best way to go.
    If you take your time to do the research FIRST, you can successfully set-up and keep ANY type of aquarium with ease.
    "Not using a quarantine tank is like playing Russian roulette. Nobody wins the game, some people just get to play longer than others." - Anthony Calfo
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    yeah tell me about it lol. im working on my 55g's leds system. im seeing like 30 bucks for everything :P. i dont know the requirements for corals and lights but i think ive read they need the blue lights, if you can give me some ideas on what color temps you are using im sure we can find the right leds :P
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    I don't have personal experience, but some of the bigger saltwater forums will have some filler for you. From what I have read, DIY is best pricewise and usually quality, since many products do not have the Cree xp series LEDs. However, if you have no understanding of electricity, I recommend extreme caution. I am in the process of building a 40b reef tank (eventually will have thread) and I am for sure going LED. 1/2 and 1/2 is what I have been seeing as far as blue to white, and Rapidled is a site that sells kits if interested. (sorry if I wasn't supposed to mention certain sites...)

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    sites are fine :P. yeah ive been seeing the same 50 50, i am quite happy helping any and all members with electricity issues. the only thing that might get dangerous with leds is the current those things can suck up alot of current :P. even the dyi systems can get pricey :P. but if you are willing to put in the work ive noticed buy using .08w leds instead of the 1W you can can do more work but get more light from them. but i would recomend reading up on the requirements for the coral as my knowledge is VERY limited.
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    Quote Originally Posted by genocidex
    sites are fine :P. yeah ive been seeing the same 50 50, i am quite happy helping any and all members with electricity issues. the only thing that might get dangerous with leds is the current those things can suck up alot of current :P. even the dyi systems can get pricey :P. but if you are willing to put in the work ive noticed buy using .08w leds instead of the 1W you can can do more work but get more light from them. but i would recomend reading up on the requirements for the coral as my knowledge is VERY limited.
    I thought leds were cheaper to run cause they used less power then t5 or equivalant.

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    It's a Christmas Bunny, Merry Christmas. - gadget228 I've not seen anyone with an umbrella here. You seem to have an odd collection of gifts...so here's my contribution. :-) - ~firefly~ "genocidex;1139790]stupid question... but would i be able to use lawn clovers in a tank?  lol"  REALLY - Strider199 crayfish! - Brhino thanks for sharing - sheamurai 
    For filling out my school! :) - Flyby Stardancer silly rabbit... - sheamurai They say one of these a day keeps doctors away.... - Trillianne Day Two... - Trillianne Thanks for the frogbit very much :) - Greentoads41 
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    They are. Depending on the led. You get more light per watt used. The idea is other lights waist power on things like heat and un useable light. Ie uv and ir. I wasnt saying anything about efficiancy tho :P
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    Im an electrical dummy. You said led use alot of current?

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    I said they can. Lol. My 55g system will use 1A. But its possible a big system can pull a good 3A. To give u an idea i think its 5 milli amps across the heart to stop it lol.
    If i get a better idea on whats needed for this tank i can give a decent power consumption. But leds generaly consumer half the power for the same light as metal hailde (spelling?)
    KING OF THE GOLD BARBS RAWR!!!!
    I wonder if i plant one of my tiger barbs would the demon seed grow to a full tree?
    gotta love them bunnies!
    I.R.S.: We've got what it takes to take what you've got!

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