Pico LED Lighting?

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  1. coralreefer

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    I know next to nothing about LED lighting. I have tried to stay away from it because of the expense and the fact that it appears to be in it's infancy in the hobby. However, I want to set up a pico tank and the lighting options are extremely limited. Seems like it's either PC or bust and I am not sure that they are even going to continue to make bulbs for many of the fixtures. I was thinking of going with either a JBJ Picotope 3 gallon or doing a 2.5-5 gallon aqueon tank. If I end up doing it, this tank will house primarily Ricordea florida. I want to have a fairly high par value because I hate the look of under illuminated rics. Has anyone used this light particular light or think I could get away with it. Any thoughts or alternatives are welcomed!

    http://www.nanotuners.com/product_info.php?cPath=74&products_id=623

    They also have these but who knows when they will be ready...

    http://www.nanotuners.com/product_info.php?cPath=74&products_id=668

    http://www.nanotuners.com/product_info.php?cPath=74&products_id=667

    TIA,
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    They make 12" T5 VHO bulbs with internal reflectors too. It would also be a good option.

    Honestly, most picos are small enough where you can grow LPS under PC lighting as long as you have enough (I did 18w 50/50 actinic/10K on a standard 2.5 and was able to keep ricordea, frogspawn, zoas, etc.). If you want to keep SPS I'd suggest looking into T5VHO or LED. I, as well as others on this site, would be glad to help you build a DIY LED fixture.

    All of the Pico LED lights done by Evil are good, but more expensive than a DIY.


    BTW I moved this to the Pico/Nano forum.
     
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    I have never been a big fan of PC but if I have to I could go with it. Have you seen any decent 12" T5 fixtures or do I have to go with a retrofit? Would be interested in help with a DIY LED...just not sure how many I would need and have never gotten into anything electrical of that nature...how much do you think I would save going that route?
     
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    You could go with this...click

    Here's a link to a site that sells em..click
     
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    Very interesting, thanks for the link! I wonder if anyone has done any par readings on these...

    Also, is coralife the only company that makes bulbs this size?
     
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    Anyone have a DIY LED link ?
     
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    Yeah, looks like coralife is the only company that makes em.
     
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    In case you haven't seen yet, www.rapidled.com has a 6 LED DIY kit. Just supply the heatsink and fixture. It's a lot cheaper than Evil's pre-made LEDs, but of course you have to do the work yourself.
     
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    Are you talking about this one:

    http://www.rapidled.com/servlet/the-61/06-Ultra-Premium-LED/Detail

    Just kinda confused because it only looks like there are 3 in the picture. Do you have any links to a website with instructions on how to put something like this together?
     
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    Oh how I wish I had waited 6 months to do my DIY build, it looks so much easier now. Pre-tapped heatsinks?! But of course, I'm sure in another 6 months it will be even easier/cheaper still.
     
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    Yup, that's the one. 3 have black lenses, 3 are naked. And you can follow mine or Bemi's thread we posted. As far as I know, there's no instruction manual anywhere, just people's build threads. I'm always happy to help you through it if it's something you want to tackle.
     
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    On a side note, I highly recommend making it dimmable, that way you don't bleach everything at the start.
     
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    Bemi, they've upgraded their white LEDs to the XP-G bin, which don't have lenses yet. And you probably wouldn't want lenses as they'd bleach corals.
     
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    Yeah, I agree with the kit you selected, it just wasn't the one I was talking about (though I should have been talking about it).

    The reason I like using the items I listed in post 11 is that they are easily put together and you could make it dimable.

    They do make 41.6 degree optics for the XP-G, but again, in a tank this small there's no reason to do that.
     
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    Post 7 of which thread?
     
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