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LooseHip
02/24/2009, 11:22 PM
Well I had a bit of a disaster (all my fault) with my sps reef when I was rushing to get my setup done.. Long story short I broke my skimmer, sump sprung a leak, and cracked my new tank. All this happened in a matter of 5 hours... I almost threw the towel in but luckily I found a local reefer to hold all my stuff until I managed to replace everything. In anycase I got bored and decided to start a little side project...

While shopping at Costco last week I discovered that they had a LED floodlight and the reef bug got the best of me. I thought to myself that this would be cool to try out over a small reef tank. So I purchased a 10 gallon tank and went to work...

Money Invested
LED Light 15.00
10 gallon tank 10.00
plumbing 10.00
total: ~35.00


already had the following:
mag 7, heater, LR, sand, 5gallon sump....

I drilled the tank for a closed loop with a mag 7 (overkill always :D)...

So here is what I have for now, I will eventually plumb in a sump to hide the heater, and additional filteration.

First a couple pics of the new setup with custom stand (built by me)
http://reefcentral.com/gallery/data/500/136001nwsetup.jpg

http://reefcentral.com/gallery/data/500/136001newsetup.jpg



10 gallon project
http://reefcentral.com/gallery/data/500/136001tengal_1.jpg

soon to be sump for 10 gallon
http://reefcentral.com/gallery/data/500/136001sump.jpg

Lighting America LED from Costco
http://reefcentral.com/gallery/data/500/136001led2.jpg

http://reefcentral.com/gallery/data/500/136001led1.jpg

closed loop... (bad pic)
http://reefcentral.com/gallery/data/500/136001cl.jpg

Not sure what will happen... Have some pink zoas in there now

SpinningHat
02/25/2009, 01:00 AM
Hrmm.. I posted something about this in the DIY forum, to see if using the Home LED bulbs would be sufficient to light a small (20Gal) tank. I see that you'd really need more than one to really make the tank light up. Did you try raising the fixture to see if you got any better spread? What kind of fixture are you using?

SpinningHat
02/25/2009, 01:02 AM
Also - Anyone think about using the RGB stage lights to try to loght a tank? Those are supposed to create most whatever color you're looking for with the right controller, and they're not super expensive... And they come in their own lamp!

LooseHip
02/25/2009, 09:53 AM
I tried raising it, but it seems to lose too much intensity.. I think 2 or three of these bulbs would be ideal over the 10 gallon, but it is purely experimental at this point.. As for a fixture, I am just using a cheapo aluminum light from HD.

SpinningHat
02/25/2009, 10:42 PM
looks like the Par rating is about 380 and the color is 6500K.. (Saw it on the side of the light) Without having to sit and count each diode, how many are on that bulb? I think some of the LED lights like that could work pretty well if a guy could get the right intensity and dispersal...

LooseHip
02/25/2009, 10:51 PM
Nice catch, I didn't even see that.... I will say the light is pretty white, not really yellow at all. Who knows, I could be wasting my time, but I figured for a 15.00 light it would be worth a try...
<a href=showthread.php?s=&postid=14485127#post14485127 target=_blank>Originally posted</a> by SpinningHat
looks like the Par rating is about 380 and the color is 6500K.. (Saw it on the side of the light) Without having to sit and count each diode, how many are on that bulb? I think some of the LED lights like that could work pretty well if a guy could get the right intensity and dispersal...

LJA
02/25/2009, 11:40 PM
Brilliant Idea, closed loop 10G tank.

Let us know how the light works out.

aninjaatemyshoe
02/26/2009, 12:24 AM
<a href=showthread.php?s=&postid=14485127#post14485127 target=_blank>Originally posted</a> by SpinningHat
looks like the Par rating is about 380 and the color is 6500K.. (Saw it on the side of the light) Without having to sit and count each diode, how many are on that bulb? I think some of the LED lights like that could work pretty well if a guy could get the right intensity and dispersal...

The "Par" that the fixture refers to has to do with its socket design; totally different from "Photosynthetically Available Radiation". This LED is fine if you're just using it to light the tank, but I doubt it will be able to grow much if anything. Definitely do not try using it for anything more demanding than mushrooms.

hummermaniac88
02/27/2009, 11:07 PM
Tagging along for the lights...

LooseHip
02/28/2009, 04:11 PM
zoas have been in for 4 days now, the seem to respond postively to the light. All have opened. We shall see what happens growth wise.

Zestay
02/28/2009, 06:58 PM
loosehip, how would you rate the "shimmer" effect of this mutli LED bulb?

1DeR9_3Hy
02/28/2009, 08:50 PM
bookmarked

Keep us up to date.

Zestay
02/28/2009, 09:20 PM
i found this light bulb available at sams club as well. approx 15 bux. also available from thier website.

LooseHip
03/01/2009, 12:24 AM
the shimmer effect is decent. The more surface aggitation the better.
<a href=showthread.php?s=&postid=14505387#post14505387 target=_blank>Originally posted</a> by Zestay
loosehip, how would you rate the "shimmer" effect of this mutli LED bulb?

gconsier
12/14/2010, 11:59 AM
bump?

So what happened with all of this?

cherubfish pair
12/14/2010, 11:59 PM
bump?

So what happened with all of this?
+1

LooseHip
01/06/2011, 05:09 PM
I didn't have the tank up long enough to determine any kind of results, it was only in operation for about 3 weeks. Aesthetically speaking, the light wouldn't be my first choice.