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Old 04/18/2012, 08:47 PM   #1
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LED lighting

Hello everyone. I have a question. Are Taotronics led fixtures good? I just bought 2 off ebay for $40 less each then from Amazon.com. I know they will be better then the shop light T8 I have now. Thanks


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Old 04/19/2012, 07:21 AM   #2
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I have no personal experience with them but from what I have read they are on the cheaper side. Mainly good for soft coral tanks. IME, you get what you pay for...


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Old 04/19/2012, 07:23 PM   #3
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Good because I'm not puting hard corals in my tank.


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Old 04/21/2012, 08:26 AM   #4
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This is the same one from e-bay but alot less money.

http://www.amazon.com/TaoTronics-Aqu...d_sim_sbs_lg_1


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Old 04/21/2012, 09:39 AM   #5
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That is classic. The image that they show at Amazon shows it lighting a tank with a few fish in it... kinda. It is actually shown lighting the aquarium screen saver on a computer! I guess we know it keeps computer fish and corals alive...


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Old 04/22/2012, 08:18 AM   #6
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Well if it don't work for my tank then I just bought some expensive shop lights for my garage.


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Old 04/22/2012, 12:14 PM   #7
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You got pm'd.


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Old 04/26/2012, 06:50 PM   #8
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I got the lights yesterday and installed them today. WOW what a difference. It actually looks like the sun is shinning on my tank. My Kenia trees are loving it. I'll give a weekly update as to how the light are doing with my current corals. Will get corals with color in them in 2 weeks and I'll update on those as well. So if these lights work like they say I will most definately give them praise. Time will tell.


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Old 04/26/2012, 06:53 PM   #9
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cool post some pics


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Old 04/27/2012, 06:40 PM   #10
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That is classic. The image that they show at Amazon shows it lighting a tank with a few fish in it... kinda. It is actually shown lighting the aquarium screen saver on a computer! I guess we know it keeps computer fish and corals alive...
Actually laughed out loud looking at the image...


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Old 04/27/2012, 07:08 PM   #11
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Do keep us updated, I too would like to see pictures.


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Old 04/28/2012, 01:50 AM   #12
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First pic is with shop light and secong pic is with e-bay led. For now I only have 2 LED lights. I may get the 3rd one depending on how things grow. I know I need more live rock. But hopefully now I can start to get more stuff.


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Old 05/20/2012, 07:33 AM   #13
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First update. Green algea is forming on the glass. Hard and crusty. And my Kenya trees have been shriveled up for 3 days now. I read somewhere that that might mean they will split. Other then brightness that's the only difference so far.


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Old 05/20/2012, 07:46 AM   #14
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You should move you lights higher or move the Kenya trees to a less intense light spot. They shriveled up because you didn't acclimate your corals to the new lights.


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Old 05/20/2012, 11:33 AM   #15
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Thanks for the update, keep them coming. I have been on the edge of purchasing these several times and need a make/break decision factor


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Old 05/21/2012, 07:00 PM   #16
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Only one tree is shriveled and one is half shriveled. And one is open all the way. I think my main problem is that I'm not using RO water just tap. But I've been doing that since last year.


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Old 05/26/2012, 07:02 PM   #17
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kenya trees are fine now just much fatter then before.


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Old 05/26/2012, 07:05 PM   #18
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I just seen something weird in my tank. My coral banded shrimp just cleaned my pearl scale. Never seen that before. Was actually kind of cool.


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Old 05/26/2012, 07:45 PM   #19
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Tao fixtures aren't dimmable, that's the only quarrel I would have with them.


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Old 05/28/2012, 07:53 AM   #20
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Where can I find a PAR reader? I don't want to by one. Thanks


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Old 05/28/2012, 08:05 AM   #21
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if you are a member of ctars they have one to lend out.


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Old 06/10/2012, 08:07 AM   #22
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Well my Kenya trees have dropped babies.


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Old 06/10/2012, 08:36 AM   #23
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Well my Kenya trees have dropped babies.
and now your hatred for kenya trees begins


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Old 06/10/2012, 02:43 PM   #24
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Any other updates or pics? It's been a month and a half - are you still seeing coral growth? Does your tank have just softies or do you have LPS and Stonies too? Thanks!


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Old 06/10/2012, 04:29 PM   #25
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and now your hatred for kenya trees begins
haha , u have that same loving feeling ...


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