Discussion in 'I made this!' started by evolved, Sep 27, 2010.
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looking forward to seeing the growth..8)
First off, I want to say kudos, this is an awesome build. One of the most complete step by step LED builds I have found...pretty stoked to see the one year growth updates.
Anyways, I am currently thinking of doing an LED retrofit in my 29g biocube. The HQI setups on BC29's are just a bit too much for me...not really looking for some exposed halide light in the middle of my room...and so I thought LED's would be perfect. I have a couple of questions though, or more would like remarks on the setup I am thinking of doing...
I want to run two drivers in my setup, both dimmable...one driver with 12 or 14? royal blues and another driver with 10 cool whites and 2 or 4? Warm whites. My depth is only around 14" so I wasn't planning on using any optics.
My questions then are...should I go to the trouble of including so few warm whites or should I consider a third driver to include the warm whites, and possibly some more blues? Also, would you recommend optics, or am i correct in saying that given my depth they really aren't necessary?
Not to hijack your thread, but you seem to know what you are talking about, and I would love some input, Thanks.
Why did you include the Warm Whites in you build? I read through this entire thread, I am pretty sure, but you never mention why that is the, "secret Kick.". Is it too compensate for something missing in the spectrum, or is it simply for looks?
Thank you; see responses above.
Yeah, about that...
I've got a mysterious nutrient issue right now and my tank isn't nearly as pretty as I'd like it to be. I'm a bit hesitant to take pictures at the moment, but let me see how well I can get things cleaned up this week. I'll try to get something up here on Sunday.
It was mentioned; you must have missed it. No worries. I did that to help compensate for a lack of the red spectrum with the cool whites. This mostly helps with the color rendition of the reds of the corals/fish, and tends to keep them looking more red as opposed to rust. It's mostly aesthetic.
awesome, thank you for the responses...Your build was an inspiration, I got everything to do 24 LEDs in the mail, and it should be operational by next week...i hope. As far as optics go, lenses came with the rapidled kit, so I just asked for them to be 80 degree lenses. Since I have them, should I include them, or is it overkill?
Play around with them and see what you like. It might look better with them, without them, or with a few.
Somebody was asking a while back about what type of plastic to use for an array cover, lexan or acrylic.
Don't use lexan. Let me show you why:
See the white spots? Those are burned in from the intensity of the diodes.
I replaced my covers with acrylic a couple months ago.
Oh wow thats insane..
Nice heads up thanks!
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