Led and moonlight setup for my marine -- to be reef

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  1. jaival

    jaival Astrea Snail

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    hello everyone,

    i am planning for a CREE LED setup for my reef tank along with the moon light.

    tank details

    size: 72X27X24

    current light setup: none

    on the way: Kessils A350W 2 nos

    requirement: CREE LED UNIT 2 nos

    looking at the tank size i am sure that Kessils are not enough in the long run. soo to help with that i am looking for something that will help the corals grow, look sleek plus works as the moon light as my main requirement.

    my plans so far is

    TOTAL 2 UNITS

    EQUIPPED WITH SUNRISE AND SUNSET EFFECT
    12X6X2 inch Acrylic DIY
    50% ROYAL BLUE
    50% COOL WHITES

    CREE XP-G cool white 5 W 80 lens
    CREE XT-E royal blue 80 lens

    Both the channels individually controlled
    My plan sunrise
    For royal blue LED
    • 0700 from 20% to 30%
    • 0800 from 30% to 50%
    • 0900 from 50% to 70%
    • 1000 from 70% to 80%
    • 1100 from 80% to 100%
    for cool white
    • 0900 from 0% to 20%
    • 1000 from 20% to 50%
    • 1100 from 50% to 100%

    my plan for sunset
    for royal blue LED
    • 0600 PM from 100% to 30% gradually every hour
    • 1000 PM to 0700 AM 20% just blue moon lights

    for cool white
    • 06oo PM from 100% to 0% gradually in 3 hours

    initially kessils will be on timer from 1 PM to 6PM and rest CREE units will take care of everything.

    what do you experts think ? will this be a good call ? any suggestions changes will be highly appreciated

    thanks for tanking time and reading.
    waiting for the suggestions ...
     
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  3. jaival

    jaival Astrea Snail

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    knock knock any buddy here..... i need some suggestions.... please :)
     
  4. diverdan

    diverdan Bangghai Cardinal

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    Unfortunately I can't help you. I have an hqi fixture. Most of the users are in the east coast and its pretty quiet later in the evening. Best time to post or bump is in the morning. I wish you luck with you lighting. If it means anything, I think it looks good. It will also depend on how your livestock takes to it. Deemding on what your keeping as well. If they need more light you might need to bump up the percentages. The day to night effect looks good though.
     
  5. jaival

    jaival Astrea Snail

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    Thanks for the suggestions :) ll bump in morning :)
     
  6. 1.0reef

    1.0reef Giant Squid

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    Don't use CW use 1:2 ratio of NW:RB
     
  7. jaival

    jaival Astrea Snail

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    @0reef reason for using NW instead of CW ??
    Thanks :)
     
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  9. cosmo

    cosmo Giant Squid

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    CW is fine, but I'd order both, get a mixture of CW and NW about 2:1
    and also do the same for the blues, 2 to 1 RB verse some blues. I'd also highly recommend getting a violet color strand put together for growth if your doing corals.

    Look into bridgelux leds as they all run the same max current and look into running a strand in parallel so you only need 1 driver. I'd add about 16 violets, 4 reds, 4 cyans, and a few other colors.

    BUT, I think you'll find your lighting time and intensity is gonna FRY everything in the tank. Start lower and build up.

    Also, IMO, I had a DIY lighting system on 1/2 my tank and a reefbreeders on the other. I'd suggest just getting 2 reefbreeders dimmable/controllable fistures and call it a day. All the colors, neat package and a warranty;)
     
  10. jaival

    jaival Astrea Snail

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    thank you very much for the detailed explanation....
    i am not really a DIY person but so far from what i have read from all the online forums and threads is CREE is best... that was the reason i was planning to go for CREE

    yes will start with lower intensity and then updrade slowly... the tank is not yet a reef tank will put in corals once the tank is well set and have some experience so this is all the pre planning :)

    my fixture is pretty small for all the colors to be kept in so my plan is that i might mix CW and NW and RB in the ratio of 1:2
    i am not a fan of Violets ..... but if you suggest Violet for the night viewing i might think on it :)

    thanks for the reply....