My Rapid LED step by step install BioCube **Rapid Violet is here**

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  1. Biocube

    Biocube Giant Squid

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    So here is my complete rebuild of my power and lights, I hope you all enjoy and like my ideas. Here you will see before and after photos of my tank so please be NICE when it comes to the before photos, this was my first tank ever and things were thrown together but as of yesterday it all has been fixed. :) Oh and if you have any questions please feel free to PM me or respond to this thread. ;D

    Lastly id like to thank Mike from Rapid LED for all the help.

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    Supplies:
    1x Plug-and-Play Biocube 29 Dimmable Retrofit Kit
    2x DDC-01 PWM Controller
    1x Stunner LED Strips - 6watt, 12in. - Stunner LED Strips - Aquarium LED Lights
    1x 2 LED Moonlight Kit
    1x Mitron Interlink Digital Thermometer with LED Backlight Products Model: TTR-M4-A [TTR-M4-A] : Performance-PCs.com, ... sleeve it and they will come

    Resources:
    More images of build: Rapid LED Build pictures by cticcioni - Photobucket
    Driver Setup: http://www.vinnymarini.com/pictures/rapid_docs/Using Your Dimmable Driver.pdf
    PWM Daylight Controller Setup: http://www.vinnymarini.com/pictures/rapid_docs/DDC-01 Manual.pdf
    Rapid LED Plug & Play Install: http://www.vinnymarini.com/pictures/rapid_docs/Plug-N-Play Retrofit Kit.pdf


    Small video of complete project (You might want to view in 720P) :




    Step by step pictures:

    Before:
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    After:
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    Supplies:
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    Untouched hood:
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    Gutting hood #1:
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    Gutting hood #2
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    Open fan port:
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    Add reflector:
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    Open cord access:
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    Prep hood for heat sink:
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    Installing heat sink:
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    Mount LEDs:
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    Complete LED cluster:
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    Adjust SVR2 and PWM:
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    And there was light:
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    Light test 100%:
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    Make fan cluster:
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    Mount and align fan cluster:
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    Install Stunner:
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    Install heat sink temp sensor:
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    Wire Manage:
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    Attach acrylic:
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    Make Molex connection:
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    View #1 of Molex connection:
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    View #2 of Molex connection:
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    Before & After:
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    Drill ATO into back of stand:
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    Cable management almost done:
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    Complete Project!:
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    Tank View:
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    Close up of cable management:
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    Close up of cable management #2:
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    ATO:
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    Heat sink temp sensor:
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    Molex connection:
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    Tank:
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    Well I hope you all enjoyed my DIY thread.

    Thanks for viewing.
     
    Last edited: Apr 10, 2012
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  3. skurious

    skurious Sailfin Tang

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    Huge transormation, great job.
     
  4. Biocube

    Biocube Giant Squid

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    Thanks, it was only a few hours of work. ;-)
     
  5. Newreef15

    Newreef15 Horrid Stonefish

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    wow really nice job why dont you come over and do some "cable management" on my tank lmao really clean
     
  6. cosmo

    cosmo Giant Squid

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    Damn! Good work man! Looks nice!
     
  7. Biocube

    Biocube Giant Squid

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    Hmm ill take a free trip to FL.

    Im free Tue & Wed next week. ;D;D;D;D
     
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  9. Biocube

    Biocube Giant Squid

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    Here are some coral shots:

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    SOMEONE BETTER CALL THE TANG POLICE!!! ;-)
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  10. DBOSHIBBY

    DBOSHIBBY Sleeper Shark

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    Nice build! That heatsink temp sensor is cool, and its cheap. I'll have to remember that for mine when its time.
     
  11. thepanfish

    thepanfish Flying Squid

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    :2thumbsup What was going on with your cords man! :eek:

    Probably the best and most complete biocube mod thread, deserves a sticky for sure!
     
  12. dowtish

    dowtish Horrid Stonefish

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    Excellent DIY mod! and thanks for taking the time to take pics and share them.