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How often do you guys have your lights on (LED)
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Reply #1

We ramp them up and down we control the intensity by what channel of light by percentage.    Depending on what guys keep in their tanks and who demanding the corals are.
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Alright thanks I'm going all softies and possibly a couple LPS. But I doubt I will maybe il ask this question in a few months time
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Mine come on at 9am and go off at 11:30pm

They automatically come on - ramp up - ramp down - onto blues - off


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Reply #4

As my fluval sea LEDS can't be programmed I was thinking as I'm at school all the time turn on blue only at 1 at 2 turn white on as well then at 10 white go of them 11 blue of its a bit of a bummer my lights as there cheap but high quality just no programming available is this to little lighting for softies
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Reply #5

If your lights aren't very powerful, I'd go to 12 hours of lighting.

What lighting is it? And what soft corals do you have?
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Reply #6

It's 25000K led  and I have no corals what so ever my tank is just a juwel trigon190 with a 28mm hole drilled in at the top ready for plumbing ideally i need more ideas on soft corals as the only one I want is a pulsing Xenia
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Reply #7

Hi, Levi.

The 28mm hole, what's that for? As that's really narrow, it might only fit a 20mm bulkhead. It's not enough for any kind of sump plans. To be honest, unless you're in a position to drill it properly with a weir, I'd silicone a 50mm tile of glass over it and forget about it.

Those lights at just 25W aren't enough for anything but fish. Pulsing Xenia would survive in a bucket of old engine oil so that might be fine, but you'll need more watts if you want other soft corals.

Mushrooms don't require that much light either, but they'd certainly need more than that. Have a look on eBay for 2nd hand Evergrow units. The light you have the ordinary little bulb looking LEDs in it, and even with 312 of them, it's only 25W. You really need the new chip style LED units which are between 3W and 5W each. A 180W Maxspect Razor for example has just 39 LEDs but is 180w! each LED is absolutely blinding.

If you've a limited budget, you might get a 2nd hand T5 or even Metal Halide unit very cheap, as they're outdated technology now, so you can get a real bargain. I'd avoid Metal Halide, as they're far too bright for your needs and use a lot of power. T5s are best of both worlds, not as bright or efficient as LEDs, but don't kick out the heat or use the power of Halides.

Just take it slow and build your kit as you go.  :glad:
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Reply #8

????crap thought I made the right choice with the fluval done so much reading up on it reviews was great and the price is a huge thing with me as I'm only 15 i can't just ask mum and dad for a razor or radion costing hundreds of pounds but you think the fluval was just a waste of money and not to bother Evan installing it
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Reply #9

It's not a waste of money, it's a good unit, just not up to keeping corals that's all. If you had a FOWLR tank, it'd be fine.

Remember our eyes adjust to light, so it might look bright to you, but put a razor, evergrow, Kessil, on it and it'll be 10 times more light, but your eyes will see it as probably twice as bright. If you measure it'll you'll know that your eyes are lying as your apertures close up to restrict the light coming in, so it doesn't seem 10 times brighter even though it is.

Just ask those with experience. Reading up is great, but articles on lighting aren't personalised to your situation, where as experienced reefers can give you better advice based on your personal situation.

Christmas is coming, so if you look on eBay for proper LED panels with CREE or Bridgelux LEDs, they're no where near the cost of an Xbox or whatever else you might have asked for so it could be in the bag.  ;)
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Reply #10

Yeah that was my Christmas present that's the problem I don't want to say to my mum it's not up to scratch I have a old T5 fixture I could hook up with it as well would this help it but my LFS did say it would be up to scratch on all softies and some LPS if place right kinda think it was a mistake trying to convert over to marine
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Reply #11

Ah.  :|

I'd look for another LFS... 25W of LEDs is nothing for anything but fish.

What's the T5? If you could combo the both, that might work.
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Reply #12

Yeah they aren't the best halve of them have no clue about fish theres one bloke who knows what he's on about but he's only on 2 days the week when I'm at school
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Reply #13

Don't forget all small businesses are struggling to survive, so it's difficult not to be a salesman. Just use judgement to know if you're being sold at, or being given honest, good advice, and always feel free to double check that advice here, as everyone's impartial, we don't benefit in anyway from that guy selling you something, so you'll get totally honest advice.

What are the T5s? If you can pair the two, they'll likely be up to pretty much all softies depending on the T5s.
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Reply #14

It weren't a small business it was swallow aquatics it has four stores over east anglia so I trusted them and this is the T5 it's nothing great but I hope it does the job I had it on a 3ft tropical plated tank
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