Another TL550 LED upgrade

Discussion in 'Boyu TL450 and TL550 advice' started by jimilutz, 17 Jun 2013.

  1. jimilutz

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    I bought this TL550 from @boetie to use as a quarantine tank, or to put in my office
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    I rescaped it and put in some new PL tubes
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    I decided that the tank really wanted to have LEDs and I wanted to practice a build so that I could learn some tricks before attempting an upgrade on my big tank. So I bought a DIY kit from Aquastyle I also took the moonlight and 2xfan upgrades it cost USD206 including shipping (by post).Shipping heatsinks was too costly so I got a 60cm heatsink from Mantech and cut it in half (should probably have bought two 30cm ones) cost about R200 and delivered next day. I also bought one of the helping hands to assist with soldering (R124 well spent).
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    Had to gut the hood
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    To fit everything in
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    The controller allows you to set 4 channels of LEDs .You can daisy chain the driver boards on each channel and put seven 3w LEDs per board. The controller ramps up/down the power over 30 minutes. I am only using 3 of the channels with 2 drivers on one channel. The intent was to a create warm morning (2 blue, 2 pink, 2cyan, 1 white), hot midday (7 blue, 7 white) and sunset ( 2 blue, 2 pink, 1cyan, 2 white). The morning is too warm, I will replace 1 cyan and one pink with blues sometime)

    Just after installing the hood. Set to midday only. The corals were still asleep from having no light all day.
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    Sunset channel
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  3. dallasg

    dallasg Moderator MASA Contributor

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    very cool!!!
    nice work, can you give us the LED breakdown
     
  4. butcherman

    butcherman Moderator MASA Contributor

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    Wow, Great build. Acclimate your corals slowly to the new light. you have built a monster of and led unit. Slowly ram the intensity up. you might even find your tank dose well running the lights at 50%.
     
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    nice
     
  6. Wynie

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    Will definitely do this upgrade for my Boyu in the future.
     
  7. jimilutz

    jimilutz Thread Starter

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    @dallasg I bought the 14 white, 14 blue, 4 pink, 3 cyan config in the aquastyle link in the post. I left ou one bank of 3 blue 4 white as I thought this was enough light. @butcherman the controller has 4 led channels ( which fade in/out over 30 mins) and 2 on off channels so I have each bank turn on for 4 hours with a little overlap. The on/off channels are used for the fan and moonlights. I should probably remove one pink and one cyan as it a bit too colourful.
     
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    very very nice
     
  9. Wynie

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    Does anybody know where I can get a price for a boyu led canopy? Would like to campare the price with a diy build
     
  10. MaximusZA

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    I have been looking as well, most LFS dont know what i am talking about. if you find out please let me know.

    Nice Upgrade @jimilutz
     
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  11. Wynie

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    Ive only heard of them. Never seen or know of anybody who has one
     
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    very cool, thanks for the info
     
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