DIY LED help needed

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  1. TanyaB

    TanyaB

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    Hi, I am in need of some help please.

    I want to build a LED unit for my tank - 200cm(L)X60cm(W)X70cm(D) the tank has a canopy on with 6 t5's - 3 short and 3 long (all white). Should I keep the t5's or do a LED unit only?

    I have no idea how to go about it and would like some advice on how many LED's, what color and where to buy them?

    We would like to make it a mixed reef tank (after adding some more Live Rock and wave makers)

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    Here is a pic of the tank.

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  3. JS

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    I would rather look at buying some 2nd hand LED units...i think someone is selling two vertex ilumina units that will be perfect for your tank in the forsale section...the DIY route works out just as pricey in the end...and never really looks good...thats just my 2c...
     
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    Thanks I will definitely have a look in for sale section.
     
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    Yep, rather get secondhand, diy for that size will also be quite expensive.
     
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    First off keep the t5s and just add leds to the mix. Start off with a few just to get the hang of making them up. If all your tubes are white then I would use some royal blues maybe 20 then, on that size add maybe 2 each of cyan, red and blue. Make sure they 3w leds and that they have a diffuser covering them. You don't need to worry about lenses. The above wont do much in respect of your light quality but it will add to the aesthetics of the tank at least and give you time to figure out what you should have done differently and what you think you might want more of.

    As fars as im concerned even just adding a row of royal blue leds helps out with colour.

    Like they said earlier though if you can afford a second hand unit rather go that way.
     
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    I built a 1.5m led unit to supplement my 200w T5 unit. The LED unit is also about 200w. I got the LEDS and drivers from Aquastyle and the heatsink from mantech. It cost about R10k. I am happy with the combo.
     
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    Thanks guys I will look into all your suggestions.
     
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