Diy nano lighting options

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  1. Courtney99

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    Right guys,

    So i have sorted out the skimmer dillema (check my other thread)and the stand is about halfway done,now on to the other (exrobitantly) expensive yet crucial piece of hardware in keeping a reef-lighting

    The tank I am going to build is not going to be big at all (46lx30bx40h) nor very deep,specifically to keep costs down(glass,lighting,etc.).My plan is to only keep soft corals so the ligh neednt be too intense(to my understanding).

    So now for my quesion,what are my lowest cost diy lighting options?I have been looking for t5 lighting,but cant find good globes that are shorter than 55cm.Do decent t5's of 46cm and less exist?

    If short tubes are not available,could i use a 14w6500k cfl(from phillips) and a handfull of cheaper (jebo and he like)brand "blue" t5 lightbulbs together?

    I have used the zoomedic 15w t8's in the past in my FW setups and they are quite potent,could i get away with using the coral sun one and the 50/50 with good reflectors,and carefull placement of the corals?

    Lastly is DIY LED:What LED's to get,what do they cost,where do i get them,what powersupply to use?

    These are the options i have considered sofar,I dont think MH lights are much of an option as i dont pay the power bill:p
     
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    Dymax Compact Flourescents 24W (just over 30cm) 10000k with a cheap Daro T8 25W ballast

    LED is can very expensive to start up due the drivers costs
     
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    Thats just what i wanted to know,thanks man!

    Will they be sufficient for soft corals?
     
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    Yip put reflectors on to get the maximum out of the bulbs. Will be fine for softies and gives you a nice colour temp
     
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    Thanks dude,where could i get these bulbs as i havent seem around locally(if the forum will allow it)?
     
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    I know Wild on Pets (Edenvale) sell them
     
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    This sounds good, where in the kempton/boksburg area can I go look for the Dymax Compact Flourescents 24W globes?
     
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    Is definately an option or an upgrade at a later stage:thumbup:,was actually looking at it about the time you posted:)
     
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    DIY always a great option to go, as you have TOTAL control of exactly which LEDS your wire up.

    I added this to the thread just for information to say that there is something out there that might save you the effort.

    Diy might be much cheaper but this is just for FYI
     
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    Bit out of my valley but i think i need to come over that side and check out what the jo'burg scene has to offer sometime soon!:thumbup:
     
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    Thanks, I'll check it out.
     
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    Yes DIY is great,but i hear you aswell on saving effort!If i had the cash available i would have bought everything i wanted,but would rather spend that on good quality liverock and water.

    It can become a shlep and often doesnt turn out to be as easy as it sounds,but it is awesome when it does come together!
     
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    Nevermind saving on effort and time. DIY can also be very expensive esp if you have to buy the tools still

    I made my own tv stand a few years ago. Just the price of the wood alone I could have bought 3 tv stands, but not any of them would have been what I wanted. Oh and I had to buy (okay more like really just wanted another tool toy) a compressor aswell to paint it
     
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    Yeah that's the thing. Often the kit you buy for stuff is so much more expensive than the stuff you build with it. And then it lies in the garage gathering dust :)
     
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    but your still using it today :p and i know you like your tools :p
     
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