Ewald"s First Reef.

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  1. Ewald

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    Hi,

    I have over the last few weeks bought almost all of the equipment I need.
    I will start to take pictures and ask advise as I start to connect and setup.
    I must say that yesterday I have build my own 20k and 14k LED light system which I am very proud off. The best part is that is was cheaper than even a small T5 set of lights.
    The first quote on the strip lights I wanted was R 3 344.00, I shopped around and bought the same lights etc. for R 1 083.00.

    It consists of 2m 20 000k Aqua blue and 2m of 14 000k waterproof strip lights with waterproof drivers, took me almost the whole day but all worth it at the end.


    Going to put two Wave pumps in.
    DSB in Sump.
    Reeftek OTP-1000
    Airpump.
    1800 L/H Return Pump.

    Please, I am new advise is always Welcome.
    Pics attached.

    LED.
    LED Connect.jpg

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    Reeftek OTP-1000 Box.jpg

    Tank 1200x450x450 RS.jpg

    Sump.jpg

    Vibration Pump.jpg

    Return Pump.jpg

    LED Connect.jpg

    LED.jpg

    LED2.jpg

    Reeftek OTP-1000 Box.jpg

    Tank 1200x450x450 RS.jpg

    Sump.jpg

    Vibration Pump.jpg

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    looking good!

    what type of livestock are you looking at keeping?
     
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    On a shallow tank, those strip leds could work for softies or NPS system. Not for SPS, clams or anemones. What is the wattage per led?
     
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    Agreee with RiaanP, those strip LED's wont pump enough power to keep the more demanding corals.

    Have seen many reefers try it, but always end up changing to decent 3w led's.

    For the same amount of money you spent, you could have built a nice DIY unit using 3w LED's
     
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    Ewald

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    Hi,
    I want to keep SPS through to Anemones.

    The lights is 20 000k and 14 000k
    Connected in 2m lengths, 10w per 2 meters. So I have 20w in total.

    Not good enough ? Now I am worried my baas.:blush:

    My question - watt is the power consumption and kelvin is the light temp. And the kelvin is for the coral growth.

    Advise is welcome.
     
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    is that a 900x300x300 tank?
     
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    Ewald

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    No, 1200 x 450 x 450
     
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    You wont keep SPS happy for long under those led strips...:(
     
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    Yes colour is important.
    But more is the LED ability to punch into the water up to the corals. You need about 200PAR at the substrate level.

    And everything in the water like the dissolved organic compound have an impact on the light penetration. Unless you do run your rock stack fairly high with your corals on top, that might work.
     
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    on that std 4ft tank, you going to need at least 2-4 39w T5 bulbs to suppliment light
     
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    Chat to us at the meet tomorrow..
     

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