How to make a "shimmer" effect?

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  1. Jaco Schoeman

    Jaco Schoeman MASA Contributor

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    Hi guys. Still me and my lighting issues...:p Sorry, but I want to do it right...

    So, we all know the STUNNING shimmer effect that MH lighting gives to a reef, and I know that LED's will have the same effect when you use those "moonlight" LED units. So if I have all my T5's on (daytime in my tank) how do I get the shimmer effect, as T5's can not produce this?

    I thought of that when the "white" T5's are on, I can have two of those blue LED strips on, and at night, when just the actinics are on, I can have a white daytime LED on, to have the same effect. And when all the lights are off, one of the moonlight LED's can be on to make "moon" look.

    Will this work?
     
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    Jaco. Only LED's or MH's will work
     
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    I get a slight shimmer from my T5's, dunno what I did differently though
     
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    The "shimmer effect" is also apparent because of the very turbulent water flow causing tiny "wave like effects" on the surface of the water. If you do not have this "tiny wave like effect", then is might be time to look at what you should be doing differently w.r.t the in tank water flow (ie. move power-heads around - add extra power heads, etc)....
     
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    Jaco Schoeman Thread Starter MASA Contributor

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    Thanks guys. On my previous tank, I had quite nice water movement on tup, yet the T5's just didn't have that same look that I wanted. I think that you need more of a "beam" or ray of light to accomplish this, and the T5's spread the light to effectively. So do you think that adding LED's to the mix of T5's this might help to be more visible. It really is more for looks than any other reason...
     
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    Yes Jaco. The LED's will assist on giving you that 'Shimmer effect'.
     
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    Jaco Schoeman Thread Starter MASA Contributor

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    Cool, thanks Mek. Would I need white or blue ones in daytime (white lights on?) And white or blue at night time (blue lights on?)
     
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    Hi Jaco. I would say white during the day and blue for night time viewing :)
     
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    I also get a slight shimmer on 3 t5s and 2 t8s but mostly on the back
     
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    In order to get the shimmer effect you need a point source of light, ie a source of light that originates for a small point. Like MH or LED. Fluorescents are too wide.
     
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    Jaco Schoeman Thread Starter MASA Contributor

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    Hey guys. Advice needed on this matter once more... :whistling:

    I need to make a decision on my new system wrt lighting.

    Tank dimensions: 1000 x 500 x 500.

    Livestock will inlcude: 1x Plating Monti (SPS), 1x Acropora (SPS), Clam and LPS. The tank will however be MOSTLY softies and of course a RBTA later on.

    So, do I go for the 150W MH (which by the way I must DIY without having it look DIY:nono:), or for the 8x 39W T5's Reef Octo unit. The major issue on my decision is the discussion above: Will normal LED strips give me the shimmer effect (AS good) as MH would?

    I generally like the flexibility of the T5's wrt to color variations, although the MH is a "plug and play" if you go for a 14000K i.e

    Please help me set my mind into gear on this shimmer effect. Dont want to spend all the $$$ on T5's and LED's and then not have the shimmer effect I need. :p

    Thanks
     
  14. keyaam

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    Try and source some of these in aluminium. It might give you the shimmer effect if you make relectors out of it.

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    Jaco Schoeman Thread Starter MASA Contributor

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    Dont worry, I got my answer. I am going with the 8x T5 unit and will import these babies... They will have no other function than to create a shimmer. +/- R1000 for a shimmer effect might seem expensive, but i'ts worth it to me.

    Will post you with pics once I got it running. Might be a good addition to all other smaller tanks too that does not have MH shimmer... ;)

    Here she is:

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    Description Main Features

    Powerbrite LED lighting system

    Brings the realistic feel and color of the ocean to any aquarium system
    • Adds the shimmering effect of metal halides without the heat build-up
    • Efficient high power LED’s last up to 50,000 hours
    • Linkable connection for up to two PowerBrite LED Modules
    • Dimensions: 12” x 1 ½" x ¾"
    • O.35 Amps
    • 12 W Maximum LED Load
    • Promotes strong and healthy coral, invertebrate and plant growth
    Replicating the dynamic natural qualities of sun and moon lighting, the PowerBrite lighting system combines the lifesustaining wavelengths of light with the efficiency of LED technology into one sleek lighting system. The excellent depth penetration adds the natural shimmering effect and rippling glow found on natural coral reefs while producing virtually no heat and consuming little electricity. The PowerBrite LED system is available as a powered lighting system or linking module in 10,000k Daylight, 460nm Actinic, or a 10,000k/Actinic combination.

    An easy to install lighting solution that adds vibrancy and movement to any aquarium, each lighting system and linking module includes a complete installation kit that allows for multiple configurations on the tank or inside existing canopies & hoods. All systems feature high-output Power LED lamps with polished conical reflectors designed for maximum output and intensity.
     
  16. Nsteyn

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    This is an old thread, but were this successful for you?
    Did you get the shimmer from it?

    Tnx,

    Niel
     
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    bump..
     
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