Lighting option for a nano.

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  1. Hammerhead

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    Hi guys,

    Looking at starting up a nano, 500X 250 X 250 was wondering what lighting option are there availble.

    I have a 70w metal halide but dont want to overkill and the heat issues associated with it.
     
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  3. 459b

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    Look into the Maxspect Razors. The nano one is good and well priced
     
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    There are a couple of good options...
    You can have a look at my thread here: http://www.marineaquariumsa.com/showthread.php?t=42242

    I ended up taking the ecotech radion because i got a good quality secondhand one & i havent been sorry ever since!

    There are also some newer options you can look at...

    1. The pharos 90w cree led units from reef aquatics
    2. The new leds that that reef aquatics are still waiting for...
    3. The new 2 channel led fixtures from aquaria south africa...

    Here are the links...
    http://www.marineaquariumsa.com/showthread.php?t=43896

    http://www.marineaquariumsa.com/showthread.php?t=42920

    http://www.marineaquariumsa.com/showthread.php?t=42698
     
  5. Andre@ReefAquatics

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    @Hammerhead, wow this going to be a cute baby. Our top end range of LEDs will be an overkill. As they are more rated for 60x60 cubes. Based on your tank dimensions I would highly recommended our 400mm Cree unit, it would work a charm, email us if you would like to know more.

    With a tank so low 1w LEDs would do the trick :) we can do a custom build with a slight wait.

    Also a diy in your case would be great.
     
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    Depending if you want to keep the lid or not.

    The unit with fans needs to be mounted further away from the water. Else the fan packs up. Higher end units can not be fitted inside the canopy as they will overheat.

    When we rebuild @Gesiggie tank we search for a while to get a suitable unit. Check out
    Gesiggie's fascination - Page 6 - Marine Aquariums South Africa
    post 116 and 153

    It is a 36W KEY unit. Not the best, but for a nano, at that height, keeping the lid, I think its perfect.
     
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  7. Visser

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    @Hammerhead, why the strange tank size if i might ask?
    It would definitely be nice... But just curious as to what you want to keep?
     
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    The Maxspect Razor Nano 60 Watt is surely a very good option!!!!
     
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    Thanks for all the responses guys will look into all options. Maxspect razor is a bit out of my budget at this stage. A custom Unit will be first class. One option I was looking at was the 3w downlighters (Residential Use) and supplementing with blue LED strips. (would this work). Not sure about PAR, etc.

    My desk at the office is quite bare at the moment and was looking at a nano for the office. I have a cascade that is collecting dust at home that I used on my planted 4ft so was looking at using that to run cubes, and a linear airstone to operate the bomb method will work out perfectly. The cascade is the biggest one you get so i might have to direct the flow somehow, think its rated for 300lt.

    So while I was contemplating a suitable tank size I came accross a tank with curved edges and the price is too low to pass up, hence the odd tank size. Im still looking at skimming options, any ideas. I wana try and replicate the fluval chi look less the cover glass, so it will be open top.

    Livestock wise im looking to just have zoas and rics with the odd frag from my home DT, and gobies.
     
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    Hi

    The 3w downlights can work with a mod...seen a tank run this with great results. What the guys do is, buy the 9w Downlight that uses the 3 x 3w epistar chips. They then open the bulb (very easy 3 little screws, desolder one of the 3w leds, and solder back a blue 3w led... :thumbup:

    Oh and use the cool white one...6400k.

    Can pull this off for about R50 a downlight...a friend is running 5 of them over his TL550...and works the bomb...looks neat too...no bulky heatsinks etc...
     
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    hmmm now thats an idea and a half. So 3w chips will work just have to make sure they have epistar chips. Any idea what brand of bulbs he using.
     
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    I will go a step further and post some step by step pics for you later...as I built the lights for him! :thumbup:

    We got the downlighs from ebay, but improvedlivingpe.co.za sells them locally too...

    Also, what i like about his aproch is you can mix and match and change bullbs until you find he color etc you like...
     
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    cool bananas....please post so we cn all benefit from this diy PLEASE
     
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    Oh crap dude, now I feel bad that I never updated this....lol But that is it, just get the cool white one! The remove the 3 screws....the lenses pop loose....you will then see a round PCB with the 3 leds soldered to it...desolder one or 2 (depending on your preference of blue/white color) and solder Royal Blue 3w leds back in....you can then buy the ceramic GU10 sockets from builder, mount them on a rail or something aove your tank, plug your DIY bulb in...and your set!!

    The normal led lenses you buy off ebay, also fit perfectly in the bulbs...so if you wane go away from the 60deg to 90 or 120...

    Cheers
     
  16. JS

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    Buy these little guys...

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    Also, the epistar or bridgelux leds work.
     
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    perfect no probs dude...thanks for the info really helped out already....
     
  19. Nemeziz_za

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    There are a few Radion LED XR30W Gen 1 units up for sale on this forum. Just do a search.

    Great lights and will definitely support a Nano with no difficulty
     
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    Description:
    Make a flashlight, a headlamp,floodlight or fish tank reefkeeping light with this ultra-bright LED.The LED is very bright, with 270 Lumens in a 140 degree lambertian pattern.Compared to most LEDs, you would say this is 40Watt Halogen light.Either way, its incredibly bright! Output is a EXTREME COOL WHITE (15000k), NOT the normal Cool White. Guaranteed to bring out colour of your favourite coral

    If you want to run them off a 12V battery, please ad R2.50 and we will include the correct current limiting resistor. We will also calculate you resistor needed for other power supply requirements.
    Please look at our other listings for the Improved Living approved LED drivers.​

    Specifications:
    1. Shape:Round
    2. Color:EXTREME AQUAMARINE Cool white
    3. Colour temperature: 12000 - 15000K
    4. Size:Ø8MM
    5. Light source type: High Efficient power led
    6. Led chips Qty:1 piece
    7. LED Chip Brand: Epistar
    8. Forward Current: 700ma
    9. Forward Voltage:DC 3.4-3.8V
    10. Total Power:3W
    11. Luminous Flux:240-270lm
    12. Colour Rendering Index:>75
    13. Beam Angle:140°
    14. Working Temperature: -30°C~50°C
    15. Life Span: >50,000hrs
    16. Ambient Humidity: 10%~95%
    17. IP CODE :IP55​
    Gross weight 0.5g

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    Make your own unique blue light or a fish tank light panel light with this AQUA BLUE LED, build them into your deck convert any light to LED!
    The LED is also perfect for building your own grow light or special effects.
    The output is a deep BLUE colour with a wavelength between 450 - 460nm.
    Guaranteed to bring out colour of your favourite coral and bring uniqueness to any surface
    The best way to drive these LEDs is constant current, @ 700 mA Improved Living LED driver (Available in 220V & 12V), but you can get away with under-driving for compactness. You can also try driving it directly with a 3.3V power supply, that will probably work OK as well – but not ideal.
    If you want to run them off a 12V battery, please ad R2.50 and we will include the correct current limiting resistor. We will also calculate you resistor needed for other power supply requirements.
    Please look at our other listings for the Improved Living approved LED drivers.​

    Specifications:
    1. Shape:Round
    2. Color:EXTREME AQUA BLUE
    3. Wavelength: 450 -460nm
    4. Size:Ø8MM
    5. Light source type: High Efficient power led
    6. Led chips Qty:1 piece
    7. LED Chip Brand: Epistar
    8. Forward Current: 700mA
    9. Forward Voltage:DC 3.0-3.8V
    10. Total Power:3W
    11. Colour Rendering Index:>75
    12. Beam Angle:140°
    13. Working Temperature: -30°C~50°C
    14. Life Span: >50,000hrs
    15. Ambient Humidity: 10%~95%
    16. IP CODE :IP55
    17. Safety Certificate: CE/ROHS
    18. Gross weight 0.5g​

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    Description:
    Product Name: Dimmable 3x3w CREE high power LED spot lightLED color: Cool whiteTotal Lumens: 580LM/600LMBase type: GU10LED quantity: 3Beam angle: 60Input Voltage: 220VAC Dimmable: Yes Warranty: 1 YearComments: High quality durable driver. CE & ROHS compliant
    @JS howsit bud can you advise if this is the correct chips to replace in the bulb and based on the above specs will this work. I require 18 leds as per rapid LED calc LXB (inches) / 22. I could do 9 blue, 5 Aqua marine and retian the 4 cool white that the bulbs come with.
    Any suggestions?

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