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post #16 of 168 (permalink) Old 12-31-2011, 10:23 PM Thread Starter
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They look only a little longer than what ada or anyone else sales. This way your light can hang 2inches or 12 inches with no problem.

This exactly, I cut them big so that I can raise or lower my light as necessary, and then once I find the "sweet spot" to hang it at, I can cut the conduit down to match. Better it be too long than too short.
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Yeah, I had my light about 4 inches above tank and now its about 12 inches above. The bba was eating me alive
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And then there was light...

It's just temporary until I build an ADA style reflector for it... but I forgot to attach the optics LOL so I get to take it down do that now.
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Hmmm you sure that's going to be bright enough

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Ohhhh yeah. It almost looks TOO bright. That was at 50% brightness, and with my phone auto adjusting it. Plus I'm adding a reflector later on.

I have no proper silicone or epoxy to attach the lenses so that kind of stinks. I tried hot glue but they fell off as soon as it got warm again. Haha.
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This is at 100% brightness, with the lenses, about 2 seconds before they all started falling off LOL
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Hmm. Idk about those led lights. I'm sure its bright just doesn't seem so lol. Oh well, if you throw that hc in there you will be able to tell

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The LED's might not look bright but a PAR meter will tell the true story.

Check out Rockhoe14er's build and the PAR he got at different heights with 14 LED's (12 XP-G cool whites and 2 XP-E Royal Blues). This is over a 29g.

h2oaggie is also using 12 XP-G's over a 29g.

I think you will have to keep your fixture raised and dimmed to not get too much light for a 60p. A reflector would be good for shielding the light spilling out from the sides of the optics; but won't do much for LED's since their light is directional, more so with optics. Not that your LED's would need any help from a reflector anyway, hehehe.

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Hmm. Idk about those led lights. I'm sure its bright just doesn't seem so lol. Oh well, if you throw that hc in there you will be able to tell

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Well, I am using an iPhone to take the pics after all. In both of those pictures, the lights in the room were ON... that's how much my phone had to crank down the brightness to get a decent picture

Can you give me a link to the thread S&KGray? I can't find it
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Wow those PAR readings are crazy... my light is at about 26 inches right now and with the optics on I can just tell 100% power is too much light. According to his info 26" would be ~130umol, not sure how much those 2 extra blues would increase that but it gives me a good estimate. Thanks
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HC planted today. We'll see how many days I can stand to look at it before I give up and fill it. :P

It needs a new stand before I can fill it unfortunately :/ So the HC can fill in a bit while I pinch some pennies to get one.
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Looks good, shouldn't take but 4-6 weeks to show a lot of growth. Any particular reason your doing a dry start?

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Haha sorry edited my post afterwards. The tank is sitting on an ugly temporary stand with no storage, so I did dry start so I can still pick up the tank and move it off the stand without draining it and such.
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Haha sorry edited my post afterwards. The tank is sitting on an ugly temporary stand with no storage, so I did dry start so I can still pick up the tank and move it off the stand without draining it and such.
Very smart lol

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