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06-29-2014 12:49 AM
newbieplanter
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Originally Posted by IWANNAGOFAST View Post
haha I'll be preaching the low light mantra from now on. Even the archaea fixtures give off a low light rating and I'm assuming the ADA fixtures do too. I don't see Amano or the guys at Aqua forest having any trouble growing any plant.
Dont they use MH? ADA
05-25-2012 03:26 AM
Linsanity This is real stuff! way more professional than mine, LOL
05-23-2012 09:20 PM
monkeyruler90 doing my fixture just like this one
thanks for the inspiration
10-24-2011 11:51 PM
Naekuh
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Originally Posted by IWANNAGOFAST View Post
It was a lot of cutting and cursing to get the heat sink into the fixture. I used some scrap aluminum for the heatsink.
dayam i was really worried you were gonna say that... lol...

So expect a lot of work to get it to fit..
Time to bring my dremel and jiggy out of the closet...

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10-24-2011 07:01 PM
IWANNAGOFAST Sorry I don't have a work log for that one. It was a lot of cutting and cursing to get the heat sink into the fixture. I used some scrap aluminum for the heatsink.

Here's my thread for a archaea led retrofit
http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/li...chaea-led.html
10-24-2011 05:33 PM
Naekuh
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Originally Posted by IWANNAGOFAST View Post
i have retrofitted an old coralife t5ho fixture into LEDs. It's doable.


worklog? i would love to see how u did it.
how did u mount the sink inside? or did u use the shell as a sink itself?

Also Iwannagofast... have you ever considered using a breaker pannel shell as a cover b4?
10-24-2011 07:26 AM
IWANNAGOFAST i have retrofitted an old coralife t5ho fixture into LEDs. It's doable.
10-23-2011 07:31 PM
Naekuh
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Originally Posted by Aqua-Escaping View Post
Since I don't have the luxury of owning all those metal and welding tools; can I just salvage my old plastic fixture to install this type of setup?
i was thinking of doing just that too. well not a plastic hood but an old coral life hood.

The only problem is see is how to install the heat sink internally and have a fan of some sort blowing air over it.

Rapid LED's has 1.1 inch wide heat sinks which span from 12->72 inches long that might fit your need.
10-23-2011 07:30 PM
Aqua-Escaping Since I don't have the luxury of owning all those metal and welding tools; can I just salvage my old plastic fixture to install this type of setup?
04-25-2011 11:44 PM
IWANNAGOFAST you have to remove them and rewire them. It's not too hard to do.
04-25-2011 09:52 PM
Rockhoe14er When your led lights die do you have to remove them and rewire them? or is their a little bulb that you can replace the old one with?
04-25-2011 09:40 PM
audioaficionado I build DIY electronics as a hobby too. Glad to see this paired with another favorite hobby of mine

I'm looking at getting dirt cheap white multiple LED flashlight arrays and gang/group them together to get the needed light levels.

TPT is an awesome forum
04-20-2011 06:21 AM
!shadow! Well don't think of it like you're spending a lot of money now but more of an investment down the road . That's how I see it. Geissman bulbs aren't cheap even tho they're up there in quality. I used to have a 4x39w extreme nova on my 48g. Bulbs were 20-30$ each so pretty much around 80-120$ a year 450$-600$ for 5 years 900-1200$ for 10. You figure if led's will last you 5-10 years(depending on how long you use em each day) you'll be doing pretty darn good.
04-20-2011 03:20 AM
FDNY911 I am not much of a DiYer but I am really tempted to build an LED fixture for my 48x24x24 120 Gallon tank. Not sure if its worth the money tho for a tank that big. You did a really good job bro!

Hector
03-16-2011 07:00 PM
Hoppy It is a growing club! Clearly the absolute most flexible way to light any aquarium. So much flexibility it makes your head ache as you try to decide what to do with them.
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