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Can we get some more closeups of your lights? They look amazing.
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Your DIY skill is very inspiring. Im all about manual anything. Love it
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Thanks, I just get ideas from other people's ideas and just try it....before this I had never done electrical work of any kind, never drilled anything other then wood, etc. Really good experience.

I'll try and get more pictures tonight. Anything specific on the light you want to see?

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Just an up close of the glass cover, etc. It really is stunning. You should make a thread with details on the light. The parts, where you got them, etc.
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Thanks all.

By the way, not sure if I mentioned it but the background is 5% window tint from Walmart. So far i'm REALLY liking it. $10, no mess, very easy and easy to remove.
Clever idea; I've spray painted some of my tanks and I don't enjoy it at all - will give tint a try.

Great tank and fish, looking forward to this journal!
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The splash guard on the light is actually a piece of plexiglass with green edges to look like glass. I'll probably just go over all the materials in this thread, keeps it in one place. I'll go write that up as best as I can remember and take some pictures.

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Beautiful discus, beautiful equipment, and beautiful scape.
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Heres the list of supplies...roughly.

9x Cree XRE Warm White and optics - http://www.rapidled.com
2x Cree XRE Cool White (moonlights) and optics - http://www.rapidled.com
1x Aluminum Heatsink - http://www.heatsinkusa.com
1x 6.5A Power Supply (Warm Whites) - http://www.mpja.com/prodinfo.asp?number=16854+PS
1x 4.5A Power Supply (Cool Whites) - http://www.mpja.com/prodinfo.asp?number=17428+PS
2x 1000mA Wired BuckPuck w/ Pot (LED Driver for Warm Whites) - http://ledsupply.com/03023-d-e-1000p.php
1x 350mA Wired BuckPuck w/ Pot (LED Driver for Cool Whites) - http://ledsupply.com/03023-d-e-350p.php
3x Potentiometer Knobs - http://ledsupply.com/03021hep-knob.php
2x 72" Power Cord - http://ledsupply.com/q114.php
1x Custom cut Acrylic for Splash Guard - http://www.tapplastics.com/shop/product.php?pid=503&
5x DC Coax Power Plug - http://www.allelectronics.com/make-a...R-PLUG//1.html
5x DC Coax Power Jack - http://www.allelectronics.com/make-a...-MOUNT//1.html
Thermal pads - http://www.nanotuners.com/product_in...475ppt3dci3717
24 AWG stranded hookup wire - http://www.bulkwire.com/

Other things include, Project box from Radio Shack, 3 On/Off Rocker Switches, Solder and a Soldering Iron.

I highly suggest buying extra LEDs, especially if its your first time Soldering and just incase some arrive dead (rare but happens). And get a good plug in soldering iron, not the battery powered kind.

Still working on pictures of the light, kind of hard where it is. Looking back with this many LEDs I probably don't need that bulky of a heatsink. Most of the reefers use these because of the surface area and they have tons more LEDs so it gets hotter. Mine gets warm, but not hot and I could probably get away with a lighter, smaller heatsink but this one is fine. If I want to expand I have the room.

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Love everything in this thread : Cool project, ingenious DIY lights, beautiful discus and great photos.

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Awesome! I've been planning another Discus tank myself. It's been a few years. Keep on with the update pics please. Lots of pics.

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I have had 2 discus jump out. Found them dried to the carpet. Hopefully your don't good luck.
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Looking awesome. Can't wait to see more.
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I have had 2 discus jump out. Found them dried to the carpet. Hopefully your don't good luck.

That's not good. Ouch!

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Those discus are very nice on open tank specialy rimless. The problem is those discus will splass water from time to time and will move ur water alot and spill on the side. It will work if u lower down ur water level. Another problem with discus they require hot water so they will not get sacumb of problems. So hot water less plants u can put in. I had 5 big discus before and had to sell it coz could put any nice plants.
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Wow!!! I knew Hans was getting a hookup for wilds but those are amazing! Nice catch!


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