large tank diy led ideas.
I am now in the design/dream phase of a new large tank build. I'm looking at purchasing a 140x72x48 inch, LxWxH, from a local company. I am planning on a med to high light planted tank with co2 with a south American theme. I am planning on using 5 250 watt mh bulbs in lumenmax mini reflectors down the center of the tank that I will probably keep on for 6 hours or less a day to add full spectrum punch. I am working on ideas for 2 5 foot led fixtures down the outside edges angled somewhat inward to avoid light spill on the glass. if I diy this project I am fairly sure I will be using bridgelux arrays as the main light source. I am deciding between using a vero18 at 5k 90 cri and a vero décor 10 2.7k at 97 cri, or using one vero29 at 5k 90 cri. I plan on placing them around 12 inches apart. I was also thinking of placing either a couple 3ups or a cluster of colored leds around the veros so I can adjust the look of the light. I thinking of using a hyperviolet, royal blue, deep red, lime, and far red. I think I will be building a couple of 6 inch mock ups to try the various options and see that looks good over a tank. I am planning on running all the separate colors on different dimmers at 700mA so I can tune it. I don't know what is the most effective way to power that many large veros and would love some suggestions. any comments, criticisms, and or ideas are very welcome. thanks, steve