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wknightusmc
05-07-2014, 10:17 AM
So "CFisk" and I finally got our 150 gallon up and running with the help of Adam "Froto". everything is running great and now it is time to add a canopy and lights. This is what I am thinking for a set up (picture below). Any ideas thought as far as growth, enough light to penetrate the 26" of water, will th Coral need more T5, etc..

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static reef
05-07-2014, 10:27 AM
I think this will suffice. I would place your sps at the top of your tank though. There are a ton of guys on here that can provide better info on this subject (with a little more knowledge then me).

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wknightusmc
05-07-2014, 10:35 AM
Good idea. I was actually think of coral shelves at first but still just a brain storming idea.

Levi
05-07-2014, 10:36 AM
T5 led combo is supposed to give best color and growth

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kutcha
05-07-2014, 10:48 AM
you should get two 3 ft 6 bulb T-5 fixture and oh i have 6 T5HO bulbs for sale cheap

wknightusmc
05-07-2014, 11:01 AM
you should get two 3 ft 6 bulb T-5 fixture and oh i have 6 T5HO bulbs for sale cheap

That would knock out the LEDs then. I'm trying to get a happy mixture of both T5 growth with LED aesthetics.

coach
05-07-2014, 11:09 AM
I ran something similar to this on my 90. I only ran one T5 bulb and was very happy with it. I am in the process now of having a canopy built for my cube so I can add T5 lighting to my leds.

Murfman
05-07-2014, 11:11 AM
I run 120 watt Evolution LEDs ONLY on my 300. 300 is 30" deep and have PAR of 90 on sandbed. It is TOO much for some chalices and Acans, causing lightening and color shift. MY SPS are mid to top and are getting 400+ PAR at the top.

coach
05-07-2014, 11:12 AM
http://i1197.photobucket.com/albums/aa426/tobyswisher/image-1_zpseeeb1f79.jpg

wknightusmc
05-07-2014, 11:16 AM
I run 120 watt Evolution LEDs ONLY on my 300. 300 is 30" deep and have PAR of 90 on sandbed. It is TOO much for some chalices and Acans, causing lightening and color shift. MY SPS are mid to top and are getting 400+ PAR at the top.

Thanks for the info.

wknightusmc
05-07-2014, 11:16 AM
I ran something similar to this on my 90. I only ran one T5 bulb and was very happy with it. I am in the process now of having a canopy built for my cube so I can add T5 lighting to my leds.

Good to know!

kutcha
05-07-2014, 11:17 AM
That would knock out the LEDs then. I'm trying to get a happy mixture of both T5 growth with LED aesthetics.

get some LED strips

kmellon
05-07-2014, 11:21 AM
I am running Maxspect Razors currently that cycle though 6 time/brightness settings and had thought about adding some t5's across the middle part of the day to simulate a more natural daily progression of light exposure. I like your design thoughts although I don't think It will matter to the corals if you have the t5s separated or together.

Does anyone know if balasts are unhappy with the bulbs being disconnected and reconnected while they are powered up? I was thinking about attaching a mercury switch to turn off the t5s when the hood opens up and then back on when it is down. I ask because I know that some things need a load and others don't care.

cfisk
05-07-2014, 11:47 AM
http://i1197.photobucket.com/albums/aa426/tobyswisher/image-1_zpseeeb1f79.jpg

This is pretty much exactly what we're looking at doing, just 2 strips (top and bottom) of T5s instead of the one. Glad to hear it gave great growth!

the haj
05-07-2014, 08:07 PM
Before you make a final decision maybe you can visit some members tanks and see their setups. Get you a better idea of diffrent lighting spectrums and colors than some pics on the computer. Plus there are some spectacular tanks in the club.

Levi
05-07-2014, 11:00 PM
I am running Maxspect Razors currently that cycle though 6 time/brightness settings and had thought about adding some t5's across the middle part of the day to simulate a more natural daily progression of light exposure. I like your design thoughts although I don't think It will matter to the corals if you have the t5s separated or together.

Does anyone know if balasts are unhappy with the bulbs being disconnected and reconnected while they are powered up? I was thinking about attaching a mercury switch to turn off the t5s when the hood opens up and then back on when it is down. I ask because I know that some things need a load and others don't care.

No need for mercury switch, red sea max uses a pressure switch to turn on their t5s when canopy is down and off when up so it doesn't blind you.

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kmellon
05-08-2014, 08:30 AM
thanks for the reminder. That is one of the features on the S series that is awesome.

Levi
05-08-2014, 08:52 AM
thanks for the reminder. That is one of the features on the S series that is awesome.

might be able to find that replacement switch and just wire it into your canopy with a L bracket to push the switch in when canopy is closed.