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Old 06-07-2006, 12:22 AM   #1 (permalink)
 
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hi all,

I will setup my 340 planted tank soon and I want to install a moon light setup I have a few ideas:
1.using this:
do you think it will be enough? or should I use somthing stronger?
2. the second option is using Ultra-Bright Leds, the problem is I dont know how much should I use?

anyone has maybe a got advise or link to a nice DIY?

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Hmm I don't see a link. However, I'm a big fan of the moonlight strips from aquatraders.com. Pretty cheap and has been working well for over 8 months now.

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Do you intend on using the moon lighting as the main light source? I hope not, that'll be ridiculously hard to accomplish.

Otherwise, moon lighting is a preference. Some people like it bright, I've seen some setups where the moon lighting is only slightly dimmer than the normal daylights. Some people like it really dim and subtle. My old roommate has a reef tank where the moon lights are so dim that you need to get adjusted to the dark before you can see it well. I light it dim, I think it looks really nice.

Some setups suggest 1 watt of led moon lighting every 2 feet and some say 1 watt every foot. Once again, it's preference.

I say you should look at a few setups or put a dimmer switch on whatever you decide to get so you can adjust it yourself.
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What I meant to say here "Otherwise, moon lighting is a preference" is that it's not really needed, it's just fluff. It's kinda neat without any real purpose.
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if you're referring to LED lighting as an alternative, because moon lighting is essentially a night light for your fish, you can see this thread about LED lighting by Gomer:

https://www.aquaticplantcentral.com/f...ghlight=luxeon

he talks about the pros and cons about LED lighting.
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intotherain,

I have been experimenting with LED moonlight and have come up what I think looks pretty good, I tried the white LED's and didn't like the color, Than I tried the blue LED's and they were to blue. Now I hawe 2 whites and 1 blue togeather and the color looks good to me. I am working on an adjustable current source to control their brightness, and I think they need some kind of a diffuser to spread the beam out a little, These are 30 Deg LED's but the spot on the bottom is only about 1.5" at 20" deep.

My impression so far is Do it. It looks very cool at night.

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thanks guys,

my main problem is that I dont want just a couple of led's because it wont light the tank very well... I've seen this happen before.

BTW brain do you have any pic's of the white\blue combination?

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Sorry, I don't have a camera that's good in low light. with 3 led's its not real bright.

I love to sit and watch in the dark with some soft music in the background.

I will probably put several groups in my 90G when I get it done, if I angle them right it should look like rays from the moon.

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