dry fit means put everything together without pvc primer or cement. Do not primer a pipe wait a few minutes & try to dry fit (ask me how i know) OK, i'll tell you. I was priming up everything. My daughter comes along & takes 2 pieces & puts them together. (wet primer on tacky primer).... Well now it's a tree ornament.
Led's are awesome. I suggest you do it (btw you still have a cycle time.)
So once the tank gets wet. you still have 3-6 weeks to save/build a led fixture.
Yea, I've glued things too early before and will be sure everything is in the right place a few times beforehand. I was thinking about getting my LR when I almost have enough for my light, that way a week or two into the cycle I can order and start building.
Maybe a GU10 / LED mix....? I'm gonna go with my basic layout plus keep a couple T5's from my current rig for the "exotic color" end of things till I get familiar with all the ends and outs.
Just remember, LED kits are customizable, in most cases, to whatever ratio ya want. There is a big difference in B/RB and W/CW/NW far as spectrum and overall look goes. Keeping colors on separate dimmers makes it easy to blend it all together.
90 seems like quite a bit. I was told that 36 would work well for my 36" tank, but I wanted to reduce the chance of color shadowing and not have to hang the array 2 feet of the water surface , so I went with 48.
Perhaps 72 would work for ya ....who knows?
I laid out my array with 3" between each NW in the cluster and 3" between rows...figured the heatsink length leaving 4 inches of width on each side. 36 - 4 - 4 = 28"
Man, there are so many options when it comes to LED/GU10 setups, it blows the mind.
Keep at it and get all the input ya can. The first 3-4 threads in the lighting forum have some great info. Quite a read, but worth the effort.
I know, it really is mind blowing, that's why I'm having trouble deciding haha. I have been reading up in the lighting forum, it IS quite a read but well worth it. I really do like the layout for that light you drew up. I may have to cheat off of it if you don't mind. My tank is a foot longer so I want to add about a foot more light to it, just add 6 more clusters to each end of the light for a total of 14 clusters of 3 on each side of the divider, with 3 individual LED's running down the center of each side to fill out the 6 to make 90. have 4 be UV and 2 red just for poop and giggles. Still researching, thanks for the input guys I cant wait to have this baby up and running.
And I know 90 seems like alot, but if I order that kit and don't use all of them I could add on down the road, play with different colors in the center strip, or even setup a mini mantis shrimp acrylic thunder-dome. always wanted one
UGLY silicone job... but i don't care, its just a sump
Edited by gjones, 17 January 2012 - 03:16 PM.