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I'd go with a good T5 or two 150w MH

 

I am definetly going with a MH of some sort. I just keep wavering as to whether I want a full length fixture or a pendant.

 

Would a single 150w MH give good coverage to a 30" display area?

 

About 6" on one side will be taken up by my overflow and plumbing, so I really want something that will work for that length and be able to support SPS throughout.

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Paleoreef103
I am definetly going with a MH of some sort. I just keep wavering as to whether I want a full length fixture or a pendant.

 

Would a single 150w MH give good coverage to a 30" display area?

 

About 6" on one side will be taken up by my overflow and plumbing, so I really want something that will work for that length and be able to support SPS throughout.

You could get a single 150 to cover a 30" display area, but you'd have to be looking at fixtures like a lumenmax pendent. http://www.marinedepot.com/Sunlight_Supply...-SL1531-vi.html Something like that. The marineland fixture probably wouldn't cut it. A 40 breeder really benefits from 2 halides.

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andru24
You could get a single 150 to cover a 30" display area, but you'd have to be looking at fixtures like a lumenmax pendent. http://www.marinedepot.com/Sunlight_Supply...-SL1531-vi.html Something like that. The marineland fixture probably wouldn't cut it. A 40 breeder really benefits from 2 halides.

 

yeah I was looking at that one and the lumen max elite. I really like the look of them but then I think I would miss having the dawn and dusk of having actinics and the nice moonlight LEDs.

 

Those don't come with the ballasts, right?

 

I guess i'll have to pull the trigger on something here. I might just wait until i get the stand built an decide then.

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andru24

So the new tank finally came in to the LFS this week. Had them drill the holes for me at $10/hole... Cheaper than buying 3 different hole saws.

 

I am pumped now that I can finally start building the stand and getting the project started. If only there wasn't 3 feet of snow on the ground.

First FTS (tank is upside down):

1stFTS.jpg

 

The 3 holes cut on one end:

HolesCut.jpg

The holes will be for a 3/4 inch return and a 1.5 and 1 herbie drain system.

 

Obviously, more to come...

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SpringFever

I have a 150watt sunpod on my 20gal and I wish I had a little more... You will not be happy with one 150watt fixture.

 

Nice build by the way. Along for the ride

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andru24
I have a 150watt sunpod on my 20gal and I wish I had a little more... You will not be happy with one 150watt fixture.

 

From an intensity perspective or coverage perspective? I am definitely leaning toward 2x150... if i can find something priced so that it won't anger the wife.

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PACMAN

I'm following this build, especially with regards to the LED lighting that I hope you DIY. I want a DIY LED system for the 40B im planning, but am electronically inept, so i hope you go through all your steps! How many LEDS would you be running? and what do you plan on growing in your tank?

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andru24
I'm following this build, especially with regards to the LED lighting that I hope you DIY. I want a DIY LED system for the 40B im planning, but am electronically inept, so i hope you go through all your steps! How many LEDS would you be running? and what do you plan on growing in your tank?

 

I am in the same boat. I am very handy with building things I just am not experienced with all this electronic shiz. I am seriously considering trying it anyway. I just need to get some step-by-step instructions ironed out first.

 

So far what I have from Evil/others is:

 

1) My heatsink will be 24x10

2) Evil suggested 4 rows of 10 LEDs though I am looking at the 36 led kit on RapidLED.com as an option

 

Whatever I end up doing I want it to be able to support any kind of coral.

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PACMAN
I am in the same boat. I am very handy with building things I just am not experienced with all this electronic shiz. I am seriously considering trying it anyway. I just need to get some step-by-step instructions ironed out first.

 

So far what I have from Evil/others is:

 

1) My heatsink will be 24x10

2) Evil suggested 4 rows of 10 LEDs though I am looking at the 36 led kit on RapidLED.com as an option

 

Whatever I end up doing I want it to be able to support any kind of coral.

 

Yes, I want to be able to have anything possiblei.e. clams anemones, sps, lps, gps (ha ha) and softies

 

breeders are 36"longx18" wide. do you think a 24x10 heatsink will cover that area?? (evil siggested to me a 12x4 led array)

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Yes, I want to be able to have anything possiblei.e. clams anemones, sps, lps, gps (ha ha) and softies

 

breeders are 36"longx18" wide. do you think a 24x10 heatsink will cover that area?? (evil siggested to me a 12x4 led array)

 

My tank has a smaller display area since I will be taking 4-6 inches from one end for the overflow. But if you're doing the full tank then you will need a larger heatsink, prob 28x10.

 

-Andy

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PACMAN
My tank has a smaller display area since I will be taking 4-6 inches from one end for the overflow. But if you're doing the full tank then you will need a larger heatsink, prob 28x10.

 

-Andy

 

 

aha! that makes more sense.

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PACMAN

NEED UPDATE!!!

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cruiZe

yes ! Keep it going, I will need this info in a year or so... :ninja:

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Amphiprion1

Nice build! I love this size tank, as well, but I may be a bit biased with my 40BR.

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Noonan

Any update?

 

I'm also building a 40BR and can't decide on lighting. 2 150s vs 1 250 or par 38?? Can't decide!

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Small Frag

What happened to this tank?

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seabass

Per the signature:

40 Breeder + DIY Stand Project (to replace the BioCube) - ON HOLD... replaced by the Double Peninsula

 

However:

Wow... Haven't been on forever. the 15g AIO is no more. I had gotten behind on maintenance and the lighting I had for it proved to weak.

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nanoreefer11

I'm following this build, especially with regards to the LED lighting that I hope you DIY. I want a DIY LED system for the 40B im planning, but am electronically inept, so i hope you go through all your steps! How many LEDS would you be running? and what do you plan on growing in your tank?

 

I would run 36 on a 40 breeder.

 

Any update?

 

I'm also building a 40BR and can't decide on lighting. 2 150s vs 1 250 or par 38?? Can't decide!

 

You would need maybe 5 par 38s for full coverage, but even then it'd be iffy. I would do 2 150's IMO.

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Noonan

I would run 36 on a 40 breeder.

 

 

You would need maybe 5 par 38s for full coverage, but even then it'd be iffy. I would do 2 150's IMO.

Whoa that was a long time ago... My breeder has come and gone since then

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nanoreefer11

Ah jk, didn't see the date, sorry, long night last night haha.

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