TJ_Burton

TJ's Bust'em Up Custom Reef - Budget DIY Chaeto Reactor!

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43 minutes ago, teenyreef said:

Looks awesome! I'm thinking about doing a similar chaeto reactor because I don't have room in my sump.

 

The geek in me is totally impressed you did all those drawings in mspaint :lol:

MS Paint and I have a special history Hahaha.  

 

Speaking of reactor the LEDS came in today! Might do a video.

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Alright, I've decided to try and do a decent job of documenting this very simple DIY algae reactor by incorporating my Kill-A-Watt meter and USB PAR sensor. 

 

Plan to record and edit the video tonight. :)

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Hmmmmm, very interesting! Do you have a link to the lights? 

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31 minutes ago, teenyreef said:

Hmmmmm, very interesting! Do you have a link to the lights? 

 

Yep, they are from amazon. Link below.so far happy enough with the results.  Right against the acrylic facing the LEDs I am reading over 400 PAR, and about 100 PAR from against the opposite wall.

 

Should work decently!

 

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Link to LED Lights

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1 hour ago, TJ_Burton said:

 

Yep, they are from amazon. Link below.so far happy enough with the results.  Right against the acrylic facing the LEDs I am reading over 400 PAR, and about 100 PAR from against the opposite wall.

 

Should work decently!

 

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Link to LED Lights

 

 

Looks great man. Keep us posted with your results!

 

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Went ahead and did a quick video for youtube.  

 

Reviewing the video, PAR peaked at 470 over a blue diode.

 

 

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very nice, careful with the lights seems like according to the amazon reviews, they like to catch on fire. 

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1 hour ago, BRTNreef said:

very nice, careful with the lights seems like according to the amazon reviews, they like to catch on fire. 

 

Yikes :eek:

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2 hours ago, BRTNreef said:

very nice, careful with the lights seems like according to the amazon reviews, they like to catch on fire. 

Honestly, every single one in there has at least some horror story reviews. They are cheap so quality is always questionable. Most often it's power supplies that fail early, or diodes going out. Some people install them outside under their decks etc. and that is a recipe for disaster too. I saw the two reviews where the plugs burned out. I'll be keeping an eye on them for sure, but so far there is no heat issue like they described. Hopefully that remains.

 

Am I worried they will catch on fire? Not really; but if they don't last longer than 6 months I won't be surprised.

 

I'm running a set of RGB under my 265 and it's been fine for a while already. No heat issues there either.

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maybe you got the upgraded black version from the white version that seemed to burn out. 

 

about how much did these whole project cost so far? just chaeto reactor. 

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31 minutes ago, BRTNreef said:

maybe you got the upgraded black version from the white version that seemed to burn out. 

 

about how much did these whole project cost so far? just chaeto reactor. 


Here's to hoping!
 

The reactor was second hand $40, and the LEDs were $30 so that puts me around $70.
I plant to run it off the return pump for the tank so no added cost in terms of pumps.

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