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post #1 of 8 Old 02-27-2012, 12:38 PM Thread Starter
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post #2 of 8 Old 02-27-2012, 02:13 PM
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Nice =)

I'm building my DIY LED as well

Here are the parts -- total cost will be around $230-$240 (mostly due to 70-80 dollar LED bulbs)

3x Ikea stainless steel mixing bowls
3x Ikea cord set (HEMMA)
3x par 38 23watt (80watt equivalent) LED bulbs dimmable - 6500k temp
1x bulb dimmer (relayed to all 3 bulbs for even light dimming.)

Led Light Bulbs, Led Lighting, Led T8 Fluorescent Tubes - LED Liquidators Inc.


-=+8 Gallon Planted+=-
Fauna:
1x Honey Gourami
2x Otocinclus Affinis
6x Flame Tetra
6x Ember Tetra
2x Apple Snail (Hitched on Rotala)

Flora:
Dwarf Sagittaria
Ludwigia Repens X L. Arcuata
Staurogyne Repen
Cryptocoryne lutea
Cryptocoryne Wendti
Cryptocoryne spiralis
Amazon Sword
Java Moss
Java Fern
Anubias minima
Water Primrose
Pogostemon Yatabeanus
Limnophila sp. 'mini'
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post #3 of 8 Old 02-27-2012, 02:26 PM
I like LED fixtures, but IDK if I will ever be able to make one. I can make cheap HO T5 fixtures from scratch for like $50 that put out a LOT of light. I would like an LED fixture someday but I am still really iffy on if they will ever be significantly cost effective.

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post #4 of 8 Old 02-28-2012, 03:13 AM
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I just bought this for my 30" tank.

OceanReefDepot Ml Led Aquarium Light - $53.15 | We offer bulk discounts on ALL OceanReefDepot products.

$60 after shipping, I figure I would have spent much more if I tried a DIY LED..
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post #5 of 8 Old 02-29-2012, 03:51 PM
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I just bought this for my 30" tank.

OceanReefDepot Ml Led Aquarium Light - $53.15 | We offer bulk discounts on ALL OceanReefDepot products.

$60 after shipping, I figure I would have spent much more if I tried a DIY LED..
No that uses 5mm LEDs, which are good only for lighting the aquarium. You can not grow anything under that light. That is the difference between that one and the ones above. Your fixture with 50 some LEDs only consumes about 4 watts, where as a LED grow light the high powered LEDs consume at least 3 watts EACH. The one you linked can be made very cheap actually. Thats something I could easily and cheaply build for under $20. It would be a PITA to wire 50 LEDS though. The issue with high powered LEDs is mostly the cost of the LEDs themselves.

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post #6 of 8 Old 02-29-2012, 04:25 PM
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No that uses 5mm LEDs, which are good only for lighting the aquarium. You can not grow anything under that light. That is the difference between that one and the ones above. Your fixture with 50 some LEDs only consumes about 4 watts, where as a LED grow light the high powered LEDs consume at least 3 watts EACH. The one you linked can be made very cheap actually. Thats something I could easily and cheaply build for under $20. It would be a PITA to wire 50 LEDS though. The issue with high powered LEDs is mostly the cost of the LEDs themselves.
Shoot, well I screwed that one up.

Maybe I will try and set a separate light on there to allow plants to grow.
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post #7 of 8 Old 02-29-2012, 05:20 PM
I just noticed you are in the Twin Cities. I'm not sure if you are aware of it or not, but the twin cities has the Minnesota Aquarium Society which is a fairly large and active group with regular auctions and meetings. The site is aquarium.mn and local forum is minnfish.com. Its a great way to get cheap tanks, equipment, and fish locally. You know to make sure your new hobby goes to full blown multiple tank syndrome .

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post #8 of 8 Old 02-29-2012, 05:26 PM
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Haha it already has! But yes I will check that out, sounds pretty neat! I have been looking for a local fish club!
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