Just a short history to how i got here. I've been keeping SW aquariums for over 15 years now and I currently have a 100 Gallon full blown SPS reef tank (see my signature below) and I use MH lighting at the moment. I always wanted to try LED lighting but it's a bit risky going from what i know works to something that is suppose to work. So I decided to do a Nano tank for testing. I found a local reefer willing to trade for frags and i ended up getting a Biocube 14 with a sunpod MH150 for nothing but frags. I later found someone to buy the tank and I upgraded to a Aquapod 24G with the canopy and standard lights. So for a total investment of $0 I will start to build my new Nano.
After doing extensive research, I will do a DIY LED upgrade to the canopy. This LED setup should be powerful enough to keep anything from SPS to softies. It will include 20 CREE XP LED's with a combo of at least 13 royal blues to 7 whites to try to get the look of 20K. If that combo doesn't get the look, i ordered 2 extra blues so i could get 15 blues to 5 whites to give a 25% white to 75% blue combination lighting. This type of lighting should give shimmer in the tank without any heat going into the water so no chiller should be required. I've already ordered the parts for the LED build and when I get the required parts I will post the upgrade to the canopy.
For supplementing trace elements, I currently have a triple dosing pump. I will be able to dose 3 part alk, ca, and mg separately. I will also build a DIY auto topoff for the tank as i did with my current tank. I will consider using a mini diy kalk reactor in the process.
The goal is to see if LED's give the look i like, if corals can thrive under this type of lighting and whatever i use to support the tank will need to fit under the tank stand as i'm not into seeing all the "junk" that support a tank. If successful, i may one day, break down the 100 G and create a new look and theme aquarium using LED's.
obviously i will try to answer any questions posted here. Hopefully we can all learn something from this experience.