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Scatty25
01-15-2007, 12:53 AM
:dunno: :dunno: :dunno::dunno::dunno::dunno::dunno::dunno::dunno:: dunno:
I want to know what other peoples opinions are on moon lights. I've been in this obsession (because it's not a hobbie) for a while and have not setup a moon light before on my tanks. I haven't because I hear that there worthless, and that they also have benefits. Whats your opinion?

Also if I do decide to set up some moon lights it will be a diy job, what are the led specs. I should look for? Can you use a low wattage actinic bulb as a lunar light for night time? What are some of the manufactured lunar lights you would use?

Please everyone let me know your opinion and if you have a lunar light of some sort.

Stoker
01-15-2007, 08:33 AM
I Like To See The "Goings On" In The Tank At Night, I Have A Lot Of "Nocturnal" Types In My Tank.... So Its Just As Much Fun, As It Is, With The Lights On...Maybe Even More Interesting......... I Have 3x1 Watt Led's

wonrib00
01-15-2007, 08:44 AM
I have a DIY from eBay that I bought a few years ago, and I have them on 24-7. There are a lot of really nice sets that have lunar tracking and all sorts of bells and whistles on them. I dont know if they add any benifet to the tank (though a lot of people say they aid in spawining), but they sure make the tank look cool at night. Plus it the cheapest thing to run on the tank. I dont see any of the setups on eBay that I purchased. Mine are individual little boxes that can be mounted pretty much anywhere in the canopy. There are some that are a row of 6-12 LEDs, I didnt like that setup too much, I think it is too much in one spot. I was looking for something that just kinda highlighted the greens and reds at night, not somethings that made the corals go through full blown photosynthesis.

Sherman
01-15-2007, 09:43 AM
I voted none, only because I've never done it, though I'd like to. My setup would require either the clip-ons on the back of the tank, or some sort of DIY mounted to the PFO mini-pendants.

Scatty25
01-15-2007, 10:55 AM
I thought that I would show these pages, they look interesting. I saw these and if I could aford them this sounds like the way I would go with my lighting.
Main page:
http://www.solarisled.com/
Led difference:
http://www.solarisled.com/FAQTechnical/5MMLedvsHighPowerLED/tabid/60/Default.aspx
Specs:
http://www.solarisled.com/Specifications/tabid/67/Default.aspx
Prices:
https://www.pfolighting.com/solaris-buy-now.aspx

The way the are completely setup and the brightness is adjustable deppedning whats in the tank along with the settings to simulate daylight is amazing in my book.

Tcook
01-15-2007, 11:04 AM
I use this setup. I have never used moonlights on prior tanks and my current tank is just cycling rock. They look great at night. I have two of the LED "tubes" and they give an even glow to my 120. I agree with Stoker. If all they do is provide night time viewing then that's enough for me.
https://www.fishbowl-innovations.com/img/sizing.jpg

Suohhen
01-15-2007, 12:07 PM
Thats a little crazy Tom, I use the R2 which is exactly the same as that one but doesn't have a controller. They are awesome cause they are easy to mount and direct. They also resist high temperature pretty well. I find that the output of this style of light is very even and natural looking. Its so much nicer then having to mount a strip of lights all around the edges.

Tcook
01-15-2007, 02:02 PM
Yes Sean. I was worried that these would give a spot effect as I could only mount them between my halides directly over the cross brace 10" apart front-to-back. However, the light is incredibly even throughout the tank.

eznet2u
01-15-2007, 05:49 PM
I DIY'd a set for my tank. A little more over the top than
most...
This has adjustable brightness, and adjustable color...
These were taken just after setting up the tank.

Regular blue...
http://img176.imageshack.us/img176/1774/1001799zj3.jpg

Red is great for viewing, without a flashlight...
http://img244.imageshack.us/img244/734/1001800tc5.jpg

Green...Because I could...:D
http://img176.imageshack.us/img176/6496/1001801uz9.jpg

Purple for Fish Party Night...
http://img244.imageshack.us/img244/8353/1001803qj9.jpg

Because I used Red/Green/Blue LEDs with independent controls, you can
dial in any color you want...From White to PURPLE...and I have a variable
resistor on it for the brightness...

Anthony
01-15-2007, 06:34 PM
Hhhhmmn:googly: that purple kind of reminds of days gone by:alcoholi:

mdt178
01-15-2007, 08:28 PM
I have a Tunze Multicontroller which has a LED moonlight that replicates the 29-day moon phase.

tolbert
01-15-2007, 10:29 PM
I found this retro on Ebay. It was only 20 bucks plus shipping.

http://i142.photobucket.com/albums/r103/tolbert2002/100_3373.jpg

Here it is on in the empty tank. It is waterproof and fully submersible.

http://i142.photobucket.com/albums/r103/tolbert2002/100_3289.jpg

fresnofisher
01-17-2007, 10:28 AM
I donít have too much of an active night life yet? But I just added 20 moon ledís I got off eBay for cheap. I didnít even take too much time in hanging them. I just grabbed the old staple gun and some zip ties to adjust them and I was ready to go. :eek: I do enjoy seeing my green star polyps GLOW at night. Plus, its kind of nice seeing what goes on in the dark. I can actually see my coral banded shrimp. :grin:

BoomerD
01-17-2007, 01:24 PM
I tried a string of blue rope lights in my 90 for a while. Even with blacking out every 2 out of 3 it was a bit too bright...
http://www.whodah.com/albums/BoomerD/alv.sized.jpg

fresnofisher
01-18-2007, 04:33 PM
I tried a string of blue rope lights in my 90 for a while. Even with blacking out every 2 out of 3 it was a bit too bright...
http://www.whodah.com/albums/BoomerD/alv.sized.jpg

That is bright. The fish are insomniacs. :scared:

BoomerD
01-18-2007, 05:26 PM
That is bright. The fish are insomniacs. :scared:

Yep, I even tried covering 3 out of 4, and it was still too bright. Finally took them down...but then again, I took the entire tank down right after...

suziemypuma
01-23-2007, 10:05 PM
I use the light that came in my setup. they work well. http://www.marinedepot.com/md_viewItem.asp?idproduct=ES53106