View Full Version : Moon lights

CVR Mission Statement

Central Valley Reefers is a group of dedicated marine aquarium hobbyists committed to bringing together people with similar interests throughout Central California. In doing so, we support ecologically-friendly propagation techniques, sharing knowledge through planned events and activities, and providing assistance to fellow enthusiasts in an open and friendly atmosphere.

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.

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

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.

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.

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:
Led difference:

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Regular blue...

Red is great for viewing, without a flashlight...

Green...Because I could...:D

Purple for Fish Party Night...

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...

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

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

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


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


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:

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...

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...

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

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...

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