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    DIY LEDs - The write-up

    Yea I made a fixture for growing some habanero pepper plants.... it was working great and growing nice plants until friggen spider mites got in on the party :) Nothin fancy, using mostly leftover LEDs from my aquarium build (and all the other bits as well), just had to buy some warm/red ones...
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    DIY LEDs - The write-up

    Yea I'm not sure what the point of a shunt would be in a parellel setup where you are way under driving everything. With the current's I am thinking of running (0.35-0.375), with 8 strings and a 3.9a driver, 5 of the strings could fail WITHOUT having any fuses and the XPGs would still be...
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    Taqpol's 220 gallon custom Miracles tank!

    Hey Alex long time no see. Read back a few pages and your tank was lookin NICE!. Sorry to hear about your recent troubles though with the corals. I'd be surprised if lack of light was directly responsible for coral STN from the base, although I guess it's possible. You definitely make a good...
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    LED fixtures and avoiding corrosion

    I ran my LEDs about 12" from the water for over a year and there were no corrosion issues... and I took 0 measures to protect the fixture or LEDs aside from optics. however there was one BIG issue.... my stupid elbows kept breaking the optics off when I was cleaning the tank :lol: next time...
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    DIY LEDs - The write-up

    Got a quick binning question for anybody. I know that higher number+letter is usally better, but it's also usually true that cooler-whites tend to be the higher bins also. Looking at the XGP in the following bins for use in growing plants. Wanting slightly warm color and best output: 5B1 R4...
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    DIY LEDs - The write-up

    Ok I found a budget LED thread by Kcress, so I will make sure I read through it before making him answer the questions which are most likely already answered in there :) http://www.reefcentral.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1751598 thanks again
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    DIY LEDs - The write-up

    Thanks for the suggestion. I will certainly read more into using resistors instead. I will have to look into that, since I'm not sure what kind of adjustable resistor you mean (a pot, rheo, or did you literally mean just swapping out a variety of different sized resistors?) You still end up...
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    DIY LEDs - The write-up

    Thanks for the reply, yea I can maximize the strings no problem. I just threw 12 out there since it was close. Not sure yet if I will end up with XREs or XPGs or maybe something else. so the Vf isn't known yet (but I know they're all around the same 3.somethin). I'm also wondering to what...
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    DIY LEDs - The write-up

    Guys guys, long time no see! I am moving next month; sold my tank already, sadly won't have a tank for a while!! Sensing this upcoming "dry spell", I cannot seem to stop craving another project. Been wanting to get into hydroponic gardening for a while now (done some dabbling in peppers...
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    How not to build a 750/1500 gallon build thread-Khaosinc 3/5/71-8/30/11

    Very sorry to hear this. I cannot tell you what an inspiration he was to me over the years. My heart goes out to you and your family.
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    DIY LEDs - The write-up

    SPCP?? I guess I am just confused as to why the pot is dropping my voltage so much. I am using 2 more of the same pot on my 10v power supply to dim the meanwell signal, and the range there is the same as the supply voltage, 0-10.2v Is it normal for one pot to have such a difference in...
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    DIY LEDs - The write-up

    Hey Guys, A bit of a more random electrical question for anybody who's up for it. I have some power hungry 12vdc fans, so I bought what I thought was a good regulated power supply. It puts out 12vdc up to 6a. It's for a laptop. When I test the output, it's very close to 12, around 12.2a. So I...
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    Taqpol's 220 gallon custom Miracles tank!

    Those number look really good Alex. I wouldn't worry about the lack of high intensity in the center; you dont have any high rocks there that would benefit from the intensity and the numbers seem to converge pretty evenly across the bottom. Optics on the center wouldn't hurt, but then you...
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    My Shadowbox Background Project

    I think it is close, but what gives it away is the drop shadow on the sides... maybe some more noise and shadows painted onto the rock next to the dropshadows would make the the silhouette harder to spot?
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    My Shadowbox Background Project

    I wasn't at all suggesting you redo what you have done, just saying that route had strong potential for whoever wanted to explore it. I like the small silhouette details you added (fake gorgonians as you called them), seeing those crisp shapes blurred adds to the illusion.
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