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Postby Dan » Sat 26 Dec, 2009 11:56 pm

found these shelving brackets in bunnings today and decided they were perfect to hang the light off, simple to install & much easier to source
than bent stainless steel tubing, best of all its easily adjustable :thumbsup:

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We just about finished the light today. Finished wiring it up (all the drivers are tucked away in the centre metal frame).
We also cut the perspex cover (Dennison your a champ :bow: ) and bolted the frame together.

Sorry the photos are not that great - didn't have my camera with me today :nono:

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Postby fewyearsinsalt » Sun 27 Dec, 2009 8:06 am

Talk about a well planned build :clap: :clap:

It looks great
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Postby Dan » Sun 27 Dec, 2009 8:23 am

timmmysli wrote:Talk about a well planned build :clap: :clap:

It looks great

:cheers:


:banana: IT'S WET :banana:

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Postby MasterJeep » Sun 27 Dec, 2009 9:04 am

Congratulations! The tank looks awesome and extremely well planned.

Find any leaks in your plumbing when you got the water in there?

Looking forward to see it with the LED fixture hanging up and on!!
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Postby Dan » Mon 28 Dec, 2009 7:24 am

:cheers: hopefully all the planning will pay off once it starts getting stock in it.

MasterJeep wrote:Congratulations! The tank looks awesome and extremely well planned.

Find any leaks in your plumbing when you got the water in there?

Looking forward to see it with the LED fixture hanging up and on!!


Yeah the backup syphon had a leak but it just needed to be screwed onto the bulkhead tighter and all good now. Touch wood nothing else leaked :clap:

I am also looking forward to having the LED over the tank. We had hoped to have it up yesterday but managed to pick up a faulty power source from Jaycar and now have to take it back today and try and get it replaced. Once thats done then we can get it up on the tank :thumbsup:
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Postby sydneydrewid » Mon 28 Dec, 2009 10:02 am

good luck!! im sure this is going to be spectacular when you stock it.. :)

when do you think your going to place the LED's on top??
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Postby Dan » Mon 28 Dec, 2009 7:13 pm

We have chucked some LR into the tank to start the cycle :thumbsup: waiting to get a black milk crate tomorrow as a base and add the rest of the rock then start the aquascaping.

LED should be over the tank VERY soon. The power source was replaced today and is all working. Just need to arrange timers and a ventilated box for the switching power supply and its done.

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Postby Deek » Mon 28 Dec, 2009 9:00 pm

| Dan | wrote:I am also looking forward to having the LED over the tank.

:withyou: :thumbsup:
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Postby Dan » Wed 30 Dec, 2009 9:07 pm

Here it is :devil:

36 Cree XR-E LEDs running at 3watts ea = 108 watts of LED goodness
18 XR-E Q5's, 15 XR-E Royal Blues & 3 XR-E Reds

The photos really don't do this light justice...

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Postby Dan » Wed 30 Dec, 2009 9:09 pm

And a close up of the light over the tank.

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Postby fredee33 » Wed 30 Dec, 2009 9:34 pm

Looking good mate! :clap:
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Postby tOiletduck » Wed 30 Dec, 2009 9:37 pm

Looks like you have a perfect mix in there, nice and blue yet really crisp. :)
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Postby bradw6860 » Wed 30 Dec, 2009 9:56 pm

Congratulations Dan, all that planing has paid off.
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Postby sydneydrewid » Wed 30 Dec, 2009 10:43 pm

wow Dan, the colour looks amazing!!!
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Postby reefsecretsaquariums » Wed 30 Dec, 2009 11:32 pm

EXTREAMLY well planned... very nice set up...

i would have woke the whole street if i had of broken my sump..... :roflmao:

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the lights do look bright i also was concerned about how bright it would be but sure looks great....
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Postby splinteredmind » Thu 31 Dec, 2009 12:31 am

WOW, have been following this tank build, and I must say those LEDs look fantastic! Good work! :bow:
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Postby Dan » Thu 31 Dec, 2009 6:47 am

:cheers: everyone.

After about an hour of running we lost 6 x whites on the RHS :( not really sure what happened and the rest of the LED's are working fine?? Have to pull it apart on the weekend to see what's going on.

Just goes to show nothing works for me in this hobby even with a massive amount of planning :roflmao:
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Postby bad_inferno » Thu 31 Dec, 2009 9:11 am

Fantastic biuld guy's, Does the overflow or sump make any noise, have you used anything to quiten it down ?

What constant current supplies are you using for the LED's ? I see they have a dimmer capability.

Does the glass get hot infront of the LED's ? I was planning to screw an acrylic sheet directly onto the frame do you think that would work ?

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Postby fewyearsinsalt » Thu 31 Dec, 2009 9:35 am

Great looking tank :)

Guess you'll have to test each led to find if just ones gone on you. Maybe the polarity was the wrong way around? or it got a bit too hot when you were soldering or maybe a led is earthed (can happen when soldering with the star pcb's)

Hope you find an easy solution, looking good either way :)
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Postby s14boy » Thu 31 Dec, 2009 11:04 am

man love the lights great job mate
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Postby sydneydrewid » Thu 31 Dec, 2009 11:13 am

im guessing because they are wired serially that it would be the first one of the six, or are they grouped in 6's??
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Postby danger_dave » Thu 31 Dec, 2009 4:38 pm

| Dan | wrote:And a close up of the light over the tank.

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Postby Dan » Thu 31 Dec, 2009 6:17 pm

bad_inferno wrote:Fantastic biuld guy's, Does the overflow or sump make any noise, have you used anything to quiten it down ?

What constant current supplies are you using for the LED's ? I see they have a dimmer capability.

Does the glass get hot infront of the LED's ? I was planning to screw an acrylic sheet directly onto the frame do you think that would work ?

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Hi Rob,

Overflow is completely silent :thumbsup: just using a durso & backup syphon. i'm actually really surprised how quiet it is!

Using Luxdrive 1000ma drivers w/ext dimmers on them.

We are also using 6mm acrylic in front of the LEDs - no short term issues yet but the longest i've run them for is 5 hrs straight so can't really be sure yet.

timmmysli wrote:Great looking tank :)

Guess you'll have to test each led to find if just ones gone on you. Maybe the polarity was the wrong way around? or it got a bit too hot when you were soldering or maybe a led is earthed (can happen when soldering with the star pcb's)

Hope you find an easy solution, looking good either way :)


not the polarity as we had them running for about 2 hours when they went out. I'd say a heat issue or earthed but I will have a better look tomorrow.
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Postby nowlan » Fri 01 Jan, 2010 5:14 pm

One way to test is to just move the + lead one led at a time.
Leave the ground on the last led, and work backwards.
Then you know which led is dead, without desoldering everything.

Also concerned about heat dissipation. How hot do the heatsinks get? Can you hold your hand on them?
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Postby Dan » Fri 01 Jan, 2010 11:23 pm

nowlan wrote:One way to test is to just move the + lead one led at a time.
Leave the ground on the last led, and work backwards.
Then you know which led is dead, without desoldering everything.

Also concerned about heat dissipation. How hot do the heatsinks get? Can you hold your hand on them?


heatsinks are fine, they get warm but I can happily hold them for as long as it takes for me to get bored...
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Postby Dan » Fri 01 Jan, 2010 11:32 pm

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Postby Dan » Sun 03 Jan, 2010 10:38 am

Over the last two days and many changes the aquascaping is done and we have moved over the small collection of corals we had from the old DT. Decided on this rockwork as you can view the tank from all 3 sides and love the look of having corals & swimming room all the way around the rocks. Its also easier to keep the glass clean with access to all 4 walls.

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Postby Sin » Sun 03 Jan, 2010 11:12 am

Looking really good Dan, Love the open look.

I like your LED build so much that i am now looking at building one but there are so many choices. :thumbsup:

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Postby DannyH » Sun 03 Jan, 2010 11:19 am

I like the rockwork mate :)
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Postby n0rk » Sun 03 Jan, 2010 11:44 pm

Looking bloody ripper!! :clap:
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