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Old 12/14/2009, 09:47 PM   #1
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DIY underwater chamber macro grow light

Ok we all know the cheap LED kits for sale on ebay etc. are not powerful enough for coral growth. However, I want to make chamber one in my biocube a cheato/macro grow chamber. Right now all that is in there is my heater. So the space is being wasted. The chamber is too narrow for a top mounted light, and the old scrape the back and mount a vertical light is a TOTAL pain. I was wondering. If I get a submersible LED strip light like this. http://www.oceanus-l...ceanusled.html. I could put the light vertically in the chamber and the macro could grow right up next to it. Getting the most bang for the buck in terms of surface area and distance from light! All it would require is an occasional cleaning of the strip.What do you guys think? Alternative suggestions? Does anyone know of any other submersible light options?

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Old 12/14/2009, 10:40 PM   #2
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i like the idea, it would be nice to not have a big bulb over my cheato.


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Old 12/14/2009, 10:47 PM   #3
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hoping to do same thing with my biocube (but chamber 2). tagging along.


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Old 12/15/2009, 11:58 AM   #4
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By occasional cleaning, do you mean pretty much daily? I would guess that that is the rate some of the microalgaes would accumulate against the surface. You might be better off simply mounting the LED fixture just above the water line, maybe putting it on some sort of bracket that it flips up easily.

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Old 12/28/2009, 07:17 PM   #5
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status update

Ok light came in today. Not bad for 5 bucks I must say! Here are the pics





Talk about turn key! Looks like plenty of light to grow my ball of cheato. Its running fully submerged. If you do this you might want to consider buying 4 of these guys and you can mount the lights on all 4 sides of the chamber. I will update after a few weeks and report growth.


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Old 12/28/2009, 07:41 PM   #6
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How many watts is that strip?
Interesting idea.


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Old 12/28/2009, 08:19 PM   #7
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No idea. Its prob something like 4w.


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Old 12/28/2009, 08:24 PM   #8
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Good idea trying to use LED's for growing chaeto ...

This has been done with halogen bulbs with great success from these guys. I ordered two of these to grow my chaeto without an over-tank light. I think it will work fine. Something about the yellower color temp of halogen that grows the algae better. You might have to try warm white LED's if they are available if you don't get good growth.

I couldn't get your link to work, BTW ...


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Old 12/28/2009, 08:29 PM   #9
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Place the light in a clear plastic bag before submerging. Just change the bag when you have algae film develop.


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Old 12/28/2009, 08:52 PM   #10
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Not trying to slam your LED idea, I was actually looking into a submersible light but couldn't find one local, so I did this:

5th post down:
http://reefcentral.com/forums/showth...7#post16249667

going to HD and putting this together, as well as removing the backing (2 straight lines down the back with a razor blade and peel it right off) only took maybe 30mins total. I use a "zip-tie" to hang it from the cord retainer near the top ledge on the back on the tank. Chamber 2

It would be nice to just have the submersible (only need to set the cord into the slot in the hood).

Whats the K rating on the LED's?


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Old 12/28/2009, 09:44 PM   #11
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they look pretty white I would say around 7k


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Old 12/28/2009, 09:45 PM   #12
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http://cgi.ebay.com/9-LED-Strip-Whit...ht_4153wt_1166


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Old 12/28/2009, 10:13 PM   #13
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Let me know how your Chaeto grows with them. My DIY light was easy, and it's pretty much out of the way, but I'd rather just have something in the chamber, out of sight.


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Old 12/29/2009, 11:09 AM   #14
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barderer,

I looked at the oceanus website and it does not specifically show that light.

Do they guarantee that it is submersible?

Also, is that an AC power cord going into it or is there a driver out of the picture?

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Is it sealed 100%? Looks very cool though. Does it run on DC? i would be worried if it was AC.


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Old 12/29/2009, 01:19 PM   #16
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barderer,

I looked at the oceanus website and it does not specifically show that light.

Do they guarantee that it is submersible?

Also, is that an AC power cord going into it or is there a driver out of the picture?

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Is it sealed 100%? Looks very cool though. Does it run on DC? i would be worried if it was AC.

If you guys click on the ebay link the OP provided, you would see that it is a DC powered light and you have to provide your own power source. Any typical small wall wart 12V DC would do just fine.


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Old 12/31/2009, 01:15 AM   #17
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yep running it with a old 12V DC wall wart.


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Old 12/31/2009, 10:24 AM   #18
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Not trying to slam your LED idea, I was actually looking into a submersible light but couldn't find one local, so I did this:

5th post down:
http://reefcentral.com/forums/showth...7#post16249667

going to HD and putting this together, as well as removing the backing (2 straight lines down the back with a razor blade and peel it right off) only took maybe 30mins total. I use a "zip-tie" to hang it from the cord retainer near the top ledge on the back on the tank. Chamber 2

It would be nice to just have the submersible (only need to set the cord into the slot in the hood).

Whats the K rating on the LED's?
Just curious if this DIY light would work well with an AC-70 Fuge mod? I plan to keep the cover, so I'm just wondering if the light will pass through the cover (It's somewhat tinted). Or will I have to DIY a new cover out of plexi?

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Old 12/31/2009, 07:13 PM   #19
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check ou this guys nano tank he used a eheim canister filter for refugium and used waterfall lites from a pond supplier for lights
http://reefcentral.com/forums/showth...njafish&page=2


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Old 06/11/2013, 11:33 PM   #20
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any updates was considering doing the same


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Old 06/12/2013, 01:15 PM   #21
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It worked, but needed to be cleaned a lot because algae would grow on it.


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Old 06/12/2013, 01:47 PM   #22
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Wow! I've never actually seen a response to a dead thread.


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Old 06/12/2013, 02:04 PM   #23
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I had email notification turned on for this.


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Old 06/12/2013, 06:51 PM   #24
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thanks for response, would you do anything differently? how oftern did you clean it ? and how fast did the chaeto grow?


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best-underwater-fishing-lights ?

Can anyone recommend me the best product from the list mentioned in this site. https://householdneed.com/best-under...ishing-lights/


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