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  1. #1
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    Oct 2005

    12g nanocube with custom led retro

    Hello All,

    here is a little project I put together a few months back

    -13 Cree XRE Leds
    -6 white Q5's
    -7 royal blues
    powered by a meanwell dimmable driver

    Lights are running at about 60% power
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  2. #2
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    Former Moderator liv's Avatar
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    Dec 2003
    great setup.. congrats
    Did you put anything in the tank yet ?
    what do you plan on keeping ?

    moving.. so temporarily out of SW :b8:
    planning next tank, possibly 60x30x20 on 2x plasma.
    updated: 2011/05/30

  3. #3
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    Feb 2006
    Would you be able to give a parts list and price breakdown?
    I have a 14 Biocube I'd like to do this to.


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    ijo is offline
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    May 2011
    That looks awesome!! are the cree's 1 watt or 3 watt leds? would you add more/less if given the chance to do it again?


  5. #5
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    Oct 2005
    hey guys, thanks for the comments. For stock Iím thinking rics, zoos and some sps. The only thing I would change about this setup would be to use 2 separate drivers (1 for blues and 1 for whites) I would be able to control the colouration a lot better. Right now the tank is just finishing up its cycle, I am hoping to start collecting some frags in the next couple of weeks. As for the price of the setup about $240.

    -leds $110
    -meanwell dimmable driver ELN-60-48D $50
    -really large heat sink 11"x4.5" $25
    -misc parts, small fans, wire, thermal paste, drill bits power adapter etc $50

    These 3w leds produce a lot of heat from the back side. Here is a link to the data sheet
    cree has released a new XPG series that can produce a higher lumen with same power input. Most of the parts were purchased from etgtech, and future electronics located in the U.S

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    Moderator Krugar's Avatar
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    Jun 2004
    I love the way you've got the wiring under the tank, I tend to end up with a "big scarry ball of wiring" as one of the admins put it.

    There is nothing so permanent as a temporary measure.

  7. #7
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    Oct 2005
    Thanks Krugar, I will have to do some re-wireing soon. I will be upgrading the fuge light to a cree xpg

  8. #8
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    Oct 2005

    some new pics

    here are some new pics
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