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The reason we run blue heavy tanks with LED is because we have the ability to do so. With discrete channels to adjust running 450nm many reefers like the pop that 450nm provides. That was tricky to do back in the halide and tube days. Now you can just turn up the blues with a dial or an on your phone.
This has been beaten to death, but theres no evidence 400-440nm violets do anything better than the common 450nm band that is universal to all types of reef lights including LED , halide and T5. Some of the most legendary halide bulbs made for reefing have trivial amounts of 400-440nm but they've grown spectacular SPS tanks over the years. Anybody can write articles on in vitro chlorophyll absorption ratios but ask them to show show their side by side SPS tanks and how the one with violet is growing better and they shut up because it doesn't exist.
Don't buy into the violet nonsense. Most of the mainstream lights have them anyways. Base your choice on features and coverage.
Really appreciate this info - I can't wait to try to figure out the spectrum of this light. Also the tank looks happy and healthy. Surprisingly cleanFor those who want to see coral non-fluorescent as well as fluorescent pigments, the general rule of thumb with LED arrays is make sure you have sufficient 'actinic' for photosynthesis...and then tweak the white/other colors to your viewing preference. For those interested in just the 'black-light poster' look, a very strong actinic with minimal white/other colors works, too.
I've been experimenting with a touch less 'white' and more 'cyan' than I typically run lately and the corals/false corals are most fine with it
This is the spectrum graph from the DIY spectrometer program:
Small 12g tank, so I was running a bunch of Stunner Strips in addition to DIY LED strips at the time. Gives you an idea of the output format.
Just in case you weren't aware, there is an 'Aquarium Lighting Forum' here on R2R (run by Dana Riddle) with lots of great info:
Honestly, had I known this meter existed I would have picked it up. For the price, you can't beat that. I just wonder how accurate it is. Though even if it is just in the ballpark, I think I can be happy with it. Definitely picking one of those up.Also, Seneye has a meter that reads PAR and approximate PUR for home reef use.
I have this thread (linked below) going on right now in the Lighting Forum that has some info on the light that I am working on specifically. Any input would be greatly appreciated considering I only have one more day with the PAR meter.Post PAR numbers when you get a chance. Need to know model # (MQ-510, etc.), sensor color (blue or white) and if measurements were in air or water.
Can you clarify why violet isn't needed? Just curious.Color does play a big role. Certain wavelengths are much more readily used in photosynthesis than others. Yes one obviously doesn't need violet, but its color that can fuel better production in the zooxanthellae than if you did not have it.
My apologies, I worded that poorly.Can you clarify why violet isn't needed? Just curious.
I also think I should clarify I am calling violet 400nm ish area with blue starting somewhere around 420nm or 430nm.My apologies, I worded that poorly.
I wanted to edit that but sometimes I can't edit one of my messages andI am not sure why?
But I was trying to get across that the coral can probably "survive" with a limited violet spectrum (I meant to say a tiny but not 0) but that its probably gonna be more beneficial to have the purple and violet and not just blue at 450nm. More of one of those where they could thrive or just survive (reference when brs did a light master video where they noted that very narrow spectrums can probably keep coral alive but not keep them thriving). Thank you for replying so that I can better clarify what I meant!
Long ago i designed my own spectra based off those graphs of photosynthetic corala, the graphs of the LED outputs, and the relative intensity of each LED combo.
Recently i took a spectra of it since i was borrowing a spectral analyser for other work i was doing... It was pretty spot on for what i wanted.
The OP question is about PUR (combination of PAR and spectrum) this article shows how you can make a diy PARmeter so spectrum remains unknown. You can blast corals with high intensity low PUR spectrum to get/measure the same PAR as you would get with high PUR spectrum at lower intensity.
I doubt anywhere rents these. These are used primarily for scientific lighting research and industrial lighting analysis. They're availble for public purchase but cost a few grand since theyre a self contained spectragraph and intensity meter. The model number is in the pic if anyone wants to look them up. There are "cheaper" things that emulate this but cheaper is still around 500$.Any clue of a place that rents those?