Shrimp setup

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    Building a 12 tank shrimp setup.Updates to follow as I progress.
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    Wow... that will be a lot of shrimp!!

    Jokes aside, that will look awesome
     
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    I've always wanted to see a shrimp setup bigger than me.

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    Frame work done.:)
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    No welding, are those 25mm shelf connectors?
     
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    Yes using those 25mm connectors.I'm sceptical but it will have to do for now.Seems strong.
     
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    Combined weight for both me and my wife is 160kg.1 shelf will hold 3 tanks of 45l each plus let say 5-10 kg's of odds and ends,so each shelf will have a mass of roughly 150kg.We sat on 1 cross bar taking the full weight of us and it was fine so I guess it's ok.Would of preferred welding to the connectors but I'm in a hurry.Already got some of my shrimps today.
     
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    I am sure it will be OK for the shrimp tanks .. maybe just not that big one you have on the bench ;-)
     
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    Lol yeah.That tank is going to become a short experiment before I send it away for repairs.That's the previous crazy town tank that's cracked.So I'm going to leave it outside fill it up and see how long it takes for it to burst or leak.Bwahahaha(Evil)
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    @Ferdi .Going to need you're help on this.Was going to do 2x T5's over the tanks.But $+$+$ isn't going to work.I want to save on electricity,heat emissions and cost.Want to go LED's but buying LED units and modifieng them is going to empty the wallet aswell.So DIY LED'S would be a good option.Problem is I've never done DIY LED's before,don't know wich type and don't know where to get them.I assume when doing LED,s you need some sort of power supply/converter of some sorts and of course the light strips.Pls explain to me how to setup LED,s for the entire shrimp setup,running if possible from 1 power supply unit.I'm keeping cardinas hense the heat emission restrictions.Lights should be versatile enough to keep any type of plants(would like that option if needed) but I will mostly keep mosses anubias etc. for now.I don't want the most expensive best of the best but don't want junk either,and they must be powerful enough for the 500mm hight.4 Compartments,sizes are 950mm(l) x 500mm(h(from bottom of tank/shelf to where strips would be mounted)) x 500mm(w) Tnx
     
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    Bad thing this is 950mm(l) ... that means normal 2ft T8 LED tubes won't work and I have not found lekker 3ft glass tubes yet ... straight 220volt, no need for a separate power supply - that would be my way to go.

    If only you could find something like this in 900mm http://www.brightstarlighting.co.za/ftl009-white/ sorted with at custom reflector.

    Problem with strip LED's durability and consistency in performance - I have had some that lasted 2 years and some that did not make it to 6 months - no predictability in them.

    I would say go an have a look at what chamberlains (brightstar - check the colour temp they also have 4000k, no good. ) and lighting warehouse (sunlit) has in stock .. maybe you get lucky on the 900mm but be sure to get 6000 - 6500K and do the calculation on the lumens / watt - the higer that ration the more light you get for the power you consume.

    If all the above fails then china mall is your next stop - you should be able to find 900mm units ...

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    All of the above are 240V tubes - not your size but you get the idea, the top on is the best performer of them all, to get extra light - add another tube that simple.

    Failing the above - i.e. 240 volt T8 tubes (clear or frosted) best bang for buck is something like this -

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    you can get them in 12 volt or 240 volts - might / maybe 900mm but have not seen them. If you start going into strip lights 5730 chips are OK performance for heat vs light.

    Honestly the best DIY I have ever had for 3ft tanks was opple t5's from builders many moons back.

    Later Ferdie
     
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    Can you connect them in series or parallel?Still remember this from school days although I can't remember wich would be better.I guess it doesn't matter as it would be my personal preference right?
     
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    Most units are parallel, even if you can plug the one into the next internally they are still parallel.

    Later Ferdie
     
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    Won't lights in series become more dim as you add more lights due to the resistance?
     

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