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PostPosted: Sun Sep 02, 2007 11:27 am Post subject: Future of Aquarium Lighting - Direct Sunlight Fiber Optics Reply with quote

 I  have  been  recently  thinking  why  not  use  sunlight  to  illuminate  planted  aquarium?   Searching  on  the  net  brought  up  this  web  site  
 
 http://www.sunlight-direct.com/products.html   see  the  video  on  the  site  for  better  understanding  of  the  concept.
 
 Right  now  the  price  is  very  high  USD10k  range  but  should  come  down  drastically  in  few  years.  
 
 Does  anyone  know  if  plastic  fiber  optic  cables  like  they  mention  on  the  above  site  is  available  in  India?  I  would  like  to  try  a  DIY  project.....


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PostPosted: Sun Sep 02, 2007 11:42 am Post subject: Re: Future of Aquarium Lignting - Direct Sunlight Fiber Opti Reply with quote

 the  ideas  great,   Thumb Up   but  USD  =  10K  =  Rs4,00,000  =  NOT  HAPENING  for  me  in  the  near  future  or  maybe  distant  future  too..   Wink   ...
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 02, 2007 11:49 am Post subject: Re: Future of Aquarium Lignting - Direct Sunlight Fiber Opti Reply with quote

                                                   
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I  have  been  recently  thinking  why  not  use  sunlight  to  illuminate  planted  aquarium?  Â Searching  on  the  net  brought  up  this  web  site  
 
                 

 
 The  easiest  way  to  do  this  is  to  place  the  aquarium  in  a  sopt  where  it  receives  direct  sunlight  for  a  couple  of  hours,  most  avoid  this  due  to  algae  issues.
 
 The  video  about  the  fibre  optic  lighting  is  a  good  one  from  a  technology  prespective.   
 
 The  only  advantage  I  see  from  the  fibre  optic  technology  use  in  aquarium  is  that  it  gives  high  spectrum  light  without  the  heat  generation.
 
 Fresh  ideas  are  always  welcome,  my  bet  is  that  the  home  usage  should  catch  up  before  we  can  think  of  using  this  for  aquarium.
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 02, 2007 12:05 pm Post subject: Re: Future of Aquarium Lignting - Direct Sunlight Fiber Opti Reply with quote

                                                   
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 Does  anyone  know  if  plastic  fiber  optic  cables  like  they  mention  on  the  above  site  is  available  in  India?  I  would  like  to  try  a  DIY  project.....                

 Should  be  ,  as  I  see  some  room  decorations  composed  of  fiber  optics.  And  I  dont  think  that  it  is  some  costly  stuff.
 I  guess,  that  their  price  is  high  because  they  have  lots  of  technical  stuff  involved  in  the  actual  distribution  of  the  light  once  it  is  collected  !
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 02, 2007 1:00 pm Post subject: Re: Future of Aquarium Lignting - Direct Sunlight Fiber Opti Reply with quote

                                                   
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 The  easiest  way  to  do  this  is  to  place  the  aquarium  in  a  sopt  where  it  receives  direct  sunlight  for  a  couple  of  hours,  most  avoid  this  due  to  algae  issues.                

 
 We  keep  seeing  this  on  aquarium  forums  often  but  it  is  false  concept.  Algae  come  due  to  nutrient  imbalances  and  not  due  to  sunlight.  In  fact  sunlight  is  the  best  possible  lighting  for  aquarium.   
 
 I  have  had  past  experience  of  running  planted  aquarium  kept  on  a  veranda  receiving  about  3-4  hours  direct  sunlight  and  diffused  sunlight  rest  of  the  day  for  more  than  15  years,  there  was  absolutely  no  algae  problem.
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 02, 2007 1:26 pm Post subject: Re: Future of Aquarium Lignting - Direct Sunlight Fiber Opti Reply with quote

                                                   
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 Should  be  ,  as  I  see  some  room  decorations  composed  of  fiber  optics.  And  I  dont  think  that  it  is  some  costly  stuff.
 I  guess,  that  their  price  is  high  because  they  have  lots  of  technical  stuff  involved  in  the  actual  distribution  of  the  light  once  it  is  collected  !                

 
 The  plastic  fiber  optic  cable  should  be  cheap,  the  high  cost  is  due  to  the  electronics  used  for  tracking  the  sun.  For  a  DIY  we  can  try  it  without  the  tracking  mechanism  and  see  if  we  can  get  about  3-4  hours  good  light.
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 02, 2007 1:49 pm Post subject: Re: Future of Aquarium Lignting - Direct Sunlight Fiber Opti Reply with quote

                                                   
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 The  easiest  way  to  do  this  is  to  place  the  aquarium  in  a  sopt  where  it  receives  direct  sunlight  for  a  couple  of  hours,  most  avoid  this  due  to  algae  issues.                

 
 We  keep  seeing  this  on  aquarium  forums  often  but  it  is  false  concept.  Algae  come  due  to  nutrient  imbalances  and  not  due  to  sunlight.  In  fact  sunlight  is  the  best  possible  lighting  for  aquarium.  Â 
 
 I  have  had  past  experience  of  running  planted  aquarium  kept  on  a  veranda  receiving  about  3-4  hours  direct  sunlight  and  diffused  sunlight  rest  of  the  day  for  more  than  15  years,  there  was  absolutely  no  algae  problem.                

 
 
 True.  I  agree,  I  oversimplified  my  statement,  not  many  can  resist  overfeeding  /  overstocking  the  aquarium  Smile
 
 I  still  have  a  question  as  to  why  are  you  trying  to  do  this?  seems  you  have  enough  sunlight  already.  
 
 I  am  not  trying  to  sissuade  you  just  curious.
 
 I  remember  seeing  these  types  of  wires  in  some  childrens  toys  and  nightlamps,  not  sure  if  they  are  fibre  optic  though.
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 02, 2007 8:47 pm Post subject: Re: Future of Aquarium Lignting - Direct Sunlight Fiber Opti Reply with quote

                                                   
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 I  still  have  a  question  as  to  why  are  you  trying  to  do  this?  seems  you  have  enough  sunlight  already.  
 
                 

 
 The  tank  i  mentioned  running  on  sunlight  was  long  time  back  when  i  was  in  Kerala,  here  in  Bangalore  it  is  not  possible  to  keep  the  tank  near  a  window.  Right  now  what  i  have  is  BB  discus  tank,  i  am  planning  to  setup  a  planted  tank  with  minimum  power  consumption.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 31, 2007 7:29 pm Post subject: Re: Future of Aquarium Lighting - Direct Sunlight Fiber Opti Reply with quote

 How  about  a  sunpipe..?  Has  anyone  ever  tried  it..?
 
 Looks  like  a  fairly  simple  DIY  with  PVC  with  some  mylar  or  white  paint  thrown  in..
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 01, 2008 1:29 pm Post subject: Re: Future of Aquarium Lighting - Direct Sunlight Fiber Opti Reply with quote

 Thanks  Max  for  the  Links.  Really  thought  provoking  I  will   definitely  try  to  experiment  on  it  .
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 Hi  
   
   This  kind  of  lighting  will  be  good  for  a  210gal/800l  aquarium.....that’s  one  big  aquarium.  The  pricing  is  definitely  high  but  this  is  the  case  with  all  new  technology,  I  am  sure  it  will  become  a  lot  more  affordable  in  due  time.  
   Interestingly  I  recently  meet  someone  from  Bangalore  who  is  into  a  similar  kind  of  lighting  systems.  Of  course  much  more  low  tech  as  compared  to  this.  They  harness  the  sunlight  and  through  a  reflector  vent  focus  it  on  a  particular  area.  These  systems  start  at  Rs.65000/-.  
    These  alternate  sources  of  light  re  the  future,  where  people  will  get  a  lot  more  environmentally  conscious.
 
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 01, 2008 4:27 pm Post subject: Re: Future of Aquarium Lighting - Direct Sunlight Fiber Opti Reply with quote

 Price  seems  to  be  toooo  high....
 But  i  believe  it  will  come  down  in  a  few  years  of  time.....
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