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Posted: Dec 3 2011, 02:24 AM
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If the aquarium world has seen the same advances in technology as the cycling world, LED lights are where it's at. Modern LED headlights for night riding are brighter, lighter, and half the price, of HID units from 3 or 4 years ago.

For example, last year I bought a 350 lumen riding light, it cost me $200, and used a seperate battery you have to put somewhere (attach to the frame if the light is on your bars, or put in a jersey pocket or hydration pack if it's on your helmet). This year I bought a 600 lumen light for $150, and it's cordless, the battery is built in. So, surely the aquarium world is seeing this too right?

Have people started using LED's for planted aquariums? My googleing searches have lead me to some DIY stuff, but it's all several years old.

Say you wanted 150W of lighting for a 75G tank - how would you go about that with LEDs? Not really looking for a DIY solution, I wouldn't mind buying something.

School me!
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Posted: Dec 3 2011, 03:37 AM
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I have LED lites on both my tanks, on my 150 I have a pair of 36" single LED's by Marineland. I currently have Frontosa's in that tnak and a couplw of goldhead comps and 4 cats. No plants.

In the 110 corner tank I have a 36" double LED light and it is really bright, this tank houses five of the most pampered and babied Blood Parrots......fat little round monsters....lol.....

what I really like is the shimmer effect of the lites over any I have seen..I have had them for a while now.....really like them

I did make a post of them in Equipment someplace

http://www.totalfishkeeping.com/index.php?showtopic=17297

and this one

http://www.totalfishkeeping.com/index.php?showtopic=17352

hope this helps a bit
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Posted: Dec 4 2011, 12:10 AM
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Not tried LED stuff on my freshwater tank, I do use LED's on my reef though.
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Posted: Dec 5 2011, 11:10 PM
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Thanks for the info fellas. Looks like LED's aren't ready for planted tanks just yet.
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Posted: Dec 6 2011, 08:03 AM
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There are some amazing planted tanks illuminated by TMC LED light tiles but they are expensive & not particularly effective at penetrating water at depth.
2 x T5s the length of the tank is a recommended & very successful method if you are injecting C02 otherwise one T5 or two T8 would be adequate.

I have been down the LED route with some success & great expense but, I now use a single 70w metal halide suspended over my 180lts tank. (you can buy them for 35 on Ebay)
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Posted: Dec 6 2011, 03:11 PM
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Hmmm...these GroBeam 500/600 lights look like a good option, if I used two of them: http://www.americanaquariumproducts.com/LEDLights.html (scroll down a bit, about half way).

I'll keep looking around...
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Posted: Dec 6 2011, 03:44 PM
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You can't beat metal halide lights for intensity! ohmy.gif

But they can get quite hot from what I've read.

I only used the standard flourescent bulbs . . . but added one or two "plant bulbs" to help with plants . . . and I had good success with them! thumbsup.gif



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Posted: Dec 6 2011, 05:31 PM
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The more research I do the more appealing good "old fashioned" CFL becomes. Cheap initial cost, readily available bulbs, easily adjustable using different wattage bulbs, and I can easily get the ouput I need. Hmmm. dry.gif

It might be fun to build my own reflectors and all that...
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Posted: Dec 6 2011, 06:59 PM
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Here is my 180lt tank with a single 70w MH.
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Posted: Dec 6 2011, 07:33 PM
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Looks great! How about a pic of the whole set up, including the light on top of the tank, the stand, etc.

Whatever I do has to be easy to hide under a canopy.
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Posted: Dec 6 2011, 07:36 PM
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Never tire looking at your tanks Fox, they are always great looking
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Posted: Dec 6 2011, 09:14 PM
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Well no pictures at the moment as that tank was stripped down last week, there will be a new project starting in January.
However I can tell you that if you want to be successful with plants you need to concentrate on C02, fertilisers & flow with light being important but only an element to success.
With tanks upto 20'' deep 2 x T5s are just about perfect but even then you need to get the other aspects right.
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Posted: Dec 6 2011, 11:01 PM
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I don't want to go crazy with the plants. I'll be using all low light species, don't care to mess with CO2 at this time.

How much light would you recommend for a 75G with low light plants such as Anubis, java fern, ect.?
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Posted: Dec 7 2011, 07:40 AM
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2 x T8 for 7 hours a day.
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Posted: Dec 7 2011, 07:13 PM
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Just 2? 48"/32W?
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