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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 03-04-2017, 07:32 AM Thread Starter
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Multiple tank lighting woes.

After a several year break 1 tank has quickly turned into 7 and I have a somewhat shameful collection of random lights happening and I'm not super happy with any of them. I'm missing the old simple combination of pink and daylight fluorescents.

So here's what I have happening tank by tank, I'll try to keep it brief (ha!)

60 gallon living room display tank:
Lights of america led shoplight.
Plenty bright,low light plants are growing like weeds, medium light are slower. No algae.
The color is not pretty though, too yellow. I've considered trying a red/blue led grow strip between the led tubes?

29 gallon living room display tank with planted plus 24/7.
It was trucking along great for many months but the plants have stalled I'm now staying on my Co2 levels and remembering to dose ferts. I also just stole the beamswork fspec from my 20 long to try a midday burst.

20 gallon long: Beamswork fspec and recently a Tetra hidden light stick ziptied to the fixture to add some warmer daylight tones.
This is my favorite tank but also so frustrating! Pygmy Cory, Boraras, RCS, awesome spider wood, dwarf 4 leaf clover carpet, AR mini and all sorts of algae. It is playsand and a white background, the Fspec somehow washes everything out.

I stuck my ancient t8 Aquaray on it tonight and wow, the AR and Boraras were super red!

20 tall with odds and ends. Low light plants, two dwarf puffers, various household daylight Led in clamps, all of them are meh.

55 soon to be 75 goldfish, also odds and ends. I just ordered them a beamswork but accidentally got the cichlid instead of daylight. It's a little too blue but nothing horrible.

5.5 Betta, desk lamp, not really working great. I picked up a mainstays led clip that is currently on brine shrimp, I might try it tomorrow.

12 inch bubble bowl, red/white/blue eBay clip light, its fine.

3.5 halfmoon: Tetra stick and stock leds from my 29 superglued to the lid. Actually looks great, greens are varied and my lavender rosetail Betta looks awesome.

I'm working on a row of double stands before the next dollar a gallon sale so that I can consolidate most of my tanks downstairs in the den, I'm hoping to get several 40 breeders and 20 longs to make things more uniform.

I'd also like to reduce the amount of lights plugged in or at least not have random stuff on top of them.
But I'm also working cheap.

Pendants or track lights maybe? But then I'm back to obsessing over bulbs and wishing we had the reef type floods.

I'm tempted to just go with Sunblasters and be done, but I do love the led shimmer.
I'm somewhat handy so that helps :/
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