Been reading up a lot about LED lighting for a standard 210g by All Glass Aquariums. Supposedly better penetration than T5s and generally cheaper in the (really) long haul.
I want to be able to do pretty much any plant as far as lights go. Fertilizers will probably be regular, CO2 done if I can remember. I'd like to use substrate heating and regular beach sand mixed in with red clay.
Heres the kicker:
Ideally this would be a DIY project, CREE XM-Ls (10w) with 2 different color temps, 3 dimmable drivers. I'm still early in researching how the LED setups work but I heard that this is the place to go.
Now a couple questions (you knew it was coming):
1. How much wattage am I looking at from these LEDs? Lumens are higher for LED vs. T5 as well as PAR, but are there any rough ratios?
2. Will I be able to grow high light plants? I know they require around 60-70 PAR max (right?).
3. Has anyone got a 210g running with LEDs, DIY or not? What are your results looking like?
Thanks for all the help guys!