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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 01-21-2013, 11:26 PM Thread Starter
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Semi DIY LED setup on 55g-Home Depot 5000k led bulbs

I wanted to post some quick pictures of my new setup since I've had it up and running for a month or so and very pleased so far.

The lights are these:

Fixtures are simple clamp lights with the clamps removed and using the same clasps that hold on the clamp to secure it to the conduit. Conduit, clamp lights and bulbs ran me about $90 bucks all in.

I'll be happy to share more details if anyone is interested.

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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 01-22-2013, 12:15 AM
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That looks really nice. I was just at Lowes looking at those bulbs. Is 5000k good enough for a low tech setup? And do they have to be so high above the water?
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post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old 01-22-2013, 12:15 AM
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I would keep photoperiod low (8hrs) to allow plants time to acclimate roots and to reduce algea activity.

I am using the same LEDs, and like the lumens, but like all LEDSs they're focused into a relatively narrow beam.
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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 01-22-2013, 12:23 AM Thread Starter
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My goal is to be low tech, but I have no idea where this would fit on the par meter. I raised them so high to get a good spread, as the above poster mentioned they do have a somewhat narrow beam.

I'm growing mostly low light stuff, crypts (petchii, wendtii, lutea, balansae-just planted), java fern, and anubias nana. My DHG belem seems to be doing well, but I did dry start it under a different light. I also have a beautiful red Tiger Lotus in there that is really taking off.

Fish are 3 Angels, 2 long finned GBRs, 20 WCMM, 4 otos, and a lonely BN pleco. I'm more going to add 4 more otos when I can find them.

Oh, and I also have some frog bit.
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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 03-25-2013, 02:43 AM
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Can we get an update on how things are going?

Looking into doing this setup for my 40 Breeder
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