LED lighting worth the $$$$
i honestly think they're blowing the competition away with the pricing.[/quote]
They definitely have the customization aspect down, but IMO they cater for smaller/shallower tanks. For someone wanting more intensity they lack in that department and to get the intensity you have to buy more fixtures which brings up the cost. If they had wattage options that would be great.
I've seen some folks chime in saying that LEDs are not proven to grow plants, or that LEDs can't grow red plants. I have attached a couple of photos. The first photo is from 10 days ago, shortly after I switched from a Finnex Ray II to a Finnex Fugeray ( lower light ) on my 60p. I switched because I got tired of trimming 300+ stems of blyxa every month and a half or so. The second and third photos are from a few minutes ago. Normally I clean the tank, replant stauro that has come up and do some trimming before snapping pictures, but I felt I needed to post this. You can see that my plants are STILL growing great, despite having half the PAR as the Ray II. I also added some ludwigia red I had laying around to grow out as an experiment in my tank. You can clearly see that LEDs grow red plants fine, especially considering my tank is not high light anymore. The very last photo is from before my last trim.
While I do not agree with anyone that says LED cannot grow plants since that's ridiculous. What I do agree with is that it cannot make colors pop like pop like a T5HO can. Not to mention optimizing even further is next to nil without a lot of work.
Your tank and plants look very nice and healthy, so props for that, but the plant you are showing is naturally a true Red plant and as you've said the tank is only 14in H.
Ludwigia Repens X Arciata and a plant I don't even consider a Red Plant:
from my iP5 via Tapa 2
The 穀精 Junkie
Last edited by mrkookm; 02-23-2013 at 02:20 PM.