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High light for fluval ebi

Can anyone tell me how to achieve high light on a fluval ebi. Substrate is 2" deep. I'm currently using 2 finnex cfl fixtures with 2 26W 6500k GE cfl's. I feel like its not enough. But I'd like opinions.
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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 04-03-2013, 12:54 AM
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It's really up to your aesthetic preference and your budget because there are tons of options.

Do you want a clip-style fixture like you've got? CFL? CF? LED?
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I honestly don't care. I am just having the hardest time finding anything.
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If I could find a t5ho worth a damn for this size tank, I'd be all over that. LED is cool if its putting out more than 1800 lumens, mine are advertised at 16?? Lumens at the substrate, but it just doesn't look as bright as the ADA tanks I see on the web. I want that brightness.
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If you have tannins, they filter light. Your bulbs also seem to be layed sideways... You're losing a lot of power there as well.
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You can get a AJM reef LED fixture. Get it customized for FW planted and put the same configuration on each dimmer, then just turn one completely off. It will give you around 60W and you can choose the spectrum. I did for my 72 and I love them. See my recent thread for pictures of the fixture if you'd like.
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If you have tannins, they filter light. Your bulbs also seem to be layed sideways... You're losing a lot of power there as well.
No tannins, the issue I guess is that the plants look good, but not great, ya know. And what are the benefits of vertical lights. This is not the first time I've heard to turn them upward so this has to be something
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You can get a AJM reef LED fixture. Get it customized for FW planted and put the same configuration on each dimmer, then just turn one completely off. It will give you around 60W and you can choose the spectrum. I did for my 72 and I love them. See my recent thread for pictures of the fixture if you'd like.
I'll be checking that out.

Anyone have any idea how this lovely LED would do?

http://www.marinedepot.com/Kessil_A1...FILDLP-vi.html
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Rapidled Par 38 bulb would be a good choice.
Beyond that you could use the Led Flood lamps off of EBay. If you want high light I'd grab a 20watt led flood light and mount it somehow to the tank. LEDs can really pack a punch so watch out.
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