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Has anyone used these lights and had success with planted tanks? How would I mount them? I plan on having them mounted on my wall hovering over my tank. The ones I see for aquariums are meant for reef setups and are expensive. I'm wondering if i can use the flood lights they sell at Lowe's. I have 2 planted tanks that req med to high light.
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post #3 of 10 (permalink) Old 06-29-2013, 07:27 AM
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affordable can be different for two people.

when i was shopping for LED's, my budget was $300.
i went with a fixture from buildmyled.
they just started the build and i should be receiving it shortly.

if you tell us more about what kind of tank you have and a price range, i'm sure someone would be willing to help you. there's also a thread floating around with par values for led's somewhere.

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Has anyone used these lights and had success with planted tanks? How would I mount them? I plan on having them mounted on my wall hovering over my tank. The ones I see for aquariums are meant for reef setups and are expensive. I'm wondering if i can use the flood lights they sell at Lowe's. I have 2 planted tanks that req med to high light.
This is led household bulbs, you could do something similar with par bulbs i think.
http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/at...6&d=1363547338

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Here's a bad photo of my setup. It's a 58 gallon with two par38 bulbs from Lowes. Had to raise the lights because I was getting alot of algae even with CO2.
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awesome gooseneck mounts. where did you find those?

PAR bulbs come in a variety of color temperatures so try to get those with 6500k or thereabouts.

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If i remember correctly, I got the mounts from coral compulsion. The bulbs are supposedly 5000k.
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here is my led grow/flood light



its installed on a desk lamp with a swing arm so the light could be adjusted to face nearly any direction.

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Single leds don't provide enough red light plants need for optimal growth.
And it will skew how colors of flora and fauna appear.
See here http://www.ledwaves.com/About-Color-Temperature.html
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oh where can you buy those types of gooseneck holders that clip onto your tank?
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