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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 08-09-2011, 08:33 PM Thread Starter
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My LED lit 50 gallon

So I finally did it! I decided to replace my t5 HO hagen glo strip (2 x 39watt) and 2 x 12 watt par 38 led bulbs with some Vertex Illumilux LED strips. I chose one 90cm Dolce Rosso which is essentially a warmer tone of white. and one 90cm Marino Bianco (50 / 50 mix of white and royal blue). when the two combine it makes for a very warm light that penetrates far better than my previous setup.

the tank is about 2.5 weeks old at this point
specs are

tank: 36 x 16 x 20 high tank
filter 1200 lph internal
rena heater
ceramic CO2 diffuser with 5lb cylinder.

the plant list is dominated by cryptocoryne species to which I have a large affinity.
c. balansae
c. balansae 'red'
c. parva
c. wenditii tropica
c. petchi
c. lutea
c. cordata var cordata blassii
c. cordata "green"
c. willisi x lucens
vallisneria tiger
anubias coffeefolia
anubias nana petite
Crepidomanes auriculatum
weeping moss
ludwigia inclinata
hygro polysperma sunset
echinodorus vesuvius
limnophila sessiliflora
ludwigia repens
lilaeopsis mauritiana
asian water grass


a little too many plants in there, but the plan is / was to remove stems as the crypts grow in.

here are a few pics:

installing the 12mm moutning brackets



the tank at 12 days old with the old lighting.


and after


after a trim of the fast growers that are in there temporarily


shot showing the 2 x 3 watt cree led groupings


one of the female apisstogramma borelli giving me the evil eye



and the tank as of last night



I'm most excited about these lights ... i cannot wait to see how this tank grows in!


as a side note this fish was sold to me as "junior tetras' i have around 12 of them the males are red in colour while the females are this yellow sheen... any help?


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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 08-10-2011, 03:30 AM
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Interesting. Please let us know how the plants are doing. Perhaps monthly?
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What about the color of the light. Don't you think it's a bit too blue?
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Time for an update here

don't mind the filamentous algae, it sprung up whilst i was away for a week and my tank sitter was not exactly a hobbyist. these photos were taken after a heavy prune to them stem plants and uprooting the majority of the lilaeopsis and planted some glosso. I have added and moved a few plants around to let the aquascape flesh out a little more

FTS


a side view


Cypt. Balansae 'brown'


"junior" tetras these guys are a mystery to me never seen them before and little if any info on them. Any help?




an unknown species of cory I have been too lazy to ID


one of the Axelrodi cories


a quick pic of the rainbowfish tank after a heavy pruning



and a sneak peek at a new LED project tank. a rimless 10 gallon for PFR shrimp


one of the shrimps
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What about the color of the light. Don't you think it's a bit too blue?
it is a little blue ... i am actually contemplating exchanging it for a cool white fixture
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The plants don't seem to mind it's blue, it's grown in nicely and the new lights are way brighter than the old. I like your Crypt list and am a fan, with six of my own the Cypt. Balansae 'brown' is nice. I'd start pulling that algae out by hand and if you think it's Cladophora algae Amano shrip will eat it if there is nothing else to feed on and you need more than a few shrimp.

It looks good and keep up the good work.
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The plants don't seem to mind it's blue, it's grown in nicely and the new lights are way brighter than the old. I like your Crypt list and am a fan, with six of my own the Cypt. Balansae 'brown' is nice. I'd start pulling that algae out by hand and if you think it's Cladophora algae Amano shrip will eat it if there is nothing else to feed on and you need more than a few shrimp.

It looks good and keep up the good work.
that's exactly what i have been doing! they are WAY brighter lights. If i feel so inclined I may do a slight rescape tonight.
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mini update, moved some stuff around yadda yadda






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