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
tank: 36 x 16 x 20 high tank
filter 1200 lph internal
ceramic CO2 diffuser with 5lb cylinder.
the plant list is dominated by cryptocoryne species to which I have a large affinity.
c. balansae 'red'
c. wenditii tropica
c. cordata var cordata blassii
c. cordata "green"
c. willisi x lucens
anubias nana petite
hygro polysperma sunset
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.
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?