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post #4 of (permalink) Old 12-12-2012, 08:26 PM
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Originally Posted by coonass View Post
Hi everybody! I've been lurking here for a while, reading everything I can in preparation to make the jump from PCs to LEDs. I have a 180 gallon (72x24x24) all native Florida tank that I'm pretty sure is under-lit for the plants I want to grow. I once had six 96 watt power compacts from AHSupply that did the job. I'm now down to two and my wife will no longer allow me to purchase bulbs. I want enough light to keep Micrantheum on the bottom and keep Ludwigia and Cabomba red. I was recommended this kit:, which comes with 84 Luxeon ES 3 Watt LEDs. I plan to install the LEDs in a canopy 6 inches above the surface.

Is this overkill? Could I get by with fewer LEDs? My tank is low tech right now, but I may consider injecting CO2 in the future.

Also, could I get some recommendations on what LED colors and ratios to use?

Please help me out here. I'm so tired of watching my stem plants shoot to the surface.
Hi coonass,

Since you are familiar with the AH Supply PC kits did you check out their new LED lamp arrays?

75 Gallon, 2X55W AH Supply CF 8800K, 1XFluval F&P 2.0 48"/59W, 2X Marineland 350 Magnum filters; 45 Gallon Tall, 96Watt AH Supply CF 6700K, 1X Marineland 350 Magnum filter; 30 Gallon Long; Fluval F&P 2.0 36"/46W, Marineland C-220 filter; 20 Gallon, 1X26W AH Supply LED kit, Marineland C-160 filter; all with Press. CO2 and (Calcined) Montmorillonite Clay
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