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post #16 of 22 (permalink) Old 10-07-2012, 07:04 PM
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I dont know the par data but I had great success growing a lot of things in my spec v with the stock LED lighting.
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post #17 of 22 (permalink) Old 10-09-2012, 03:38 AM
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The light sucks ime. But it's good for low light plants.
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post #18 of 22 (permalink) Old 10-09-2012, 03:58 AM
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Here's mine that's been setup about 2 months (probably about the same yours has been setup now). Stock light, no ferts, recently switched from caribsea sand to ecocomplete. Swords are doing fantastic. The roots were about 6 inches long when I pulled them out and the total size of each plant has doubled since planting. The microswords are growing quite slowly but still look great. Java moss on the driftwood is a more recent addition and seems to be growing. Only snails, copepods, and scuds inhabiting at the moment.

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post #19 of 22 (permalink) Old 10-09-2012, 05:40 PM
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I just set my Spec up last night so the water is still cloudy in the picture. I have added 2 ecoxotic 8k stunner strips to the standard stock lighting in case I want to grow higher light plants. I currently have no idea what livestock or plants I plan on putting in the tank!
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post #20 of 22 (permalink) Old 12-09-2012, 10:50 PM
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Like your set up and plant variety. Lets see some updates. I too am curious about the amount of growth with stock lights. I put up an older aquatic life but its quite an eyesore as I bought the tank for its sleekness

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post #21 of 22 (permalink) Old 12-31-2012, 08:40 AM
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Nice tanks! I got one for Christmas. :-) I came here looking for info on the stock lighting. What I have are Marimo Tree w/ Mopani Wood, Dwarf Hairgrass and Seriyu Rocks. Right after the video, I got a plant, but no name for it.
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post #22 of 22 (permalink) Old 01-29-2013, 08:52 PM
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I've had this tank going since last June... the lilly on the right and the sword in the back left have been in there since day 1.

I don't know much about lighting, but I've never had a plant die, and most of them grew from bulbs I got a petco a few months ago... it actually seems to be overgrown every week or two.

I leave the lights on for 10-12 hours a day, so I don't know if that's why they're doing so well.

I came across this post while searching for LED options for a second 16 gallon bow front tank I'm getting because I like the LED's on my spec so much...
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