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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 06-18-2013, 05:36 PM Thread Starter
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New 150 gallon planted with questions

I have a 150 gallon tank that is 48"w x 24"d x 30"h. I'm really new to the planted fish aquarium. I made mineralized soil capped with black sand. My lighting is what I have questions about. I have 2 beamswork 800's on the tank right now. I started with only one but some of the plants started to die so I figured I wasn't getting enough light penitration. I put a second one on the other day. A local fish member gave me some of his clippings, but I don't know what they are called. I don't know if the lights I have will do the trick or not. Here are the specs on the lights.

Dimension: 48" X 5" X 1"

174x HQ 0.1W LED (162x 10000K daylight, 12x 460nm Actinic)
1810 Lumen
Super slim housing in black finish.
2 mode ON / OFF power switch ( Full mode and lunar mode)
Extend-able bracket . 50" max lenght.
AC110-240V AC adapter
CE ceritifed.

I could use some help. Thanks
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 06-18-2013, 06:21 PM
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Biomarine, looks to me like the lighting is low. In the little bit of research I have done, the LED's should be 1W, not 0.1. W, especially trying to push 30-32" to the substrate. Depending o what you want t do with the tank, I think you need more light. The finnex ray 2 looks like a good light to me, but I am just starting with this, too.
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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 06-18-2013, 07:31 PM
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I have a Beamswork Hi-lumen 36" for a 36" X 18" X 24" high and I am sure my lighting is low, here is the specs, to give you something to compare :

I grow, limnophila sessiflora, egeria densa, crypts, which are doing great.

Hygrophila polysperma not doing great, growing but lower leaves falling, indicating the plant needs more light.

129x HQ 0.2W LED (121x 10000K daylight, 8x 460nm Actinic)
2410 lumens.

Note : mine is made of 0,2W leds and is somewhat more powerful.


Plants and algae grower.
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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 06-18-2013, 07:36 PM Thread Starter
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I don't think what I have is making it to the substrate. I have other tanks I can put these lights on. Some plants I've had for a week are starting to die and they are low light plants. I don't mind switching to t5ho. I just need to know what to get. Btw, I am not going to run c02 on this tank.
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