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06-16-2013 01:37 AM
BarbH Londonloco I am using a finnex fugeray 48" fixture on my tank. They are one if the sponsors for the forum. Here is a link to their site http://www.finnex.net/index.php?page...mart&Itemid=61

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06-12-2013 11:02 PM
londonloco
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Originally Posted by BarbH View Post
I have been using leds on my 72 gallon and have been very pleased with them so far. Within the 6 weeks of first planting this tank I have what I feel is good growth on my plants, tank is low tech with dosing of excel 5ml less than recommended dosage) every other day. I am also using a good amount of floating plants to diffuse the light into the tank. So far I have had no issues with algae. The fixture that I am using us a finnex fugeray.

Here is a picture from when the tank was first planted
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Here is a picture I took this morning
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What LED fixture are you using?
06-06-2013 09:43 PM
Dx3Bash
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Originally Posted by shift View Post
Do u have a pic of your monster ray and finnex ray 2 pics. I'm curious to see them and the effect of the mix

Yes. I did a review and posted on YouTube.

06-06-2013 09:12 PM
flight50 I haven't jumped over to led myself yet but I am looking forward to it. I have been holding back for more positive results. More and more planted tankers are wanting to go led so the manufacturers are now making them for plant environment. Everyone here speaks highly of the Finnex Ray 2, the choice I was looking into for my builds. The positives here assure me that its a good investment. The price is fairly reasonable compared to majority of the leds on the market. I am sold.

Not looking at the price, led's seem like the way to go. They are slowly taking over lighting needs for much of the industries we deal with today. Considering the disadvantages of other lighting, you pretty much have. In the case of my intended builds, I will only have so many watts available between the two circuits my tanks will be on. Between 7 tanks I will need 10 light fixtures. It would be impossible to run my build using T5's, T8's or PC. I would have to decrease the number of tanks I can run, not cool. I think in 3-5 years led's will really take over in this hobby. They give great return for the money. Low heat, lower energy consumption and extended life, I can't complain.
06-06-2013 05:09 AM
posmlady So this is on ebay for sale and says they are for planted or reef tanks???

These LED strips come with a peel off back with 3M adhesive so you can apply to any surface. You may want to silicone along edges for extra security.

- Power supply included so you just stick to tank and plug it in. - Strip can be cut at every 3 inches (on cut lines) to fit any aquarium. - If you need more than 16 Feet you can simply wire 2 strips together. - Strip is completely WaterProof - LEDs put off about 5.5 lumens each and there is about 19 LEDs per Foot.


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06-05-2013 11:49 PM
shift If you have enough of them the strips will work. I made a diy led light using strips for my 5g
06-05-2013 02:33 PM
micheljq
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Originally Posted by posmlady View Post
What about the led string lights for planted tank
It is feasible but a lot of them are not very powerful one may have to put 5-6 strips of those to have decent lighting, depending on what strips are used.

But I saw that some have made diy with these.

Michel.
06-04-2013 11:48 PM
posmlady What about the led string lights for planted tank
06-04-2013 11:27 PM
pwolfe How's this for red?



At the time of this picture there was no iron dosing what so ever, just clearing that up first.

That is hygro kompakt, an typically emerald green plant. I now get the same results with hygro araguaia as well.

I find that if you want red's to come out, you want to be sure to use neutral whites in your build. Cool whites are great for green plants, but typically just don't bring out the reds well. As soon as I ramped up the intensity from my neutral whites, the reds just burst out.
06-04-2013 09:48 PM
wheeling Every LED is different. Many of them are weak on the red frequency, the plant may suffer in the long term.
06-04-2013 09:11 PM
Fishmommy
How many of you use LEDs for freshwater?

My red plants are staying really red so far with LEDs


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06-04-2013 09:11 PM
NWA-Planted
Re: How many of you use LEDs for freshwater?

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Originally Posted by rbtmccord View Post
I don't see any red plants the high light plants. I am still suspicious if the lighting from these is of proper spectrum and high enough par.
Par? Oh Yea some of these fixtures now a days can output some ridiculous par.

That being said the spectrum argument has some value

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06-04-2013 09:08 PM
rbtmccord
But all the plants in these tanks appear green

I don't see any red plants the high light plants. I am still suspicious if the lighting from these is of proper spectrum and high enough par.
06-01-2013 03:39 PM
BarbH
Re: How many of you use LEDs for freshwater?

I have been using leds on my 72 gallon and have been very pleased with them so far. Within the 6 weeks of first planting this tank I have what I feel is good growth on my plants, tank is low tech with dosing of excel 5ml less than recommended dosage) every other day. I am also using a good amount of floating plants to diffuse the light into the tank. So far I have had no issues with algae. The fixture that I am using us a finnex fugeray.

Here is a picture from when the tank was first planted
Attachment 151394

Here is a picture I took this morning
Attachment 151402

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06-01-2013 02:43 PM
Aquaticz I have both Ray II & T5HO on on three tanks (75,55,&40)
Makes for an awesome look. I did have to find the right photo period for each tank & have increased itover tme. Each tank is different. I also have two of the fuge rays on smaller tanks with no issues.
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