|04-02-2012 01:16 AM|
|frrok||What kind of lighting am I looking at if I use one of these 8w leds on a mini-m? according to the PAR graph at 12 inch its about 20-50 PAR. but goes up to 80 PAR at 6 inches. this is for a 12 x 9 area. the mini-M is 14 x 8. so it would be a couple of inches cut off... I want to replace my lighting soon but def want to find something more efficient and dont want to spend the $$ on a ADA light. I want med-high lighting because I will eventually add co2. Whats your experience with this light so far? thanks... btw, tank looks incredible.|
|03-15-2012 03:55 AM|
|shrimpnmoss||Those lights are sleek and sexy. I like them. Tempted.|
|03-15-2012 02:18 AM|
Time for an update. The Innovative Marine lights have been growing plants like nobody's business! The tank has never looked cleaner either. I do have a few small specs of BGA on the glass (you can see them if you look really close), but I have also not cleaned the glass in 2 whole months! Check it out:
|03-06-2012 08:00 PM|
|Uptown193||Nice tank and setup. I got the Belem HG since it does not grow fast like normal HG.|
|02-10-2012 04:06 PM|
|02-10-2012 04:04 PM|
|02-10-2012 03:08 AM|
|ADAtank||I really like the plant selection I think its going to grow out nice. Good move taking out the hairgrass.|
|02-10-2012 02:59 AM|
|oldpunk78||How do you like those LEDs?|
|02-10-2012 02:08 AM|
|endgin28||Looks really healthy. The foreground should come in clean. Nice work.|
|02-10-2012 12:52 AM|
Well, I actually pulled the hairgrass a couple weeks ago and planted glosso instead. The hairgrass takes over everything eventually - it even sent runners underneath the stones into the background, and it was a pain to trim it since it gets so tall. Sure, it looks good right after a trim, but it's not worth the hassle unless you're doing an iwagumi with only hairgrass, and very tall stones that won't get buried.
Here are new pics. I also replaced the T5HO light with a pair of Innovative Marine 8 watt LEDs. The glosso was just planted a couple weeks ago so now we wait for it to carpet...
|02-08-2012 01:27 AM|
|U2Kent||How's it look now? definitely considering hairgrass as a carpet in my 60p thanks to these shots.|
|12-09-2011 02:20 AM|
Some new pics after the trim:
|12-08-2011 10:15 PM|
|Storm||Yeah, the fixture has been working great, it's probably a bit too much light for me so I just unplugged one of the bulbs today. I really don't have many complaints about it - just know that it has a lot of plastic parts and it's not going to be ADA quality construction, but for the price, you really can't complain. It comes completely pre-assembled with bulbs installed already, and the plastic mounting arms in case you want to set it on the rim of your tank like I did.|
|12-08-2011 07:44 PM|
|12-07-2011 11:53 PM|
Thanks for all the kind words. I'll post a picture of the back soon, but it is not much to look at because it's just a bunch of really tall stem plants... I like it though because I can see the fish when they go back there to hide sometimes.
I did just add 2 Amanos in there a few days ago. They pretty much disappeared into the rotala forest and have been "cleaning the trees" for the most part. I haven't yet seen them munch on the cottony algae but maybe they just haven't gotten around to it.
I'm going to do a big trimming and water change tomorrow and I will try to clean all the algae out. Pics to come soon.
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