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04-02-2012 12:16 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 02:55 AM
shrimpnmoss Those lights are sleek and sexy. I like them. Tempted.
03-15-2012 01:18 AM
Storm 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 07:00 PM
Uptown193 Nice tank and setup. I got the Belem HG since it does not grow fast like normal HG.
02-10-2012 03:06 PM
Originally Posted by oldpunk78 View Post
How do you like those LEDs?
So far they are pretty nice. I like the clean look, and the coverage with 2 of them is decent for a 60P. They give med-high light for a 24"x9" section of the tank. The one drawback is that the 60P is 24"x12". For me, this is ok, because the background grows too fast anyway and those rotalas don't really need high light. So, I aimed them at the front 9" of the tank and they have pretty good coverage. The temperature is 10K though, so they are a little white for my taste. Not blue though, but my sakura cherry shrimp lost some of their red coloring with the new light.
02-10-2012 03:04 PM
Originally Posted by endgin28 View Post
Looks really healthy. The foreground should come in clean. Nice work.
Thanks! This picture was right before a trim of the background. I'm looking forward to a nice glosso carpet.
02-10-2012 02:08 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 01:59 AM
oldpunk78 How do you like those LEDs?
02-10-2012 01:08 AM
endgin28 Looks really healthy. The foreground should come in clean. Nice work.
02-09-2012 11:52 PM
Storm 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 12:27 AM
U2Kent How's it look now? definitely considering hairgrass as a carpet in my 60p thanks to these shots.
12-09-2011 01:20 AM
Storm Some new pics after the trim:

12-08-2011 09:15 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 06:44 PM
Originally Posted by Storm View Post
It's a Fishneedit 2x24 T5HO fixture. It costs $64.99 with bulbs at Overall it's a decent fixture, but it is a bit cheaply made and the quality is not that great. It's been working ok for me though, and it would probably be good for the 33.6 gallon Mr Aqua.
Does it seem it will be breaking down at some point soon? Or is it already having issues with working currently.. I may be interested in it, it's well priced. Has it been the right power for you to grow most all plants so far? It came pre assembled for the most part right? Thanks!
12-07-2011 10:53 PM
Storm 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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