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Leaky Filter 12-06-2012 02:09 PM

Catalina T5 + LED for Planted Aquariums
Has anyone had any experience with this light?

It looks like it will run T5 or T5HO with individual switches. In other words, the sky is the limit on lighting intensity and duration. With some fancy timer work, a nearly dawn to dusk cycle would be possible, extending the amount of time that my aquarium would be lit.

I'm also wondering if a simmer effect would be washed out by the T5 lights. Obviously, T5HO+LED would be a little much, but I'm thinking T5NO+LED would be okay with adequate ferts and C02.

Leaky Filter 12-09-2012 07:03 PM

Nobody? I may try it out just to see what happens.

TexasCichlid 12-09-2012 07:20 PM

I'd just run a Finnex Ray II if you are looking for higher light levels.

Rev_jim_jones 12-10-2012 02:21 PM


Originally Posted by TexasCichlid (Post 2104476)
I'd just run a Finnex Ray II if you are looking for higher light levels.

With timers and each T5 on a separate Cord you could simulate something especially if you use T5NO in them. The Question I Would ask would be about the possibility of using a dimmer with the LED portion as the vast majority of the light is going to come from them and if they are FULL on/Full off it defeats the purpose that you are thinking of using the light for.

TexasCichlid 12-10-2012 02:30 PM

I guess if he really wants dusk/dawn simulation for aesthetic reasons, he can go the route he first mentioned.

Leaky Filter 12-10-2012 04:33 PM

More importantly, I'd rather have the lights on rather than off, but full on is too much light and everything off is boring. I think that dimmable LEDs are great, but we still have a few years to go. Call me a fair weather aquarium nerd, but I have one display tank that's in the middle of my living area, so I go for more plug-and-go.

TexasCichlid 12-10-2012 06:06 PM

How many hours a day are you home/wanting to view the tank?

Rev_jim_jones 12-10-2012 07:27 PM

IF that is the case you need to match the T5's to the LEDs. I tend to use my4xT5 to get a good color mix that is pleasing to my eye.....but that is just me.
I will go LED eventually, Later...

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