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JonWF 01-10-2013 09:38 PM

Best LEDs for ADA 180P to Hang 16 inches above surface
 
Tank is 6' x 2' x 2'. Will be an Amano wanna-be setup with "grass like" bottom and sparse plants on a piece of driftwood.

Fixtures will be suspended about 18 inches above the water surface.

I want lights that can deliver PAR down to the bottom of the tank.

I was going to buy 4 Marineland 36" LED Aquatic Plant Lighting System Fixtures and run them in 2 "strips" across the tank. I am thinking these because they seem well made, come in 6500k temp and are available at my LFS or easily online.

I see there are a ton of options out there but am not sure whether any are agreed to be best in class. I am not going to DIY.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. I promise to post pics as i get underway.

xmas_one 01-10-2013 09:48 PM

I'd go with ati t5hos on something like that. Check out plantbrains setup, I think his are dimmable too.

Green_Flash 01-10-2013 10:03 PM

check out the radion pro, maxspect razor 8k, ghl mitras, hyperion etc

(btw a 180p sounds sweet :))

IWANNAGOFAST 01-10-2013 10:40 PM

I would go for the finnex ray2's far and above better than the marineland lights.

BUT, if money ain't no thang, go for the ecotech radion or aquaillumination vega color.

HD Blazingwolf 01-12-2013 06:28 PM

ATI light fixture with dimmcomputer

dimmable with 10 set points per bulb.. best class t5 fixture on the market, hands down and up. the REEF guys will agree and they know alllllll about the lights, we are just catching on here recently

pwolfe 01-12-2013 07:28 PM

I'm voting razor 8k or radions

styxx 01-12-2013 09:58 PM

Fascinating!
 
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Originally Posted by JonWF (Post 2204994)
Tank is 6' x 2' x 2'. Will be an Amano wanna-be setup with "grass like" bottom and sparse plants on a piece of driftwood.

Fixtures will be suspended about 18 inches above the water surface.

I want lights that can deliver PAR down to the bottom of the tank.

I was going to buy 4 Marineland 36" LED Aquatic Plant Lighting System Fixtures and run them in 2 "strips" across the tank. I am thinking these because they seem well made, come in 6500k temp and are available at my LFS or easily online.

I see there are a ton of options out there but am not sure whether any are agreed to be best in class. I am not going to DIY.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. I promise to post pics as i get underway.

Sounds like you're trying to undertake pursing a version of my aquarium (90P) in my signature below? Check out my LED fixtures...

JonWF 01-16-2013 11:03 PM

Thanks Styxx. How do the GroBeams compare in PAR to the Radions etc? I like the lack of fan and noise on yours.

IWANNAGOFAST 01-17-2013 08:00 PM

The fan noise is imperceptable on the radions, plus for a planted tank you won't be running the LEDs at a strength high enough to really need the fans.

n00dl3 01-17-2013 09:29 PM

What about 3x kessil a150w amazon sun?

Jeff5614 01-17-2013 10:10 PM

Anyone mention TrueLumen Pro's?

http://www.current-usa.com/aquarium-...ed-striplights

CJKlok 01-18-2013 12:07 AM

Then there is always the option of custom building your own.

A year ago I set up an odd shaped nano aquarium - 12" x 12" footprint but 24"deep. To get sufficient light penetration down through 21 to 23 inches of water column I built a light using a combination of CREE x-pg and x-ml LED units. Plant growth has been explosive. Specifically my photon hungry carpet plants at the bottom loves it - I get pearling within an hour of the CREE x-ml's kicking in.
The latest batch of CREE x-ml LEDs can push out 1000 lumens per unit, and their prices dropped significantly - $6 to $8 a piece. These are available in cool white (~8000 K), neutral white (~6500 K) and warm white (~5000 K). Mix these up to your preference and you'll probably end up with a better light than you can buy commercially.

Of course this DIY approach does require some electronics and electrical skills...

Pugman 01-26-2013 03:40 AM

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I have to turn my 1st gen Radions down to 40%. I ended up pulling my DHG out because it grew too fast. Razors are nice but the don't communicate to each other so the sunrise and sunset feature won't be as cool.

Assassynation 01-26-2013 06:06 AM

Awesome!!! more pix please...

Pugman 01-26-2013 04:12 PM

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Originally Posted by Assassynation (Post 2354218)
Awesome!!! more pix please...

This is not my thread. Do a 180p search.


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