120g BML question
Planted Tank Forums
Your Tanks Image Hosting *Tank Tracker * Plant Profiles Fish Profiles Planted Tank Guide Photo Gallery Articles

Go Back   The Planted Tank Forum > Sponsors > Build My LED


Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 12-12-2013, 07:42 PM   #1
angelcraze
Planted Member
 
angelcraze's Avatar
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Aug 2013
Location: Gatineau
Posts: 184
Default

120g BML question


So the footprint of my tank measures 5' by 1 1/2". The height is 26". I have not scaped the tank yet, so placement of plants and hills are undetermined and open. Basically, I do not run co2 yet (may in the future) but I was wondering if I should go with a 60" fixture w/ a dimmer, or 48" hanging fixture? I was looking for medium to high light, provided the algae doesn't get out of control (I just wanted nice reds here and there)

PS-I also have a 90g (48" long) that I was maybe one day considering switching to BML.

I just wanted an opinion on my best option.

Last edited by angelcraze; 12-13-2013 at 03:21 AM.. Reason: wrong dimension
angelcraze is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 12-18-2013, 04:47 PM   #2
Cara@BML
Sponsor
 
Cara@BML's Avatar
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Nov 2013
Location: Austin, TX
Posts: 57
Default

Hi Angelcraze,

If you're aiming for medium light (maybe medium-high, you're right between the two), a single 60" fixture with a 90-degree beam angle should work fine, but if you want high light I definitely recommend two 60" fixtures and a dimmer. This is a very deep tank, so I'd mount any fixtures directly on the rims of the tank rather than hanging them...you're paying a premium for light, so you want to lose as little as possible.

I highly recommend running pressurized CO2 on the tank if you add two fixtures; without it you'll likely deal with algae issues from so much light.

Let me know if you have any further questions!

Cara
Cara@BML is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT. The time now is 10:00 AM.


Powered by vBulletin®
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright Planted Tank LLC 2012