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Old 03-21-2014, 11:54 PM   #16
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Hello Johnson 18. Your lights are the same spec they recommended for me. I will be checking out your riparium tank journal.

This is for Cara. The XB spectrum report is for a planted tank. When will the software be available for a hort purposes?
Ken, The BML has been hung. I need to take a few more pictures then I will have an update in the tank journal up sometime this evening. I just got new bulbs for the T5HO over that tank a month ago and everything has been growing like crazy. I'm excited to compare that to the growth under this new light over the next month.
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Old 03-22-2014, 01:35 AM   #17
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Ooh. Cannot wait to see the new fixture in operation.
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Old 03-25-2014, 07:05 PM   #18
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I have a few Orchids that I wintered inside and they weren't very happy about it. Going to look in to getting an LED system for my 55g that will house them. I have a smaller 12" BML unit on my aquarium and want to go with another for this. Looking forward to seeing how these work out for you guys.

I don't have quite the collection you do KenP...yet. Looking to pick a few more up though. You buy yours on line or somewhere local?
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Old 03-26-2014, 12:54 AM   #19
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Howze01 are you from NJ? Buy the orchids Online and local. Check out deep cut orchid society. We meet in tinton falls. June 6-8 odchid festival at silva orchids. Lot of good vendors.
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Old 03-27-2014, 01:28 PM   #20
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Yes, KenP, I am in Bridgewater. I go to the DCOS show every year for the past 4 years or so and that's where I have gotten most of my plants. One of my friends is in Rutgers now going for a Plant Science degree and he has a ton of Orchids. Have gotten a few from him too.

Will check out the Orchid Festival for sure. Thanks. Would love to join DCOS and go to meetings but Tinton Falls is a bit of a drive for me. Will check it out though.
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Old 03-31-2014, 06:35 PM   #21
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Hi everyone,

Here's some pics I took at the orchid show of the Orchid Spectrum over a sampling of orchids (apparently I am incapable of visiting an orchid show and not buying any). Neither pic has any post-processing but the second one is underexposed to keep that high bloom from being blown out due to proximity of the light, so it's a little bit more saturated than it looked in real life.



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Old 04-02-2014, 07:33 PM   #22
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Wow! They look great under those lights! I love the little Tolumnia! I picked one up about 2 months ago and its been blooming ever since. Really think I need one of these lights for next winter...
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Old 04-03-2014, 12:04 AM   #23
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Cara, What i found interesting is that Tolumnia will reblume from the old flower stalk. Not sequential but a rebloomer. The first picture, the orchid on the right, Dendrobium? Which specie?
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Old 04-05-2014, 05:23 PM   #24
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Nick / Cara,

I am starting out on research and hoping that you can help me out. I noticed your multi-bar fixtures that sell for around $999. So at the moment I have a 3 foot by 3 foot custom aquarium sitting empty in my living room. I would like to perhaps put some potted plants in there such as orchids and other various things that can be found at HomeDepot (still a beginner to potted plants). I pretty much want terrestrial plants that do not require a ton of humidity or water...just regular potted plants. Anyway, after checking out the multi bar fixtures I would like to know whether I would need all 6 strips or can they be made with less? Also, what about the color spectrum? I am not sure if I would want full red light in my living room since my neighbors will think that something crazy is going on. What would you recommend? Does this light come with the hanging kit? Any advice is appreciated.


I previously ran the tank with 3 regular finnex LED lights and it did fairly well. Would I really need 6 that come with the kit? Or is it wise in case I ever want to expand my collection?



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Hi HF. Thanks for the questions. I think the SYPDR 600 is overkill, as it is used to deliver very high PAR levels in greenhouse applications :-) It sounds like you are mainly concerned with 1) keeping the plants happy and 2) enjoying the colors on your plants. Is this correct? Do you have any mounting height constraints on the lights? Ideally, how high above the plants would you want to hang the lights?

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Hi HF. Thanks for the questions. I think the SYPDR 600 is overkill, as it is used to deliver very high PAR levels in greenhouse applications :-) It sounds like you are mainly concerned with 1) keeping the plants happy and 2) enjoying the colors on your plants. Is this correct? Do you have any mounting height constraints on the lights? Ideally, how high above the plants would you want to hang the lights?

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What's up Nick. I guess you are right, the SPYDR would definitely be overkill in my living room.

1. I just want to keep plants colored up and happy. Regular house plants with nothing fancy but might upgrade the plants in the future to some orchids (not sure yet). Would like a nice warm color, probably less than 6500k.

2. The tank stand does have two poles where the light hangs from so all I would need is a hanging kit (first pic shows this). Not sure on the ceiling height but it's fairly high. I can have the light mounted as high as 4-5 feet from the top of the tank. Ideally would probably like 3 feet from the top of the tank (tank is 16 inches high I think).

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Old 04-11-2014, 08:42 PM   #27
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Hi HF. Since you are going to mount the lights 3' above the tank, I would probably use the 24" fixtures (since light spreads with distance). If we used 3' fixtures, lots of the light would miss the tank. I think three 24" fixtures in the Custom Orchid spectrum would be really nice. You can see the color in post #21 above. It is a mix of 6500K and Deep Red LEDs.

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Hi HF. Since you are going to mount the lights 3' above the tank, I would probably use the 24" fixtures (since light spreads with distance). If we used 3' fixtures, lots of the light would miss the tank. I think three 24" fixtures in the Custom Orchid spectrum would be really nice. You can see the color in post #21 above. It is a mix of 6500K and Deep Red LEDs.

Nick
Hey...where do I find them on the website? I checked and couldn't locate so I can do some price comparisons.
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Here you go :-) The prices are on this page (which is where we configure custom spectrum lights) http://www.bmlcustom.com/custom-led-strip/

Here is the custom orchid spectrum:

http://www.bmlcustom.com/custom-repo...AATAAAAAAATAAA

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Here you go :-) The prices are on this page (which is where we configure custom spectrum lights) http://www.bmlcustom.com/custom-led-strip/

Here is the custom orchid spectrum:

http://www.bmlcustom.com/custom-repo...AATAAAAAAATAAA

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Thank you. This is great.
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