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Old 12-02-2012, 02:13 AM   #16
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I actually don't have too much surface agitation. There is some for sure and the shimmer is more pronounced there. If you have movement but not waves it will shimmer. I definitely do not have any splashing at the surface.

I will take some pictures tomorrow when the light is on and upload a video of the surface movement and shimmer.
My water is always lower then it should and mine shimmers like crazy. It's a nice effect.
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Old 12-02-2012, 02:30 AM   #17
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You know, I'd love to have a LED fixture for my 20L that would mimic the AQUASKY spectrum. I may need to get up with these folks. Their prices don't look bad at all and the customer service looks legit from the two reviews I've read.
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Old 12-02-2012, 02:56 AM   #18
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You know, I'd love to have a LED fixture for my 20L that would mimic the AQUASKY spectrum. I may need to get up with these folks. Their prices don't look bad at all and the customer service looks legit from the two reviews I've read.
For what you get the prices are incredible IMHO.

For example, replacement bulbs for my PC was going to run my ~100 bucks.
In addition to that it was costing me ~100 bucks to run my PC yearly.

I can easily justify purchasing a new fixture for my tank that does not need bulb changes and uses 1/4 the power.
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Old 12-02-2012, 07:37 PM   #19
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ronald,

I like my light hanging a little higher. Maybe like 10" above my tank and I have a 29gal and a 20 gal I have plans for to switch to LED setup. That being said, the footprint is approximately 30" in length and about 12" wide for both. Overall distance from the 10" overhang to the bottom of my substrate is about 26". Do you think they have something that would provide medium light that will enable me to grow all the stems that I am growing now? In your experience, what is the growth rate like compared to your older fixture?
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Old 12-03-2012, 02:19 AM   #20
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I like my light hanging a little higher. Maybe like 10" above my tank and I have a 29gal and a 20 gal I have plans for to switch to LED setup. That being said, the footprint is approximately 30" in length and about 12" wide for both. Overall distance from the 10" overhang to the bottom of my substrate is about 26". Do you think they have something that would provide medium light that will enable me to grow all the stems that I am growing now? In your experience, what is the growth rate like compared to your older fixture?
Growth rate has increased due to better spectrum for the plants. I would say 10% faster but that is by no means scientific analysis.

More importantly there is new growth on plants that originally wouldn't grow.

The addition of CO2 two weeks before the light also helped growth.

If you are raising it up you would want a more focused lens, that is my assumption at least.

I would rate these are med level of light from a visual point of view but the efficiency and performance would be closer to a high. IMHO.
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Old 12-03-2012, 03:41 AM   #21
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ronald,
since both my tanks are 30" in length, they do not have a 30" as a standard length LED light. I went to the website and looked at the pricing for the 24" and 36". Seems like the 24" is way cheaper than 36". Say, if I order 2 24" lights vs if I order 1 36" light, the difference between them is only $10. From my quick observation, the pricing seem to favor a shorter length.

Hmmmm..... Something more for me to think about.

Also, do you have approximate PAR data for your LED light? I know its a little too much for me to ask for this info, but I figure that you may have that data from your research and communication with the seller. If so, can you please share it with us?
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since both my tanks are 30" in length, they do not have a 30" as a standard length LED light. I went to the website and looked at the pricing for the 24" and 36". Seems like the 24" is way cheaper than 36". Say, if I order 2 24" lights vs if I order 1 36" light, the difference between them is only $10. From my quick observation, the pricing seem to favor a shorter length.

Hmmmm..... Something more for me to think about.

Also, do you have approximate PAR data for your LED light? I know its a little too much for me to ask for this info, but I figure that you may have that data from your research and communication with the seller. If so, can you please share it with us?
They have the data on the website, PAR is not the full story.
Look at the radiometric watts section when you configure your 24".

I would definitely go with dual 24's then you can select one to be freshwater planted and the other to be the freshwater show. You also can use two diff lenses to light the bottom and top of the tank.

Hope this helps.

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I have two 48 inch of the Show Tank Fixtures coming today!!! They will be mounted (hopefully by me) a foot above the tank- suspended from the ceiling.
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I have two 48 inch of the Show Tank Fixtures coming today!!! They will be mounted (hopefully by me) a foot above the tank- suspended from the ceiling.
Very nice! Looking forward to pictures and your initial thoughts on the Show Tank version. What lens did you get on each of them?
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So far everything is amazing with the BuildMyLED fixture. Getting a lot of PMs about it. Build quality is amazing. Performance is top notch. No issues or problems to report on. I need to balance out my ferts to get some algae growth under control. Much better than the Power Compacts I was running before.
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glad to hear this. I'll be ordering two 36".

I'm tempted to order one now to toss on my 20g long for the time being.
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Is there any options of dimming?

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Is there any options of dimming?

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they have a dimmer available.
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just ordered the 36" show plant light with dimmer to toss on my 20g long for the time being.
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have you noticed the fade up to max brightness before shutting off when unplugging the fixture?

Did you get the dimmer as well?
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