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Old 03-26-2015, 02:30 PM   #1
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led light planted 40b?


Which would be the best led light for a 40b planted i have some swords and crypts in the mid to back. I am currently running a quad T5ho with only two lights on at a time. 39w 36in quad oddysea T5ho. I am looking at the finnex planted+, finnex 24/7, current led+, up to other opinions as well. Really only need to light up the back half with good light.
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Old 03-26-2015, 04:16 PM   #2
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just keep what you have, its adequate for what you have planted. and the depth of the tank
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Old 03-26-2015, 06:01 PM   #3
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just keep what you have, its adequate for what you have planted. and the depth of the tank
The reason i am getting rid of it is its 3years old and the ballast on one set just went out and the other will follow soon. Also the lights are due for new bulbs and my led moon lights are out. It would not be worth the cost to fix. I would be looking at 30$ a ballast and bulbs with the led moons are over 100$ i can get a finnex planted plus for 110$
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The reason i am getting rid of it is its 3years old and the ballast on one set just went out and the other will follow soon. Also the lights are due for new bulbs and my led moon lights are out. It would not be worth the cost to fix. I would be looking at 30$ a ballast and bulbs with the led moons are over 100$ i can get a finnex planted plus for 110$

http://www.aquatraders.com/LED-Aquar...t-p/56426p.htm
This is about "2 bulbs" worth..
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The reason i am getting rid of it is its 3years old and the ballast on one set just went out and the other will follow soon. Also the lights are due for new bulbs and my led moon lights are out. It would not be worth the cost to fix. I would be looking at 30$ a ballast and bulbs with the led moons are over 100$ i can get a finnex planted plus for 110$

http://www.aquatraders.com/LED-Aquar...t-p/56426p.htm
This is about "2 bulbs" worth..
I saw that when i was looking to fixing mine up. Only reason i am weary is the way their customer service is non existence. Also if you buy it and somethings wrong you are out of luck. Where i know finnex and current have very good customer service.
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I saw that when i was looking to fixing mine up. Only reason i am weary is the way their customer service is non existence. Also if you buy it and somethings wrong you are out of luck. Where i know finnex and current have very good customer service.
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Old 03-27-2015, 03:26 AM   #7
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Would you say that would be 'medium' light?

Ok for no pressurized co2?
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Would you say that would be 'medium' light?

Ok for no pressurized co2?
I don't think it is "quite" medium, but fine for non-CO2 tanks..
There isn't a lot of reliable PAR data on the 1W versions..
@ $60 it is a pretty good start though..

DIY using quality emitters (and more than likely 2X more efficient) would cost like $160...

As I said, 2 bulbs worth which is not "medium" either..

http://www.aquatraders.com/LED-Aquar...t-p/56546p.htm

The 3W-ers are probably a good medium..
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Bumb anything else. I already have a light from aquatraders
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1w would be medium to high on a 40 breeder being only 18" tall. 3w without the lenses maybe but thats still really bright. if you plan on planting the whole tank your going to need a second fixture. one will be plently for now.

i have a 42x1w 36" beamworks fixture and it grows great down to 22" without the optics on it.
ill get a 40 br next week when petco puts them on there $1 a gallon sale.
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1w would be medium to high on a 40 breeder being only 18" tall. 3w without the lenses maybe but thats still really bright. if you plan on planting the whole tank your going to need a second fixture. one will be plently for now.

i have a 42x1w 36" beamworks fixture and it grows great down to 22" without the optics on it.
ill get a 40 br next week when petco puts them on there $1 a gallon sale.
Only actual PAR measurement would contradict that. Personally I believe that is a bit in error, or due to the partitioning of the light or placement of the sensor. anyways I don't think it is that bad. nor as high as you think..

(SNIP).. Finally realized (by my great reading comprehension) that the 1W PAR readings were for a 12 diode 1 row submersible bar.. AFAICT there are no easily found 3row 1W Led Beamswork PAR measurements

You know I never looked to see that that one is 1 row????

Part of it is what do we define as medium?



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I already have a light from aquatraders
Why aren't you using it?? Or getting another?..
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Old 03-27-2015, 03:19 PM   #12
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I do like this interpretation..
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A General Guideline

If you put five aquarists in a room and ask them to each define low light, medium light and high light you would no doubt get five completely different answers.

To help bring some sanity to the process of ordering light fixtures for your tank, we’ve created four freshwater light levels we believe are reasonably accurate definitions of what most freshwater aquarists think of when they talk about different light levels -- and what they use on their tanks. Because saltwater tanks tend to use much higher light levels we have created a separate set of definitions for saltwater use.
Freshwater Light Levels

Ultra High Light is usually only used for scientific or horticultural research purposes -- it is typically not advisable to use this light level in a freshwater home aquarium environment. If you believe you require this level of light e-mail us at: sales@buildmyled.com.

High Light. We define this as a level of light that can be used in heavily planted hi-tech tanks where CO2 injection is being used. In all conventional sizes of tank this level will provide the PAR needed by light hungry plants and, when used in conjunction with a fertilization schedule such as EI, CO2 injection and an appropriate photoperiod you will see thriving plants and high growth rates.

Medium Light. We define medium light as being most suitable for lo-tech planted tanks (with your preferred fertilization schedule) and soil tanks. The “medium” light level provides enough PAR that almost any plant will thrive -- though growth rates (speed) will be limited by the absence of the CO2 injection found in a hi-tech tank. That said, it is also perfectly acceptable to use medium light with CO2 injection -- in which case plant growth rates will be higher.

Viewing Light is for situations where the aquarium owner does not intend to use CO2 and wants an aquarium where they will be able to observe fish and easily grow lower light plants such as java fern, mosses and Anubias -- all of these should thrive under this light level.
now all we have to do is associate numbers w/ it..
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Old 03-27-2015, 03:19 PM   #13
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My T5HO odyssea is a aquatraders light. Nuff said they do not last and customer service is zip zilch zero. I will spend the money for warranty and customer service
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Old 03-27-2015, 03:22 PM   #14
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My T5HO odyssea is a aquatraders light. Nuff said they do not last and customer service is zip zilch zero. I will spend the money for warranty and customer service
I gave you an alternate on flee bay. topdogsellers is quite accommodating..
I'd probably never mention aquatraders but forum rules do not allow me to post alternates..
t5 quality is not LED quality..
BUT I do understand your POV...
I may not buy a Beamswork LED from aquatraders but it wouldn't stop me from buying one somewhere else.
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