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Koval 156 LED enough for high tech?

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Wondering if this light is enough for a high tech 12" deep tank. I already have it but getting worried that it's not enough because I haven't seen it mentioned on this forum. Link and Specs are below:

https://www.amazon.com/KOVAL-Aquarium-Extendable-Brackets-50-Inch/dp/B00OY7OQAA?SubscriptionId=AKIAI2PJEDVTTEI2UB4A&tag =saltwaterfishtanks-20&linkCode=xm2&camp=2025&creative=165953&creative ASIN=B00OY7OQAA

156 bright LEDs with 5 colors, full spectrum LEDs and makes phycophyta vivid



1)White LEDs: 132pcs(8000K,0.1w)
2)Blue LEDs: 12pcs(460nm, 0.1W)
3)Green LEDs: 4pcs(500nm, 0.97W)
4)Pink LEDs: 4pcs (465nm, 0.1W)
5)Red LEDs: 4pcs (625nm, 0.08W)
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Well one good thing is it looks like they publish "real" led emitter watts..except I have a hard time w/ 1W green..so roughly 15W of LED's..
w/out PAR measurements it is hard to tell and usually sub .3W emitters have weak output (by def really) but for a 12" tank shouldn't be too bad..

Get a lux meter app for a camera and measure that at 12" (on land of course).. divide by 47
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By curiosity we took reading along a LUX meter, the 47 factor is constant.
If you have a LUXmeter divide by 47 the value and you have the PAR value (very near).
PAR readings in some of the latest LED Fixtures in the market - Aquarium Plants - Barr Report

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Thanks so much for the information. I just downloaded an app, and it has an "indoor" setting and "outdoor" setting. Indoor, I received a reading of 297 (or 6.3 PAR) at 12". Outdoor setting I received a reading of 1100 (or 23.4 PAR) at 12". Not sure which is accurate. I'm running CO2 as well!

Bump: I just took another "outdoor" reading at 6 inches I get 2200 Lux (or 47 PAR)

TANK: 33 Gallon Rimless (12x12x48)
LIGHTING: KOVAL 156 LED:
1)White LEDs: 132pcs(8000K,0.1w)
2)Blue LEDs: 12pcs(460nm, 0.1W)
3)Green LEDs: 4pcs(500nm, 0.97W)
4)Pink LEDs: 4pcs (465nm, 0.1W)
5)Red LEDs: 4pcs (625nm, 0.08W)
FILTRATION: Eheim Classic Canister Filter with Media - 2213
CO2: GLA MINI-SS CO2 System
PLANTS:
Limnophila hippurioides
Eleocharis parvula
Echinodorus amazonicus
Taxiphyllum barbieri (Vesicularia dubyana)
Blyxa japonica
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Thanks so much for the information. I just downloaded an app, and it has an "indoor" setting and "outdoor" setting. Indoor, I received a reading of 297 (or 6.3 PAR) at 12". Outdoor setting I received a reading of 1100 (or 23.4 PAR) at 12". Not sure which is accurate. I'm running CO2 as well!

Bump: I just took another "outdoor" reading at 6 inches I get 2200 Lux (or 47 PAR)
Either way, a bit low for a 12" "high tech"..
Lower than I would have suspected.

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Yes, I see that even at 6" it qualifies as "medium" lighting. I might want to add a light. Thinking of adding a Finnex thin strip. Any suggestions? If I'm going to add lighting, it would be cool to get something that allowed me to highlight certain plants areas.

TANK: 33 Gallon Rimless (12x12x48)
LIGHTING: KOVAL 156 LED:
1)White LEDs: 132pcs(8000K,0.1w)
2)Blue LEDs: 12pcs(460nm, 0.1W)
3)Green LEDs: 4pcs(500nm, 0.97W)
4)Pink LEDs: 4pcs (465nm, 0.1W)
5)Red LEDs: 4pcs (625nm, 0.08W)
FILTRATION: Eheim Classic Canister Filter with Media - 2213
CO2: GLA MINI-SS CO2 System
PLANTS:
Limnophila hippurioides
Eleocharis parvula
Echinodorus amazonicus
Taxiphyllum barbieri (Vesicularia dubyana)
Blyxa japonica
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Yes, I see that even at 6" it qualifies as "medium" lighting. I might want to add a light. Thinking of adding a Finnex thin strip. Any suggestions? If I'm going to add lighting, it would be cool to get something that allowed me to highlight certain plants areas.
You should've gotten a Beamswork light, a lot more light for the same amount of money.

Does anyone have any real data on PAR/PUR values for Koval?
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