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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 11-05-2019, 04:25 AM Thread Starter
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6x2x2 low/medium light

Hi everyone I’ve started a new 6x2x2 planted tank upgrading from a 60g cube rimless. I was using a 65 w compact fluorescent 6700k as low lighting. Plants were mostly mosses Anubis’s ferns which all did extremely well. Fish were mostly many guppies and a pleco. With 2 external eheim 2217. The new tank I want to go for the same idea, low/medium light, same types of plants but would like to go led and possibly pendant style to hang as I am enclosing it with canopy to ceiling as partial room divider . The tank has 2 braces.. so I was thinking 3 led pendants. What would be a good option of led pendants for low medium light
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Hmmm. need to know what you want for clearance.
Lot of puck styles that would work but most are designed for .. at most 1ft off the water line..
If you want a bigger gap between tank and canopy you start to get into some issues of useable though the "others" can be used w/ some compromises..

Next is what you want to pay..

Soooo first thing.. Design specs.. how high do you want (or need) the lights to be off the tank top?

most are usually like this..but you said ceiling.. thus the question.



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Actually I would be ok with led strip lighting as well. I’d love the kessil pendants but far too pricey. I heard about floodlight but not sure.. would prefer a color temperature of 6-7000k +. Tank top to ceiling has about 35”. I’m not too cheap.. I want it to look nice but it’s more low light so I don’t need high intensity $$. I do have 10lb co2 system as well I can use but haven’t needed it because of my low light smaller setups lately
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I like to use a DIY approach like in this video for inexpensive pendants.


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Thanks! I like that approach. Initially that what I was first trying to do but only found 1200 lumen 5000k bulb with single pendant reflector. Wonder if more specialty grow places would be better to try I was just trying Home Depot, Canadian tire.
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Thanks! I like that approach. Initially that what I was first trying to do but only found 1200 lumen 5000k bulb with single pendant reflector. Wonder if more specialty grow places would be better to try I was just trying Home Depot, Canadian tire.

Thew approach is good but will you rarely find err.. "totally pleasing" 6500k bulbs.
Granted a matter of taste but those low CRI types ( I consider 80-ish low btw) aren't everyones cup of tea..
Getting 6500k high CRI is costly. Sweet spot apparently is 5000k


https://www.1000bulbs.com/product/177401/IRT-10054.html


@ 40 degrees needs to be 2.5 ft off the water line 1 bulb for every ft in length..so 6..Can get away w/ less though to about 4...

CRI of 91 is err "OK"..

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Hmmm. need to know what you want for clearance.
Lot of puck styles that would work but most are designed for .. at most 1ft off the water line..
If you want a bigger gap between tank and canopy you start to get into some issues of useable though the "others" can be used w/ some compromises..

Next is what you want to pay..

Soooo first thing.. Design specs.. how high do you want (or need) the lights to be off the tank top?

most are usually like this..but you said ceiling.. thus the question.



or this:
Is this a picture of you Jeff and are these your tanks?


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Is this a picture of you Jeff and are these your tanks?

for today...


Reefers are getting bugged I discuss lights (usually staying within the technical boundaries) w/out a real reef tank.. so I'm going "virtual"...
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I have 3 AI Prime Freshwater Pendants on my 220 gallon. 6x30x24. I run them at about half power. They can be adjusted to whatever color spectrum or brightness that you want. they run about $200.00 each but that are on sale on some sites for as low as $167.00 right now.
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I have 3 AI Prime Freshwater Pendants on my 220 gallon. 6x30x24. I run them at about half power. They can be adjusted to whatever color spectrum or brightness that you want. they run about $200.00 each but that are on sale on some sites for as low as $167.00 right now.

Do note AI is coming out w/ new models.. thus the discount.


Nothing wrong w/ the old model though.

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