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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 11-05-2019, 03:21 PM Thread Starter
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Lighting for Low Tech 135g Biotope

I just set up my 135g tank (along with 2 landen rimless tanks!) and I am looking to do a West African biotope. Large ropefish will be the main attraction.

The tank is 72x18x24. I am only looking to keep some low light plants like anubias, a good amount of floating plants, and some African tiger lotus that I want to let send shoots all the way to the tank surface.

Any recommendations on lights for this tank? I am not looking for anything fancy as plants aren’t really the focal point of this tank.
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A couple of T5-HO units would likely work well.

SunBlaster T5-HO can easily be mounted up to a DIY bracket.

4 x 36" units

or

2 x 48" + 2 x 24" units would work well.

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Thanks.

What about the beamswork LED fixture? It’s priced very well
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Thanks.

What about the beamswork LED fixture? It’s priced very well

I'd consider more on the line of simple track lighting above the tank..
If you can suspend a light a foot to a few feet above the tank some cool LED floods are available..
Most aren't programmable but simple wall dimmer could be added w/ the right choice of bulbs.
Still need an off/on timer though..



Need to match the beam angle w/ the height available/desired.

Relatively cheap though would need about 4 bulbs..


I was going to start w/ what I consider "the best" but the color temp choice is getting quite limited..
but as an example here are a few 4000k bulbs..
https://www.polar-ray.com/soraa-vivi...iABEgJgj_D_BwE


At 25 degrees you'd need to be about 3ft off the water line (front of bulb to water) though..


I'd do 4 and of course would need a track/sockets..
Sorry, doing a bit obsessing on Sorra..
More closeouts,,,
https://www.energyavenue.com/Soraa/S...SABEgKT__D_BwE

@ 60 degrees.. 11/2 ft works or so.
https://www.energyavenue.com/Soraa/S...SABEgKT__D_BwE

Heights are estimates and would need tweaking ..

suppose I need to sort of spell out their advantages..
Violet base so spectrum goes deeper than most lights and RGB phosphors allowing a larger spread than RGB specific leds..
the cyan part in part. helps w/ shades of green..

https://www.polar-ray.com/media/medi...Spec-Sheet.pdf

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There is an Odysea brand 4 light T5 in 72” that’s only $170. That’s cheaper than the retrofit t5
options as well as the LED flood lights. Would this be a good option for my needs?
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There is an Odysea brand 4 light T5 in 72” that’s only $170. That’s cheaper than the retrofit t5
options as well as the LED flood lights. Would this be a good option for my needs?

Yes it's a good option.

Differences w/ the LED and t5, besides the t5 having a but load more light, is your goal of the air gap..


Tubes just get "room messy" as you raise them higher..


Point of any pendant type regardless of bulb type is to allow more room for emergents and such.
Tubes will get you better color than cheap lights of any stripe.


A cheaper bulb..
https://www.1000bulbs.com/product/17...ml#detail-tabs
At 17W each..5000k 40 degree beam spread..
17" cone at 2ft...


That's $50 to cover your tank plus sockets..


BUT much lower output overall though targeted light is more err efficient.
Likely PAR at the tank surface is 100...


AGAIN that t5 is a lot more light..


Choices as I see it.. More light less room less light more room..
Oh I suppose the tubes "win" on ease of installation..


hmmm.. re-reading your post you really aren't referring to emergent plants so to speak..just surface stuff.

sooo.. nevermind..

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