Hey guys, I'm setting up my first freshwater planted in a long time. I've kept some fresh before immensly over the years, but transitioned to reefing the last decade or so. I've decided to build my own pendant for my new (Amazon prime deal) Marineland portrait 5.5g setup.
The tank measures (approximately) 9.5x8.5x16", so it wont take much to get some good light going on. I wanted to be able to adjust it up later if I ever get into anything higher light/advanced, but for now will likely do Java Fern, Anubias, Banana plant, Water sprite, and whatever else I can find that does well for me
So far I was thinking that a CPU heatsink would be a decent pendant, and this would allow me to have a backup fan for summertime or high-intensity operation, but I intend to passively cool this setup ideally. I was thinking of a couple different setups, but either way the light would hang from 3-6" above the tank.
Possible LED selection, keep in mind I'm a bit fuzzy on the state of freshwater lighting, last time I set up a planted tank PC Fluorescent was still the choice lighting!!! I would like to be able to have a nice range of adjustability, from a stark white to a deep blue. I will likely be using a Typhon or similar controller, still undecided. 2-4 channels possibly, but I'd likely do just fine with 2. Most likely will use LDD type drivers. I have ways of making by when I first build it up and test it out though.
All on 3-up stars (separate wiring, and spread around for good mix) from stevesleds most likely, stars tightly spaced-
2x NW (5000k)
1x WW (3k)
1x RB (440nm?)
1x hyper violet
I was thinking of possibly doing that, but adding the following as well-
1x NW (5000k)
1x CW (6500k)
1x B (460nm?)
I like a nice crisp white, I despise the heavy yellow tint a lot of tanks end up with. I like a bit of blue too, but will tend towards more of a neutral tone to this little tank. Something like these are the look I'm after...
I tried to do a ton of research, but since photobucket nuked the offsite links it's not that easy to find any pics of smaller buiids...