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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 05-19-2011, 10:27 PM Thread Starter
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I have a Chi and wanted to add a couple LEds and be able to set then on a timer. to be able to have a small planted tank.
My question is does anyone know wher I can get leds that are water proof or how to enclose them to be water proof. I want to be able to mount them to the bottom filter area and have a stealth look.
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There are submersible led tubes from ebay that can probably serve this purpose.
I was wanting a chi before but the price kept me away from it.
You can probably install one tube at the back part to hide it partially but not really sure if it does greatly improve the light.
Try to have a look at the ecoxotic ecopico tanks and light.
The tank is similar to the edge but have a thin led arm attached to it.

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Yeah maybe I can just use the ecoxotic light and attach it to the CHI.
but they are not submersible.
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How bright are the LEDs you have in mind? If you're hoping to do much beyond moonlights this likely won't work out in a 5 gallon tank. Brighter LEDs require a heatsink of some sort, and in this case it will wind up being the water, ultimately. Anything bright enough to light the tank effectively will produce enough heat to seriously mess up the temperature of the water.

If you're going for low power LEDs, for moonlights or some sort of colored lighting effect or what have you, you might be able to get away with thoroughly coating the LED/exposed wiring in clear nail polish and letting it dry completely. I don't know that I would want to leave it like that long term, but when I was making my LED fixture for a nano I dropped a 5W LED into the water and it continued running just fine coated in polish. Something smaller and lower powered should present a much smaller concern.
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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 05-20-2011, 01:47 AM Thread Starter
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I am only looking to be able to grow some plants in there. some moss and Repens 49.
thats about it.
So i was thinking like 1-2 watts.
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