So Ive ran into a problem trying to customize a LED lighting system for my JBJ 12g nano cube. My issues start with the fact the nano cube is self contained so I am limited in space. If I were to do it over again, I would steer away from the completely contained system for several reasons with the lighting being only one. I already have a super healthy 55 gal. heavily planted tank so I am/was looking forward to setting up another, smaller, planted tank for shrimp. Want a thick foreground of HC so looking for optimal lighting and good PAR.
I am restricted in the space that is available under the hood, to ruffly a W5"xL13"xD1.5" area that housed 2, 12"T5 bulbs.
I started with 2 TrueLumen LED Strips
1, TrueLumen LED Lunar Light 3 x 453nm Blue Actinic LEDs
for a little night light.
Along with a 3 way spliter and a 12v power cord sold.
This was in no way bright enough. No only was there not enough light, all it did was polish the water at best.
So I went back and tried to find the 8,000K Sun White Pro Series LED. It seems that they have discontinued this model so I bought the 12" 12,000K Diamond White
. This is 12V so I had to buy a separate power cord for it as well.
This fixture is better. I wish I would of started with 1 of these pro series instead of 2 of the light strips. But it is still just a brightly, well polished light, if that makes sense. I wouldn't of started down the TrueLumen product line if I would of know they were going to discontinue the 8,000K sun white Pro Series.
Now, I'm just over $100 into this re-Build and dont want to make anymore missteps. Here are the options that I've seen, that would work for my setup:
- Buy a TrueLumen Marine Fusion ProSeries LED - "a slick combination of 12K white & 453nm blue." BUT I want to grow HC and other high light, foreground plants. This spectrum is made for a saltwater tank right?
- Buy a 12.5" 6 watt Stunner LED 8000K White
. This will probably be compatible with the 12V converter I got for the other light. This would also be the cheapest/easiest "fix" if you think it will grow plants. Is this a good lighting spectrum for a planted tank?
- Buy a buildmyled.com set up like this.
. I cant find dimensions on this and it looks like a LED strip in an alumium casing that I fear would not fit in my self contained bio cube lid.
I like this option the best so please let me know if you know anything about it! Current-usa Satellite+ flexible LED with RGB
. I have a Satellite+ that sits on my 55gal and i love the color options. But does anyone know if I buy this product, am I able to take the 44" LED roll and cut it down into 4-5, 10" strips and connect them together? this would give me 4 strips that function as one light.
-there is also this cheepy led supplier that sells waterproof leds. Would I be able to grow a hightech tanks using something like this
-What about a do-it-yourself option like this?
. It starts getting expensive.
I'd like a simple solution from you all if possible. I've tried reading in-depth articles
on this issue and they loose me.
Bottom Line: Have zero knowledge in Lighting. Ive done a ton of research which has not helped me more than a better understanding that there are a ton of options out there. I probably sholdnt of gone cheep but I did so now I would like to know if there are any cheep fixes for me or do I need to scrap it all and go big/go pro?