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40 breeder startup

So got the 40 breeder today and the ok from the wife to set it up and start raising crystal shrimp

Its going to be a lowtech tank, no CO2 no fertz, two sponge filters, maybe a HOB just for some circulation.

Lighting though...

should I get a 2 bulb 36" T5?

oorrr looking at a 36" LED, since its not going to really be "growing" the low light plants, just need something to illuminate.

Not mention the lower wattage draw back there.

I use LED's in my little nano tank at work no fertz, and my anubias nana in there has grown like 5 new leaves. So really leaning towards paying the extra ten dollars and just get some LED lighting for it? That and I am thinking with the LED... less likely chance of dealing with algea!

Looking at odyssea (I am a cheap bastard where applicable!!)

LED - http://www.aquatraders.com/LED-Fresh...ht-p/56204.htm
T5 - http://www.aquatraders.com/36-inch-2...e-p/52122p.htm

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I've got a pair of 23w CFLs on my 40BR, and If I forget to swap out the DIY CO2, its really easy to tell.

I don't think that with 2 39w T5HOs, no CO2 is even going to be an option.


That being said, the 2x39w T5HO produces about 12 times (7000 lumens) the light that the LED fixture does (600 lumens). T5 will vary with reflectors, etc, but that fixture is going to be drastically more light than the LED setup, whether or not it has good reflectors.


Not all LEDs are the same.
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I've got a pair of 23w CFLs on my 40BR, and If I forget to swap out the DIY CO2, its really easy to tell.

I don't think that with 2 39w T5HOs, no CO2 is even going to be an option.


That being said, the 2x39w T5HO produces about 12 times (7000 lumens) the light that the LED fixture does (600 lumens). T5 will vary with reflectors, etc, but that fixture is going to be drastically more light than the LED setup, whether or not it has good reflectors.


Not all LEDs are the same.

Oh yea for sure, I just want this back tank to be little maintenance as possible, its just going to be for shrimp breeding / growing.

Looks like I may just get the LED, save on my electric bill too haha

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Someone else is going to have to chime in, but I'd be worried about 600 lumens being extremely low light.

A 23w CFL puts out 1600 lumens. Since the LEDs are all pointed down and there's less backscatter, they'll be a little more efficient, but I think you're still in the range of putting a single ~14w cfl over your entire 40B.
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