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Currently I have an aqueon 24 in modular led light with 1 colormax and 2 daylight strips. They've been fine so far but being only 60 bucks I'm sure it's not a very a good lighting option for growing carpet plants which is what I'd like to do. I have a 54gallon corner 24 in high with 3 in of substrate. Anyone have some suggestions as to what I should go with?

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Post up which lights exactly you have. 24" is a lot and the lights you got I'm guessing is low par. Carpeting is expensive Lolol. What plants do you want to carpet

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The original LED I got is an aqueon modular led 24 inch version
Seen here http://www.aqueonproducts.com/products/modular-led-aquarium-fixture.htm

The second light which I just recently added is the fluval full spectrum aqualife and plant led also 24 inch
http://www.fluvalaquatics.com/ca/pr...nt-full-spectrum-performance-led-strip-light/

I am currently running both lights at the same time

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Things that make you go hmmmm..........

CRI: 5,200 K
Er no.. CCT of 5200K.... CRI ????

Features 5 unique LED band waves
which "bands"? besides "band waves"???
Marketing and research better have a talk....... ;)

http://www.fluvalaquatics.com/ca/freshwater/aquarium-lighting/series/aqualife-plant-performance-led/



The info is there..
 

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Jeff I'm not quite sure I understand what you're getting at? Lol

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Oh, just complaining about their "wordsmithing" ..
CRI which is color rendering index goes from 0-100 there is no "cri" of any K rating as Fluval had listed on their first page..

K ratings are for color temp.. which only applies to incandescent sources.. CCT "correlated color temp" is the correct term for "punctated spectrum" lights.. Ones w/out a continuous spectrum..
LED's really have no "color temp" but do have a CCT (well white ones, or collections of colors)..
http://lowel.com/edu/color_temperature_and_rendering_demystified.html

I won't even say what I think about "band waves"............

 

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Hope I'm not breaking rules by posting an eBay link. But those are the ones I used so you will definitely get them cheaper in the US compared to here in Australia. I actually used one 50w and 2 X 30w on a 4ft and it's going awesome compared to when I had 3 X 54w t5 tube.

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Hmm whats an example of these flood lights you speak of?
I would shy away from the flood lights. They're a cheap way to get LED lighting; strong, $30 each approx, and one fixture alone will give you tons of light, but apparently they burn out real quick because they can't handle heat and they're cheaply made. If you do a quick search on the forum you'll see what I mean. Just my two cents.
 

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Yea as much as I would love a carpet and a high tech set up I may stick to lower light non c02 after reading about people's horror stories gassing their tanks to death

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