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PostPosted: Sat Jul 14, 2012 9:01 pm Post subject: Lighting Issues - T5, T8, LED Reply with quote

 Hi  All,  
 
 I've  recently  picked  up  a  5  foot  aquarium,  and  have  been  trying  to  figure  out  the  lighting  for  a  planted  tank.  
 
 Tanks  size  is:  
 57  X  20  X  14  inches
 
 Here  are  my  questions:  
 
 1)  Where  do  you  get  a  5'  stand  (for  on  top  of  the  open  aquarium)  for  the  ballast  and  T5  HO  lights?  
 
 2)  Should  i  not  be  able  to  get  T5  HO  lights,  will  T8  work?  
 What  K  should  they  be  to  get  an  equivalent  of  3  W/Gal?  
 
 3)  Has  anyone  used  LED  lights  in  a  5'  planted  tank?  How  did  you  set  up  the  LEDs?
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 04, 2012 6:12 pm Post subject: Re: Lighting Issues - T5, T8, LED Reply with quote

 You  can  try  LED  flood  light  set  up,  50W  equivalent  to  300  watt  metal  halide  flood  light.  The  problem  is  getting  10000K,  14000K  or  20000K  light.  6500K  is  easily  available  in  ebay
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 05, 2012 2:37 pm Post subject: Re: Lighting Issues - T5, T8, LED Reply with quote

                                                   
krishnendu09  wrote  (View  Post):                
You  can  try  LED  flood  light  set  up,  50W  equivalent  to  300  watt  metal  halide  flood  light.  The  problem  is  getting  10000K,  14000K  or  20000K  light.  6500K  is  easily  available  in  ebay                

 
 Isn't  6500  k  good  enough?  Plenty  of  guys  use  it  with  success,  myself  included.  one  or  two  10000  k  would  be  ok,  just  to  diversify  the  spectrum  on  offer  a  bit.  ..,  but  not  necessary.  And  20000  k  is  what  marine  coral/sea  weed  keepers  want/need.  Luckily,  he  is  not  one  of  them.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 05, 2012 3:43 pm Post subject: Re: Lighting Issues - T5, T8, LED Reply with quote

 where  are  you,  update  the  location.
 
 1.  Stand  for  5  feet  is  available  in  aquariums
 
 2.  You  should  be  looking  for  slim  tube  like  T5/PLL  for  efficiency.  K  (kelvin)  6500  is  OK
 
 3.  LED  efficiency  depends  on  the  depth  of  the  tank  and  plants  lighting  demand  -  Flood  light  with  LED  chip  can  be  used
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 05, 2012 7:08 pm Post subject: Re: Lighting Issues - T5, T8, LED Reply with quote

 PandianG,  have  u  personally  seen  good  results  with  LEDs?  In  Delhi,  there  is  no  person  who  has  purchased  LEDs  who  is  satisfied  with  them  as  far  as  plant  growth  is  concerned.  it  does  not  match  with  plant  growth  under  flourescent  lights  ...
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 05, 2012 8:42 pm Post subject: Re: Lighting Issues - T5, T8, LED Reply with quote

 I  have  bought  the  LED  chips  and  LED  floodlights  to  use  in  planted  tank.  still  not  using  them  as  they  are  very  poor  lighting  source  for  water  plants  when  compared  to  other  lights  available  already.
 
 this  is  my  personal  experience.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 05, 2012 8:52 pm Post subject: Re: Lighting Issues - T5, T8, LED Reply with quote

                                                   
pandianG  wrote  (View  Post):                
I  have  bought  the  LED  chips  and  LED  floodlights  to  use  in  planted  tank.  still  not  using  them  as  they  are  very  poor  lighting  source  for  water  plants  when  compared  to  other  lights  available  already.
 
 this  is  my  personal  experience.                

 
 I  dont  agree  to  your  point  that  led  is  not  good  for  a  planted  tank.  Get  a  good  quality  led  lights,  then  you  will  see  the  real  growth  of  plants.
 
 Nano  Betta  Tank
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 14, 2012 3:18 am Post subject: Re: Lighting Issues - T5, T8, LED Reply with quote

                                                   
pandianG  wrote  (View  Post):                
I  have  bought  the  LED  chips  and  LED  floodlights  to  use  in  planted  tank.  still  not  using  them  as  they  are  very  poor  lighting  source  for  water  plants  when  compared  to  other  lights  available  already.
 
 this  is  my  personal  experience.                

 
 
 Can  you  please  share  the  LED  configuration  that  you  tried  ...  
 I  am  in  process  of  getting  into  LED  lighting  for  plated  so  would  like  to  know  what  or  where  thing  went  wrong  ...
 
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 14, 2012 3:37 am Post subject: Re: Lighting Issues - T5, T8, LED Reply with quote

 Shelly,
 LED  will  be  very  costly  for  this  huge  set  up  I  guess.....
 It  will  come  around  50k,  when  you  can  wrap  it  up  in  5k  with  a  proper  hood  using  PLL  lights.
 Imagine  the  initial  investment....
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 14, 2012 6:52 am Post subject: Re: Lighting Issues - T5, T8, LED Reply with quote

 The  tank  mentioned  has  less  than  5  feet  so  at  the  max  3-4  LED  flood  lights  (  I  think  this  4  may  be  more  considering  the  depth,  but  keeping  the  higher  side)  with  30W  should  do  the  work,  I  had  got  30W  LED  from  a  upper  market  shop  recently  for  Rs:2500/-  which  should  be  less  if  one  do  little  market  research.  Even  if  it  is  2.5  k  /unit  (  it  should  be  less  as  one  gets  more)  it  is  going  to  cost  less  than  10K,  considering  the  energy  efficiency  ┬áthis  should  be  good  option  if  finance  permits  presently.
 
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 15, 2012 1:41 am Post subject: Re: Lighting Issues - T5, T8, LED Reply with quote

 this  topoc  always  have  mixed  responses.....  There  are  some  people  who  say  that  they  had  excellent  results  on  led  flood  lights  and  some  who  say  that  they  are  a  waste.  So  is  there  any  specific  brand  you  people  use(I  mean  the  people  with  success)  or  it  is  the  random  china  made  ones  are  you  refering  to.
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 15, 2012 3:28 pm Post subject: Re: Lighting Issues - T5, T8, LED Reply with quote

 Hi  Jabba,
                           If  some  one  gets  30W   single  LED  flood  light,   it  should  not  matter  which  brand.  on  the  other  hand  if  some  one  goes  for  the  small  decoration  LEDs  those  are  not  meant  for  plants...
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