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PostPosted: Tue Aug 05, 2014 1:53 am Post subject: Lighting help Reply with quote

 Hello  all,
 Need  some  help  with  low  tech  planted  set  up.  Not  sure  if  the  light  I  have  is  adequate  currently  have  boyu  -60  comes  with  2x  10  w  t8  fixtures.  Photo  period  5-6  hours  just  1  light  on  most  of  the  time.  Plants  in  the  tank  amazon  sword,  bacopa  moneri,  Java  fern,gold  anubias,anubia  petite.
 
 Use  flourish  excel  thrice  a  week  dasage  as  recommended.  Substrate  used  is  Ada  Amazon  soil.  Just  started  using  leaf  zone  for  iron  and  potassium.  Plants  are  fine  no  major  casualty  but  no  growth  as  such.  I  want  more  plants  but  not  sure  if  light  is  sufficient.  
 
 Would  be  helpful  if  can  recommend  best  lights  for  my  aquarium.
 
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 05, 2014 10:28 am Post subject: Re: Lighting help Reply with quote

 Hi  Yogeek,
 Ferns  and  Anubias  might  not  have  problem,  but  will  grow  dead  slow  ,  Other  plants  need  at  least  trice  the  current  wattage  or  else  they  will  wilt  slowly..
 Try  to  upgrade  to  at  least  60-70  watts  of  PLL  or  T5  tubes..  I  feel  2  numbers  of  36  watts  PLL  will  be  good  enough.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 05, 2014 12:13 pm Post subject: Re: Lighting help Reply with quote

 Thanks  nidhi,
 
 Will  defo  consider  your  recommendation..just  a  minor  issue  with  my  10w  lamp  wen  ON  one  of  the  neon  tetra  hides  and  does  not  come  out  except  when  feeding.  Post  the  lights  off  comes  out  and  enjoys  swimming.  I  have  a  batch  of  8  healthy  neons  just  1  seems  skittish.  Not  sure  if  high  wattage  would  affect.
 
 Also  do  you  think  tinted  T5  blue,  red  make  any  difference  to  plants.  Heard  a  lot  about  LED  lamps  but  have  no  clue  :-(  any  recommendation
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 05, 2014 1:23 pm Post subject: Re: Lighting help Reply with quote

 Tainted  tubes  are  not  worth  trying..  Coolday  light  is  the  best  (6500K).
 LED  are  good  if  you  can  procure  the  parts  and  DIY  it.  Or  be  ready  for  to  spend  a  large  amount  for  a  ready  made  ones.
 And  as  for  the  skittish  neon..  give  it  some  time.  And  they  will  be  accustomed  to  the  lighting.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 05, 2014 4:42 pm Post subject: Re: Lighting help Reply with quote

 I  would  suggest  you  to  first  check  the  options  of  expanding  or  replacing  the  tubes  which  is  there  by  default  with  the  readymade  tank.
 
 See  if  you  would  be  able  to  remove  the  existing  light  and  replace  the  tubes  with  2  x  36Watts  nos  PLL  tubes  and  its  ballast.  Ballast  can  be  still  placed  outside  of  the  tank.  Firstly  see  if  you  can  attach  the  pll  to  the  hood.
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 Thanks  Shelly  &  srinidhi  would  love  to  replace  the  fixture  the  entire  hood  is  old  school  and  it's  got  my  top  filter  attached  to  it.  If  I  try  replacing  it  would  be  a  mess.  Thanks  for  suggesting  though  I  will  consider  my  options  for  the  time  being  would  try  and  get  the  led  fixtures  or  high  wattage  T8.  What  are  your  thoughts  on  these  http://m.ebay.in/itm?itemId=301049941517  ?
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 06, 2014 9:19 am Post subject: Re: Lighting help Reply with quote

 Those  LED  are  as  good  as  regular  T8  tubes..And  then  you  will  have  to  buy  heatsinks  and  drivers  for  them..   
 You  will  need  atleast  4  of  them  to  get  the  desired  result..  T5  and  PLL  are  much  efficient  than  these  LED's.
 People  have  tried  and  discarded  them  later..  So,  its  up  to  you.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 06, 2014 10:01 am Post subject: Re: Lighting help Reply with quote

 More  over  the  link  that  you  had  posted  is  listing  a  Royal  blue  led  which  is  not  required  for  a  planted  tank.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 27, 2014 10:27 pm Post subject: Re: Lighting help Reply with quote

 Hi  all  still  unable  to  fix  the  light  issue.  Cannot  find  higher  wattage  t8's  stuck  due  to  fixed  tank  hood.  Will  replace  it  but  for  the  time  being  is  this  good  enough  
 
 
 http://m.ebay.in/itm?itemId=231309817131
 Planning  on  the  60  w  led,  has  heat  sink,  driver  almost  plug  n  play.
 
 Would  like  to  know  what  you  guys  think  of  it  before  I  purchase  one.
 
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 28, 2014 4:42 pm Post subject: Re: Lighting help Reply with quote

 I  wouldn't  be  really  suggesting  those  led's  as  the  quality  wouldn't  be  that  good.  But  if  you  are  not  getting  any  other  lights,  you  may  go  for  it.
 
 But  make  sure  that  you  choose  only  Cool  White  spectrum.  You  really  don't  not  Royal  Blue  for  a  planted  tank.  In  addition,  you  don't  need  a  dimmer  for  planted  tank  if  you  don't  plan  to  implement  a  led  controller  separately.
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 Thanks  Shelly,  will  check  out  some  led  shops  before  plunging  into  this  one  to  see  if  I  get  better  quality  not  a  fan  of  blue  lights  White  is  perfect.  Thanks  for  dimmer  input  saved  me  some  bucks.  Will  update  incase  I  find  the  right  one
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 29, 2014 11:40 am Post subject: Re: Lighting help Reply with quote

 Hi  all,
 
 Is  this  light  good  for  planted  tank  
 
 Green  Element  EVO  24"-30"  LED  Aquarium  Light  Fixture  -  Plant  16x3W  https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00AS1JI0Y/ref=cm_sw_r_awd_F7vEub0T9KXTB
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Hi  all,
 
 Is  this  light  good  for  planted  tank  
 
 Green  Element  EVO  24"-30"  LED  Aquarium  Light  Fixture  -  Plant  16x3W  https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00AS1JI0Y/ref=cm_sw_r_awd_F7vEub0T9KXTB                

 Those  lights  are  for  marine  setup,  as  they  are  rated  for  10,000K  color  temperature,  for  planted  tanks  you  should  look  for  6,000  to  8,000k.,
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 The  ones  I  got  are  6500  k  16  x  3w  led  fixture...hopefully  it  would  be  good  enough  for  planted  tank.  This  is  the  best  I  could  get.
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 It  will  work   if  light  spectrum  is  around   6500  as  published   by  product  lit.  
 Stay  with  minimal  hours  of  lighting  period,   like   3_4  hours  and  watch  for  algae  build  etc  closely  and  then  increase  the  lighting  period.   I  had  got  algae  problem  (PLL)  every  time  I  sent  ambitious  with  lighting  hour  or  could  not  maintain  photo  period  steady  for  whatever  the  reason.  
 
 Also  please  share  snaps  of  lights  and  tank.   Also  note  detail  on  your  led  fixture  procurement.  
 
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