Upgrading to LED lights

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14 Aug 2016 15:44 #1 by komalley (K OM)
Hi Folks,

I'm looking at upgrading my Arcadia T5's to LED for a pending high energy set-up.

The aquarium is 36" x 18" x 20" - will be using Amazonia substrate, CO2 and liquid ferts....

Anyone got advice LED lighting or should I stick with the T5's ?

Thanks in advance

kom

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14 Aug 2016 15:55 #2 by robert (robert carter)
The only thing i can tell you is that when i recently upgraded the lights on my 350 tropical tank i found it impossible to get anything led with the right spectrum for tropical in120cm length , so i just went for a 4 x54 watt t5 unit . The led market seems to be very much for marine fish keepers

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14 Aug 2016 18:06 #3 by gunnered72 (Eddy Gunnered)
The right T5s are better than LEDs anyway....

Ya cant beat T5s for plant growth in a Co2 injected system

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14 Aug 2016 21:43 #4 by komalley (K OM)
Hiya!

What T5's would you recommend for growing plants??

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15 Aug 2016 07:23 #5 by robert (robert carter)
My set up uses two daylight tubes (white ) and two plantgrow tubes (pink ) and with the co2 plants grow like mad i do add liquid co2 and liquid plant food daily one hour before lights on

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15 Aug 2016 08:46 #6 by gunnered72 (Eddy Gunnered)
Definitely use a mixture of "DAYLIGHT" and "COLOUR ENHANCER"....There are tonnes of different brands...ya just gotta research...Arcadia, JBL, Hagen/Fluval are 3 of the more common brands...

If you go to their websites its all explained there as regards different light outputs and different light colours for growing plants and enhancing fish colours

www.arcadia-aquatic.com/fluorescent-lamps/

www.jbl.de/?lang=en&mod=products&func=group&id=1071

www.fluvalaquatics.com/ca/fluval-product...ighting/fluorescent/

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15 Aug 2016 08:52 #7 by komalley (K OM)
Hi there!

Thanks for that....

I was looking at the following in Seahorse Galway

www.fluvalaquatics.com/ca/product/A3997-...ky-led/#.V7GCFigrLIU

Combination of white + red which is along the lines of your advice but through a different technology...

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15 Aug 2016 09:30 #8 by gunnered72 (Eddy Gunnered)
If you plan to grow a a jungle or fancy hard to grow plants that unit wont cut it....Its designed for easy grow lower light plants....

If you are going to inject Co2 you will need as much light as possible...

More Co2 = more plant photsynthesis ability = more light = more ferts....They all go hand in hand...

You have to create a balance...

Now if ya wanna grow easier plants this unit is fine along with liquid Co2 and liquid ferts....

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