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Re: Planted Tank With LED lighting

PostPosted: Sun Feb 02, 2014 4:29 pm
by J.B.
ScottFish wrote:I have a LED set up over my FW 40 gal. Plants are doing fine; looks great. There's a thread here somewhere.


You aren't likely to find any accompanying photos to go with the chit-chat in that thread, though. :whistle:

Re: Planted Tank With LED lighting

PostPosted: Sun Feb 02, 2014 4:48 pm
by meh
That's nasty!

Re: Planted Tank With LED lighting

PostPosted: Sun Feb 02, 2014 5:01 pm
by Romani
J.B. wrote:
ScottFish wrote:I have a LED set up over my FW 40 gal. Plants are doing fine; looks great. There's a thread here somewhere.


You aren't likely to find any accompanying photos to go with the chit-chat in that thread, though. :whistle:


Time to announce the new TFH Forums charity appeal...for every $ a member of this forum pledges, Scott will release a photo of his tanks.

Re: Planted Tank With LED lighting

PostPosted: Sun Feb 02, 2014 5:03 pm
by Freshwater Tropic
Romani wrote:
There's one project I know of that is using current satellite data from Fijian reefs to accurately replicate photoperiods/mooncycles in coral tanks using LED lights. So when the sun starts to come up over the reef, it is replicated over the tanks. When it's a full moon, the tanks are given a full moon. It's also all linked in with chillers etc to fully replicate conditions.



My AI Hydra does the very same. You can either pick different reef locations(i.e. FL Key, Great Barrier, Etc. . . ) or type in the exact coordinates of where you are(To get those you can just Google it if you aren't sure already). After doing so, it will mimic the daylight/moonlight cycle of my location. When the sun rises outside, it rises in my tank. Same thing with sunset & moon phase. It is the coolest thing I've seen! Now, you can adjust it so it isn't "Bright" until a certain time. I have mine set so that it has a 6hr ramp time. So, The sun may rise here at maybe 7:15am, but my fixture doesn't reach peak setting(Which is however bright you set it to max) until 6 hours from "Sunrise" Time(Roughly 1 o'clock). I love it. For a reef tank it is great. For a planted tank, Still to be confirmed by some. . . :think:

Re: Planted Tank With LED lighting

PostPosted: Sun Feb 02, 2014 5:16 pm
by ScottFish
Romani wrote:
J.B. wrote:
ScottFish wrote:I have a LED set up over my FW 40 gal. Plants are doing fine; looks great. There's a thread here somewhere.


You aren't likely to find any accompanying photos to go with the chit-chat in that thread, though. :whistle:


Time to announce the new TFH Forums charity appeal...for every $ a member of this forum pledges, Scott will release a photo of his tanks.


:cry: Yeah, I know, tough love. :crying:

Re: Planted Tank With LED lighting

PostPosted: Sun Feb 02, 2014 5:38 pm
by Freshwater Tropic
Lol

Re: Planted Tank With LED lighting

PostPosted: Mon Feb 17, 2014 9:43 am
by Crazygar
LMAO, I pledge a penny. We are trying to get rid of them here in Canada, what a better way than to find them new homes...

As for LED Lighting, I'm still not 100% convinced of the output right now. I've seen some nice ones, but those come with hefty price tags and quite honestly it comes down to general affordability. Once the market is saturated and LED becomes a standard, the price will drop and the average consumer can make a more educated choice.

I've seen the Marineland Strips and considered using them on my Rift Lake tank, but I keep shying away...

Gary

Re: Planted Tank With LED lighting

PostPosted: Sun Feb 23, 2014 1:24 pm
by Pickles
Gary, I've two of the Marineland LEDs for the front of my tank. They can't be THAT expensive or I'd not have bought them. I think. I ordered online and never looked at the price as I was getting them come heck or high water. But I want to say they were like $60/each. (Please, god. Don't let me have paid much more!)

I'm going to have a FW planted tank and I want the LED light Freshwater has. I really am enamored of this topic as it just *fascinates* me! If I could make my lights like the sun and moon, I'd never leave the front of my tank. I'd never sleep. What an idea! To me, the epitome of the fancy. Makes the small world more world-like and realistic.

Gary, hope you're correct and the prices drop. And *soon*! I want that light Freshwater has! [whine]


mk

Re: Planted Tank With LED lighting

PostPosted: Sun Feb 23, 2014 1:28 pm
by Pickles
Edit:

P.S. Gary, I need two lights as they're 17" and my tank is 36" long.


mk

Re: Planted Tank With LED lighting

PostPosted: Sun Feb 23, 2014 2:06 pm
by Pickles
Gary, I looked it up and my 2 Marineland LED 17" blue/white lights were $35.92/each via Amazon. To me, even on a fixed income, that's cheap. Lots of people pay more than the two together for a single fish. By the way, though I have chosen to put mine at the top of the front panel, they are fully submersible and come with suctions cups. I'm wondering what it would look like to have some at the bottom of the back panel to highlight the plants... Hhhhhmmmmmm... Might be dramatic. You think? *Plus* they are tilt-able. Like you can direct the lights from where you put them by rolling the cylinder they're on. And they can be put on a timer, or they have a timer, or something like that. So you can go from daylight to moonlight w/o doing anything.

mk

Re: Planted Tank With LED lighting

PostPosted: Sun Mar 09, 2014 11:04 am
by Crazygar
It's not the price that bothers me, quite opposite, for use for Planted Tanks, I wonder about getting the proper light and output for plants to not only grow but thrive. I dabble with the high tech plants, so something with low PAR is not what I need.

Gary

Re: Planted Tank With LED lighting

PostPosted: Tue Apr 22, 2014 3:09 pm
by Freshwater Tropic
I know what you mean Gary. LED's can be a little on the pricey of sides. I've found that BulidMyLED isn't badly priced & they are some very high output LED's. Plus, their lenses are awesome. They merge the colors so well that you don't get the disco effect. Just remarkable. Not as controllable as my fixture is, but still a quality product. They are the ones I will put over my Planted tank if/when I set one up.

Re: Planted Tank With LED lighting

PostPosted: Tue Apr 22, 2014 11:24 pm
by freshfish
I'm finally dipping my own toe into LEDs. They still aren't cheap by any means, but there are some at least affordable fixtures on the market now for Nano tanks that are producing nice PAR values in addition to broad spectrum color rendition. LEDs for bigger tanks are still way out of my reach ATM though.

Re: Planted Tank With LED lighting

PostPosted: Sun May 04, 2014 4:46 pm
by Crazygar
I'll be dabbling with Nano Tanks and LED's sooner than I think as well. I guess we need another tank here. :D

Depth penetration will be a major concern with this new tank, so the LEDs need to provide excellent light penetration to the bottom of the tank where I want to grow a lawn of Hairgrass again.

Gary

Re: Planted Tank With LED lighting

PostPosted: Sun May 04, 2014 4:51 pm
by freshfish
Oooooh, yay, Gar! :D

I just picked up a Finnex FugeRay Planted+ for my 25gal. I realized it was time to change out the bulbs in my Coralife and wasn't finding decent prices anywhere on the bulbs I wanted for it... figured I'll save myself some $$ over the long run with the Finnex since LEDs have such a longer life.