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Planted Tank With LED lighting

PostPosted: Fri Jan 31, 2014 2:52 pm
by Freshwater Tropic
I thought this was a very cool article to read. I am sure @Crazygar<-- ATUB --> will love to read it. I enjoyed it.

Anyway, It's an article about a Planted tank with an Ecotech-Marine Radion XR30 Pro LED light fixture being the one sourch of light it receives.

Check it out:
http://www.guitarfish.org/2014/01/27/ec ... -xr30w-pro

Comments welcomed & encouraged. I would like to hear what you all have to say.

Re: Planted Tank With LED lighting

PostPosted: Fri Jan 31, 2014 4:15 pm
by twotone12valve
Wow that's amazing! LEDs are amazing when you know how to use them.

Re: Planted Tank With LED lighting

PostPosted: Fri Jan 31, 2014 4:53 pm
by Freshwater Tropic
I love LED's. They are one the most interesting ways to light a tank. My AI Hydra over my tank is VERY similar to this one. I can adjust everything within 1% power outputs, to what times I want the LED's to start Ramping up. Honestly, It is very cool to watch through the day too. The fixture does it all on its own. As the day progresses I see my light change tones & brightnesses.

Re: Planted Tank With LED lighting

PostPosted: Fri Jan 31, 2014 8:56 pm
by J.B.
Cool light with many options, but it will be a very, very cold day in heII before I'd drop $700 on a fish tank light...ain't happening! Not even for my reef. :snoot:

Regarding the tank shown, I would have been impressed if I'd have seen some Ludwigia replens or Alternanthera reineckii glowing red in there, instead of that salad bowl of crappy green plants that can also be easily grown with a 15w stock fixture. :twocents:

Re: Planted Tank With LED lighting

PostPosted: Fri Jan 31, 2014 9:08 pm
by Freshwater Tropic
Very True. I know that. They are really pricey still. My AI Hydra wasn't nearly that price. Though it was still pricey. I love it though. Just thought it was an interesting article.

Re: Planted Tank With LED lighting

PostPosted: Sat Feb 01, 2014 1:01 am
by Dutchman
I have to agree with JB. There are a few things wrong with this light fixture.

1. The proportions are all wrong and the result is that the fixture has to be hung far too high above the tank to be of any use. There's a lot of light "washed overboard" that way, serving no purpose at all. The PAR figures are therefore misleading.
2. The price -$700 ?- is ridiculous and more justified by its advanced features than its practical suitability.

I have to admit that - so far - the very best LED units that I've seen are home made using hi-power LEDs, and you can make them for 1/3rd to 1/2 of that price.

Re: Planted Tank With LED lighting

PostPosted: Sat Feb 01, 2014 9:54 am
by Romani
It is amazing what you can do with LED lighting now. Proper dawn/dusk cycles, changes in intensity/wavelength over the day...even seasonal variation. Things you simply can't do with halides/T5's/etc. And that's a big advantage for both fish and plants (or corals) and holds so many health advantages.

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.

I've seen reviews of the Radion XR30 Pro and it is fantastic, also very expensive! Like you say there are cheaper options available that are more suitable for most of us (and I'd say the tank in the article probably doesn't need this lighting set up!). I'd definitely go LED on my next tank.

Re: Planted Tank With LED lighting

PostPosted: Sat Feb 01, 2014 6:25 pm
by meh
Man that is cool.....I want one of those

Re: Planted Tank With LED lighting

PostPosted: Sat Feb 01, 2014 7:57 pm
by Crazygar
The price tag alone makes it prohibitive to a good deal amount of people. I would even have to give my head a shake at considering buying a light at that price.

As for the plants, nothing impressive. Let's see Amannia gracilis and a few other "hard to grow stuff". It's cool, but I have a feeling over hype. Thanks for the link though.

Gary

Re: Planted Tank With LED lighting

PostPosted: Sat Feb 01, 2014 8:30 pm
by ScottFish
Hey @Dutchman<-- ATUB --> --nice avatar! You lost your hair! Want me to send you some? I have some left over from the shower drain. (Don't laugh too hard Gary, your hairy days are numbered.)

Re: Planted Tank With LED lighting

PostPosted: Sun Feb 02, 2014 2:17 am
by Dutchman
I didn't lose my hair. My wife uses a nr1 trimmer :whistle:

Re: Planted Tank With LED lighting

PostPosted: Sun Feb 02, 2014 11:23 am
by Crazygar
Barring the lack of hair those lights are not so world changing.

Gary

Re: Planted Tank With LED lighting

PostPosted: Sun Feb 02, 2014 1:00 pm
by Murray
Yup if you've got the money. But I must say LED is my preferred choice for lighting with the savings that can be made with the bills. I have converted 5 tanks to LED. Here in France we have a mark of LED lighting called Lumivie it comes in 4 different Temperture options in a variety of lengths and wattage consumptions for different tank sizes. It is basic but does the job, it is simply a bar of diodes which is attached at either end to the tank rims, raising the unit 3cm above the rims, no cooler, no variation of any type, just a switch to switch it on and off. The manufacture recommends two ramps for a high end planted tank. I use one and grow undemanding plants with ease. For example I paid 151 € (204 dollars) for a 150cm ramp 6700k. They are produced by a company called Aquavie

Re: Planted Tank With LED lighting

PostPosted: Sun Feb 02, 2014 3:14 pm
by Romani
I get the impression a lot of people aren't impressed with LED's? Could be worth moving this topic over to "Meeting of the Minds" to find out more on everyones thoughts.

Re: Planted Tank With LED lighting

PostPosted: Sun Feb 02, 2014 4:12 pm
by ScottFish
I have a LED set up over my FW 40 gal. Plants are doing fine; looks great. There's a thread here somewhere.