Is this enough lighting to sustain low-light plants?

Discussion in 'Lighting' started by Huskiesandfishies, Jul 24, 2015.

  1. H

    Huskiesandfishies Valued Member Member

  2. Dom90

    Dom90 Fishlore VIP Member

    The 2nd one doesnt even look like its made for aquariums... You need to have about 6500 Kelvin in a LED for planted tanks.
     
  3. OP
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    Huskiesandfishies Valued Member Member

    It's a DIY project, its what he wrapped around the PVC pipe, is there a way to measure Volts to kelvin??
     




  4. Dom90

    Dom90 Fishlore VIP Member

  5. OP
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    Huskiesandfishies Valued Member Member

    I was trying to diy for much cheaper haha!
     
  6. Dom90

    Dom90 Fishlore VIP Member

    Hmm, maybe someone else will chime in, I'm not good with DIY projects so I just buy the finished product lol.
     
  7. OP
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    Huskiesandfishies Valued Member Member

    Haha thank you anyway, Im going to buy egg crate for the aquarium top too :p
     
  8. Dom90

    Dom90 Fishlore VIP Member

    What the heck is egg crate? lol
     
  9. Coradee

    Coradee Moderator Moderator Member

  10. OP
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    Huskiesandfishies Valued Member Member

  11. Dom90

    Dom90 Fishlore VIP Member

    Oh wow neat... I just laid my rocks right on the glass in a sturdy position so they wouldnt fall. But the OP mentioned they would use it for the aquarium top. What purpose would that serve?

    I would only use LEDs made specifically for aquariums... different light spectrum could cause all kinds of algae issues imo.
     
  12. OP
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    Huskiesandfishies Valued Member Member

    Its the 6000-6500k light range, and Im using it in place of a glass top, keep the fish from jumping out. xD

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nGhWziY_zh0

    This is the place I got the idea for that spotlight, pretty planted tank
     
  13. Dom90

    Dom90 Fishlore VIP Member

    You'd probably want to check with Dolfan, he's an expert in plants and all.
     
  14. OP
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    Huskiesandfishies Valued Member Member

    Great, It seems these spotlights you just buy and hook up. I Just would have to find a way to hang them or something. Maybe set them on the egg crate, but not sure of that just yet, dont know how heavy they are and what it can support. (Probably have to find a way to hide it and make it look clean too, maybe DIY canopy??)

    Looking at 2x http://www.amazon.com/Outdoor-Equiv...TF8&qid=1437770931&sr=1-9&keywords=flood+lamp for 40 gallon breeder for whoever knows about lighting xD
     
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  15. KarenLM

    KarenLM Well Known Member Member

    They are just under 2.5 lbs each.
     
  16. OP
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    Huskiesandfishies Valued Member Member

    Yeah I found that shortly after, Just wonder how hot they get, a video said not very hot. but I dont want to chance it until I know from first hand experience either lol
     
  17. KarenLM

    KarenLM Well Known Member Member

    LED's are a lot cooler than other types of lighting - I can touch mine with my fingers right now and they have been on for 4 hours - they are barely warm!

    Mine are LED strip lighting sold at LFS. I have 4 sets about 2' long each on my 55gal.
     
  18. OP
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    Huskiesandfishies Valued Member Member

    Does yours sustain plants? I think that DIY project at the start using strip lighting
     
  19. Jswin

    Jswin Well Known Member Member

    That's pretty cool. I may buy that strip light and adhere it to the weak light that came with my fluval spec v tank for some extra boost. Maybe then my Berta won't be living in the shade.


    Sent from my iPhone using Fish Lore Aquarium Fish Forum
     
  20. KarenLM

    KarenLM Well Known Member Member





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