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  1. #1
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    LED lights and planted tank

    Well now that I am almost done with my fishroom. My next project is going to be a 75g planted tank, which is still about 6 months away. This will give me enough time to get everyone's inputs. It will be the only tank not in the basement. I plan to use LED light strips, but plants is like a foreign language to me, so I needed some inputs. First, what kind of LED lights do I need. Would plain pure white 5050 lights work or do I have to add some RGB lights? Second and more confusing question is how much light? I don't know what kind of plants yet so I guess it would be hard to decipher.

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    Thats a very good question. I'll look into it.

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    I feel like some of plant guys like to stick with what they know works and there has not been much experimentation with them. I plan on doing one myself and trying bright white 50/50. RGB would work too that ways you can play around with the settings.

    Theres a lot got good info here:
    http://forum.nanfa.org/index.php/top...ok-at-results/
    Adam Anderson

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    Thanks for the link and add to the CIAPE FB.

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    50/50 while it will bring out the colors of your fish, won't be too beneficial to the plants. The ideal spectrum you are looking for is anywhere from 6000k-7000k. Typically referred to by manufacturers as daylight. If you are creating your own I would definitely mix it up a bit. But the vast majority of the light should be geared toward the plants.

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    I just bought a Finnex Ray II 48" LED light. I will update you in a few weeks.

    http://www.circlecityaquariumclub.co...n-planted-tank!

    I looked at buildmyled.com, and marineland plant LED (among others).

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    I'm finding a best LED light for planted aquarium and I find your post. Thanks for the great question.
    Keeping fish is very happy, I have started with my first 5 gallon fish tank and then I understand a 20 gallon fish tank kit is better for a beginer. Then I decide to buy my new aquarium with a best canister filter for it.

  10. #10
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    I have several planted tanks with DIY LED strips for lighting. I used two strips of 120/M bright white 3528 SMDs per one strip each of 60/M blue and red 3528 SMDs. Did several rows of this combo and it seems to be pretty good for plants. I mostly have relatively basic plants like crypts, najas grass, chain sword and anubias now, have grown rotala rotundifolia and similar plants with them.
    -Rebecca

 

 

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