Which is the most popular Light source for planted tank?

Post your quires regarding lighting needs in planted aquariums.

Most popular and efficient lighting source for planted aquariums?

Poll ended at Tue Aug 12, 2014 12:27 pm

Incandescent Light Bulb
0
No votes
T12 Fluorescent Tubes
0
No votes
T8 Fluorescent Tubes
0
No votes
T5 Fluorescent Tubes
10
29%
CFL
1
3%
PLL
8
23%
Metal Halide
3
9%
LED
13
37%
 
Total votes: 35

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Re: Which is the most popular Light source for planted tank?

Unread postby saikumar » Wed Jul 16, 2014 8:22 am

zico_aqua wrote:Finnex are a brand apart all that i can say..i'm not st all satisfied with the diy led that i did for my cube tank so asked my would be brother in law to get me two finnex fixtures in december when he comes back to India :-) had a small talk with few renowned hobbyist from US and Canada and they gave me a thumbs up. Cheaper than most led's in the aqua trade but way better than most out there

can you tell us more about your DIY please? And what went wrong



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Re: Which is the most popular Light source for planted tank?

Unread postby zico_aqua » Wed Jul 16, 2014 8:30 am

Well i used 2*10W led's without lens thinking it would be enough for a 30cm cube tank but light intensity was way less to my exprectation when water was filled up..and due to lower light plants are not at all growing well hence the change
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Unread postby saikumar » Wed Jul 16, 2014 8:44 am

Thanks bro. Which model of Ray are you buying now?

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Re: Which is the most popular Light source for planted tank?

Unread postby SCORPIO » Wed Jul 16, 2014 9:21 am

zico_aqua wrote:Well i used 2*10W led's without lens thinking it would be enough for a 30cm cube tank but light intensity was way less to my exprectation when water was filled up..and due to lower light plants are not at all growing well hence the change


In place 2x10 watt LEDs 6x3 watt LEDs work more efficiently. More LEDs spread more light in place of a single LED of same specification. I also used 3x10 watt LEDs in a 45x30x30 tank but never satisfied. From last 3-4 months I am using 10x3 watt LEDs without lens. Result is satisfactory.
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Re: Which is the most popular Light source for planted tank?

Unread postby zico_aqua » Wed Jul 16, 2014 6:25 pm

Well i'm getting two finnex fixtures so no need to worry on light from next year on :-)
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Re: Which is the most popular Light source for planted tank?

Unread postby ayksyk » Mon Sep 08, 2014 12:33 am

I would suggest not to make the mistake I made and spend too much on lights.

Check with India Mart there are 22 W flat panel LED available at 1000 Rs which you can buy say 2 for 2 Ft tank and attach them to your covers with help from a electrician and this way LEd light will only cost you around 3000 rather than wasting 8k to 10k buying from amazon or any other vendors

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Re: Which is the most popular Light source for planted tank?

Unread postby XIV » Tue Oct 07, 2014 7:41 am

I'm using DIY High Power Led

- 30x20x25 using 12 watt. 4 x white 6500k + 4 x blue 455nm + 4 x white 3200k

- 60x35x30 using 36 watt. 8 x white 6500k + 14 x blue 455nm + 14 x white 3200k

- 30x30x25 using 12 watt. 6 x white 6500k + 2 x blue 455nm + 2 x white 3200k

- Paludarium 40x30x30 using 16 watt. 10 x white 6500k + 3 x blue 455nm + 2 x white 3200k + 1 x red 660nm

- Shrimp tank 40x30x30 using 16 watt. 6 x white 10000k + 3 x blue 455nm + 7 x red 660nm

- Terrarium Carnivorous Plant 50x25x25 using 15 watt. 7 x white 10000k + 3 x blue 455nm + 3 x red 660nm + 2 x green 520nm


I'm using HPL because

1. Cheap
2. Low wattage
3. Do not need replace every 6 month.
4. We can make many spectrum compotition.
5. Plant growth better

But there is one disadvantage using High Power Led. Red plant become green hahahahhaa

NB : I'm using chinese High power led.

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Re: Which is the most popular Light source for planted tank?

Unread postby zico_aqua » Tue Oct 07, 2014 11:37 pm

Ahh! Do you have a build pic or video? Do share it if you can i love watching diy builds
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Re: Which is the most popular Light source for planted tank?

Unread postby anirudh777 » Thu Jul 28, 2016 10:29 pm

LEDs!!