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    Any feedback on AquaPanel LED lighting?

    I've got a CF fixture for my 160 (work in progress) but would like better lighting for a low-tech heavily planted tank. I've still got to finish the stand, so I'm taking the time to websurf/windowshop fixtures.

    I'm looking at LEDs. Hoppy's posts over at TPT forum were a huge help, Milad's LED DIY build as well. Much as I would love to make my own I honestly am not up to the 6' lighting challenge, either in $$ or skill. I admit hoppy's indepth discussion of LED effective involving calculus/charts/saturation and wavelengths left me feeling like I was in college again (and behind on my homework!)

    I found this http://www.sunshine-systems.com/Aqua...p-26482-aq.htm and am wondering if daisy-chaining 2 or 3 would be effective? For the $$ would it be equivalent to a couple http://www.aquatraders.com/LED-Fresh...ht-p/56204.htm (have to suspend).

    Reason for the LED over T5HO? Heat & power draw. I'd like to light 6' of tank with enough to keep low-tech plants happy without having to run fans for the fixtures and bump the A/C down. I'm also a sucker for shimmer

    Open to suggestions, unfortunately budget IS an issue. The 6" fixture with the tank has 4 CF, I'll be moving the 2 CF from the current 40long and buying 2 more to fill empty sockets if it comes down to that.

    Thanks, in advance
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    I'm skeptical of both.
    I can't find dimensions listed for the Aqua Panel, but that may be my browser. If the picture is accurate I count 56 or 64 LED emitters. If the panel is 32 watts, I'd have to suspect 64 1/2 watt emitters which will not penetrate and spread enough to properly light a planted tank.

    The AquaTraders LED strip is a single bright. It's a fish tank light not a planted tank light.
    A Marineland Double Bright will grow plants in a 12" tall tank. The single brights from anyone - might - grow anubias.

    The threads on ThePlantedTank.com are using 3 watt emitters which are powerful enough to penetrate to the substrate of your tank.



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    Thanks for the input. I think I'll stick with the CF and just run 4 x 96w for now.

    I'll wait until things are up and stable, then look at a DIY led array. Following the links at http://********/5717a and using the led calculator at http://led.linear1.org/led.wiz gave me a better understanding of building LED arrays, so that may be a project in the future.

    Thanks for the help
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    Here is a picture of my 75g with DIY LEDs. Crude, cheap and effective. The energy savings and not purchasing new PC bulbs/lamps this year, will pay for the fixtures in nine months. As to the blue gravel, my wife picked it and likes it so it's staying.
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    Marineland is comic out with an LED lighting system for planted tanks. It's supposed to hit retailers shelves around May this year.


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    Quote Originally Posted by stsalerno View Post
    Marineland is comic out with an LED lighting system for planted tanks. It's supposed to hit retailers shelves around May this year.
    The new http://www.marineland.com/sites/mari...l.aspx?id=4653
    Aquatic Plant Lighting System uses 1 watt emitters, but fewer than the Double Brights for the same size tank.
    So, it is brighter than a single bright but not as bright as a Double Bright. Double Brights will grow plants in 12" to 16" tanks.
    The price is great for a fish tank, and not bad at all for a lightly planted low to medium light planted tank. For high light plants or deep tanks, DIY or big $ are the options.



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    After your responses and a LOT of forum searching (Hoppy is the man!) I ordered some leds to play with. I'm going to start with my 10 gallon and 40 grow out first before I commit to the big tank. Nice thing, I can recycle/repurpose the smaller builds when it's time to go big.

    Thanks for the advice, you saved me from throwing money away on something that wasn't going to fit my needs
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