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Old 04-08-2013, 08:17 PM   #1
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Aquaticlife led .5 watt freshwater

Just bought this light for my 20 gallon tall and I'm a bit disappointed I expected it to be much brighter for the price and with what experience I have with led lights I figured 9 watts would give me more bang for my buck. Does anyone else have any experience with led aquarium lights that could add there input please?

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Old 04-08-2013, 09:12 PM   #2
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I got a truelumen pro for my 90 gallon and when I lit it up over my 20 gallon just to see if it works I was so impressed I got a 24" one for the 20. Soooo much brighter then the t8 it came with. The reason it looks dim is because you have a tall tank so the PARs on the bottom are very low. You can add another strip or sub with a ho t5. Or return it and get the truelumen pro strip, its 16 watts with ho drivers.
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I got a truelumen pro for my 90 gallon and when I lit it up over my 20 gallon just to see if it works I was so impressed I got a 24" one for the 20. Soooo much brighter then the t8 it came with. The reason it looks dim is because you have a tall tank so the PARs on the bottom are very low. You can add another strip or sub with a ho t5. Or return it and get the truelumen pro strip, its 16 watts with ho drivers.
I have some led lights that came with the tank when I use them with the aquaticlife led I lose the shimmer effect. I can't win lol
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I have some led lights that came with the tank when I use them with the aquaticlife led I lose the shimmer effect. I can't win lol
That sucks. I don't use the hood of mine after I got the strip. The evaporation is a bit higher but its no big deal. And when the water temp goes up I just turn on the ceiling fan and it helps a lot. The shimmering with my strip is beautiful, next time I'm home I can make a short YouTube video.
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The light was for my ebjd with the old light I couldn't even see the little guy so I guess it's not that big of a deal. I just need to find a way to make the tank brighter without losing that shimmer besides dropping another 80 bucks on another light :-(
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That sucks. I don't use the hood of mine after I got the strip. The evaporation is a bit higher but its no big deal. And when the water temp goes up I just turn on the ceiling fan and it helps a lot. The shimmering with my strip is beautiful, next time I'm home I can make a short YouTube video.
I don't use a hood on my 75 but I have to on the 20 or the trapdoor snails will escape
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The light was for my ebjd with the old light I couldn't even see the little guy so I guess it's not that big of a deal. I just need to find a way to make the tank brighter without losing that shimmer besides dropping another 80 bucks on another light :-(
But why spend $ on something you're not pleased with. I'd return it and get the right one.
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But why spend $ on something you're not pleased with. I'd return it and get the right one.
Guess so but it's the only led they sell I might just supplement it with a high output light and turn it into a planted tank. I tend to so that a lot lol
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You don't buy online?
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You don't buy online?
Usually but the light I bought would have been more expensive to buy online so I decided to go for it. I think the reason it seems dim is because the tank next to it has 2 dual t5ho fixtures lol.
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