Go Back   Aquarium Advice - Aquarium Forum Community > General Aquarium Forums > General Hardware/Equipment Discussion
Click Here to Login

Join Aquarium Advice Today
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com
 
Old 04-04-2014, 11:18 AM   #1
Aquarium Advice Freak
 
Melissajk's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2013
Location: Mission Viejo, Calif
Posts: 376
Led lighting

What led light do you recommend for my tank. I have a 24 inch Fluva. I bought in January. I got an anemone on monday and he is starting to bleach out. His green is not so green I want to get the proper lighting for him and corals Dow the road. My tank is 24x24x24. 50 gallon.

Sent from my SCH-I545 using Aquarium Advice mobile app
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	1396621025628.jpg
Views:	52
Size:	149.5 KB
ID:	231681   Click image for larger version

Name:	1396621047280.jpg
Views:	65
Size:	119.4 KB
ID:	231682  

__________________

__________________
Melissajk is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-04-2014, 02:33 PM   #2
Aquarium Advice FINatic
 
manbeast's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: pennsylvania
Posts: 916
Full spectrum and inexpensive
http://bit.ly/1dUfb8h

Blue and white with built in timer, I use three of these on my 150,
TaoTronics? TT-AL16 Dimmable Timmer Led Aquarium Light Coral Reef T... http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00COG41H6/..._8VUptb1N7WRTN

For a 24x24 footprint tank one of this type of light should be fine as long as you make sure you get the 120 degree optics
__________________

__________________
manbeast is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-04-2014, 02:52 PM   #3
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
TheTodd's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2012
Location: Palm Springs, CA
Posts: 3,110
Led lighting

Or for about half the price, get the eBay dimmable ones that a lot of people use here. Look almost identical. No timer but you can get those at Home Depot for cheap.

I just got the same aquarium (24x24x24 ) yesterday and that is what I plan to use. It's a 60g. The 20" tall cubes are 50g.
__________________
TheTodd is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-04-2014, 03:06 PM   #4
Aquarium Advice FINatic
 
manbeast's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: pennsylvania
Posts: 916
Quote:
Originally Posted by TheTodd View Post
Or for about half the price, get the eBay dimmable ones that a lot of people use here. Look almost identical. No timer but you can get those at Home Depot for cheap.

I just got the same aquarium (24x24x24 ) yesterday and that is what I plan to use. It's a 60g. The 20" tall cubes are 50g.

I looked for the blue and whites on eBay because they're cheaper but it looks like all the sellers seem to be trending toward the full spectrum's, the one I linked was from the seller supermart165 who seems to be one of the preferred sellers with the buyers on AA
__________________
manbeast is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-04-2014, 03:15 PM   #5
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
TheTodd's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2012
Location: Palm Springs, CA
Posts: 3,110
That link did not work from my phone, but that is who I bought mine from over the holidays. No issues at all with them. I just looked and it does seem like the blue/ whites are tough to find now. I prefer the look over the fulls.
__________________
TheTodd is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-04-2014, 03:20 PM   #6
Aquarium Advice FINatic
 
manbeast's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: pennsylvania
Posts: 916
Never seen the fulls in person I know it's a personal preference thing I was just putting out some suggestions, there is a thread on here somewhere with pics of tanks with full spectrum lights
__________________
manbeast is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-04-2014, 03:54 PM   #7
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
mr_X's Avatar


 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Fairless Hills, Pa.
Posts: 17,895
Send a message via MSN to mr_X
Quote:
Originally Posted by manbeast View Post
I looked for the blue and whites on eBay because they're cheaper but it looks like all the sellers seem to be trending toward the full spectrum's, the one I linked was from the seller supermart165 who seems to be one of the preferred sellers with the buyers on AA
Thats only because everyone's telling everyone that you need the multiple colors or your corals will not grow. I think this is perhaps the only forum that knows better.
__________________
thanks,
Doug
mr_X is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-04-2014, 06:29 PM   #8
Aquarium Advice Addict
Community Moderator
 
Autumnsky's Avatar



POTM Champion
Tank of the Month Award
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Northern Colorado, USA
Posts: 10,346
Quote:
Originally Posted by mr_X View Post
Thats only because everyone's telling everyone that you need the multiple colors or your corals will not grow. I think this is perhaps the only forum that knows better.
SW noob here, following along. So are they useful with colors or who knows for sure??? Tried and true... blue and White? If they have colors too, does it reduce the output of needed colors for the corals?

In outdoors there is sunlight with a broad spectrum of colors, but after the light gets down through the SW depths, is all that is left Blue since it is most penetrating?

Now with other color options increasing due to LED's in a rainbow of color options, could more range of color be beneficial to coral growth. Let me say I am not the scientist here, just a planted tank lover and gardener who (doesn't focus on the scientific data beyond trying to do the best for my plants and fish) likes plants, and it seems corals although they aren't plants use light similarly, mainly in regards to the light spectrum to obtain health and growth.

Since I don't really know anything about it, is the trend now towards more color, instead of only blue and white?

I didn't even know anything about this lighting stuff until about a year+ ago, and now that I am looking at SW, WOW is there ever more to learn!!!
__________________

New to FW fish? First tank in a long time or EVER??? Need some info on keeping fish?
Start here - Aquarium Advice Article https://www.aquariumadvice.com/guide...ater-aquarium/

Community Rules
https://www.aquariumadvice.com/forum...ork&page=rules

FW & SW
Favorite tank right now -12G PRL Shrimp
Autumnsky is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-04-2014, 06:38 PM   #9
Aquarium Advice FINatic
 
manbeast's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: pennsylvania
Posts: 916
Blue promotes the photosynthesis in corals everything else is mostly for the benefit of our personal tastes
__________________
manbeast is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-04-2014, 06:52 PM   #10
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
mr_X's Avatar


 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Fairless Hills, Pa.
Posts: 17,895
Send a message via MSN to mr_X
Both the straight blue and white, and the multicolored units grow and color up corals just fine. No, corals don't even use the reds and greens. They are completely unnecessary.
Corals are photosynthetic like plants, but use an entirely different part of the spectrum.

Let me try to explain what I saw happen in the last few years:

LEDs were introduced, then after experimenting with different wattage the strong fixtures appeared. Folks immediately went out and bought them and put away their metal halides and T5's and cranked up these LED fixtures and they had all sorts of trouble. Bleaching, melting away, you name it.

Many folks went back to their old lighting, but some of them (myself included) hung on to the LEDs and kept experimenting. Just around the time we figured out really how potent these fixtures were (it's quite common to see fixtures that are dimmable now, and rare to see them not adjustable. This wasn't always the case) They came out with the multicolored units. I believe this was a sales tactic more than anything. LED fixture sales slowed, and they needed something to breathe new life into them.
Without a shred of research, people hopped on forums and started telling folks that you NEED the reds and greens, and even adopted a nick name for the violet colored LED- the "UV".
Like I said, at this point we were figuring out how strong they were and now the folks buying the multicolored units started having a little more success.
Meanwhile, all the while I and many others were growing coral under the blues and whites.

Now as you see, the multicolored units are more expensive. I don't see why...they take about the same money to build. You also see them more common than the blue and white models----because that's what the consumer thinks he wants.
I use the straight blue and white units today. I know folks who like the extra colors better. It's simply for aesthetics.
__________________

__________________
thanks,
Doug
mr_X is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
led, led lighting, light, lighting

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
LED vs LED dragonfisher33 General Hardware/Equipment Discussion 21 02-20-2014 07:16 PM
led vs. led which one if any? carey General Hardware/Equipment Discussion 1 09-22-2011 08:45 PM
To LED or not to LED phytoplankton Freshwater & Brackish - Planted Tanks 0 04-16-2011 06:03 PM







» Photo Contest Winners








Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 08:34 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.