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Old 07-14-2013, 03:31 AM   #1
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Led system

Hey everyone, I was watching some video on YouTube when I saw an advertisement for an led system that was just a strip with an adhesive side. This also had a remote to change color, function and all the bells and whistles. I was set to get it until I saw the price, which was around $75 for around 12". But after some searching on eBay I found the same thing made by a different company, and it was not aquarium specific. But it was water proof. It was $36 for 16'. You can cut these to shorten the length. Do you think it's a good buy? I have a 55 African cichlid, and a 30 gallon planted community.
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Old 07-14-2013, 03:49 AM   #2
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The LED strip you seen was the new Current Satellite LED plus flex strip. I have two 24" Current Sat Plus fixtures (not the flex strips) and absolutely love them. They have white daylight LEDs (6500k) along side the RGB diodes. RGB chips are good for color enhancement and for complimenting all white LEDs by adding a subtle extra reds, greens, and blues for a "full spectrum" effect. This is beneficial for plant growth and color reflection in plants and colorful fish. Probably the light strips you seen on eBay are for all RGB lights, these will be very low in PAR (photosynthetic available radiation) and won't really benefit plants without a higher PAR fixture to work along side it.

Finnex makes budget friendly LED fixtures for growing plants. Or the Current fixtures I mentioned earlier would be nice but are more expensive...
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Old 07-14-2013, 11:39 AM   #3
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I understood maybe two words. I am far from a tech wiz. Here is the link, could you visit and scope it out for me? Thanks! http://item.mobileweb.ebay.com/viewi...d=130842043864
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So are you going to add these to the light fixtures you have now? Not as a stand alone lighting solution right?
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Hopefully stand alone, I was going to tape them to the glass that the light I have now goes through, and remember I can double and tripple the leds because its long enough.
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Might be okay for the cichlid tank if it's fish-only... Might look dim though and the white light setting might look pinkish. The planted tank however, I don't think those RGB lights are strong enough to support plants. What type of plants do you have and what are the dimensions of that tank? I think for the planted tank, you can mix those RGB lights to work in collaboration with a Finnex Fugeray for instance for low to moderate light plants.
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Old 07-14-2013, 06:58 PM   #7
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Yeah I have a 30 tall, with low light plants, excluding my dwarf hair grass, I am thinkig of adding java fern.
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So I seriously doubt the DHG would survive under those RGB lights. It's really hard to say because there's no PAR data nor do you have a PAR meter to determine the level of light you're getting. But if you're determined to get those RGB lights, keep in mind that if you see your plants not fairing well, additional light should be added.
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I bought these for my 55g freshwater tank and I had a old light housing laying around and did this


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The last pic was it on the white. It's not very white!!


I had bought the wire connectors to make them link together on each wire run. And yes the white is not white it's off pinkish.
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My dhg is already wilting, I have a standard florescent light right now, dont know it because I bought it and the tank 2nd hand and the numbers are scratched off.
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