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Old 03-20-2016, 01:00 AM   #11
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Just replaced my last T-5 unit with leds I would never go back to T-5s , I love the lighting the leds bring , the 3 units I just got for my fowlr are in no way as good as the tao-tronics I have over the reef but the lighting is a big difference from T-5's and I won't miss spending $30.x4 a bulb for t-5 florescent , some of the leds I was looking at on google said they would support fresh water tanks with live plants there are just so many to choose from ,
the ones I got were cheap $75. for 3 units but no way these would support coral or fresh water plants , I'm not no lighting expert but for my needs I think they will be ok ,
I was thinking of getting a few more to add to the reef just to brighten up the dark corners

I'm really glad you said that because I was very close to buying a used 2 bulb t5ho from someone. Maybe I'll go with a 3rd LED unit for my tank. It'll be easier to add to my system and I already feel confident about what they can do. I think it'll help as most people recommend 1 LED unit per 2ft of tank length. Sense I have 5ft I've got a dark area in the center with my current setup.


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Sounds about right I needed 2 box LEDs minimum and at one stage had 3 on the 4ft tank (got carried away there).

Perhaps a silly question but nothing for underwater lights that would do? A third box sounds the cheapest I assume but was just wondering.
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They make underwater lights?!?


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for the longest time I had one led box in the center of a 6 ft tank it worked but the height
of the light was way high almost 36" above to kick it across the whole tank , than I added another still had dark spots so now I'm looking at some cheap leds to fill in the dark spots
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Yes, but not sure on reef lights though

Apparently they are common in ponds. I'm trying some cheap strip lights for plants.
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Hmm interesting. I may look into those for my sons Betta fish tank. I think adding a 3rd Chinese LED unit will be exactly what I'm looking for. Although today I think I found something that may be contributing to why my Zoa colony looks spotty and angry. I have vermetid snails and one was right in the center of the zoas. I crushed it and cleared out its stringy net...they are looking better already


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Hmm interesting. I may look into those for my sons Betta fish tank. I think adding a 3rd Chinese LED unit will be exactly what I'm looking for. Although today I think I found something that may be contributing to why my Zoa colony looks spotty and angry. I have vermetid snails and one was right in the center of the zoas. I crushed it and cleared out its stringy net...they are looking better already


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I had to look those up Good news they are looking better.

Are you getting good life spans with the LEDs? One of mine lasted less than 2 years but it was getting very hot under the hood. Gave up and took the hood off.
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It's amazing how these snails just pop up out of nowhere. I'm ok with them in some places but sometimes they literally attach to the base of corals.

I unfortunately can't comment much about the lifespan of the Chinese LED boxes. I got mine used from someone on here who left the hobby. Within a year one of them had a white led go out and it took out the rest with it. It was still $100s cheaper to buy and replace the LEDs vs buying a more expensive fixture tho


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LEDS with T5 supplements.

Do you ever see them as a strip light? I've bought the Chinese LEDs always as box lights.

I'm eyeing off a 4ft LED dimable strip light in a few months but it's about $400. So thought I'd try two $20 underwater lights first.
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I haven't seen the Chinese ones as strip lights. But I almost bought a couple of those buildmyled fixtures. They were really nice and had great reviews. I recently tried to go back to the website and look at them again but they said they weren't making anymore.


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