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Old 02-18-2012, 10:49 AM   #1
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I'm building a vertical turf scrubber for my new 95 gallon tank. The box and the screen and plumbing is no problem. What I am having a problem with is the lights to grow the screen. I want to use LEDs, but I don't know what kind are the best, and how many to use. I have heard warm whites are good for algae growth, but I have also heard on the same account that red LEDs work as well. The screen will be roughly 16 inches long by 6.5 inches tall.


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Old 02-18-2012, 12:18 PM   #2
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Try Lights of American Flood lights. It will emit around 6500k, which is ideal for cheap plant lights. Plus, these lights emit a lot of watts. I'm planning on using it to grow some chaeto. I think its around 13"x7", which is pretty close the dimensions of your screen.
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Do you by any chance have a link to them? I had originally planned on building my own, but if they are fairly cheap then it would be easier to buy them instead if dealing with the DIY headache.
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Amazon.com: Lights of America 9265 65 Watt Fluorescent Flood Light, White: Home Improvement

They come in 27w, 65w, and 100w. From the reviews that I've read, they don't last long. For the price, I didn't expect them to last long. Maybe a year or two before they go out.
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Amazon.com: 10 Watt LED Waterpoof Outdoor Security Floodlight 85-264V AC, 3701WH: Home Improvement

Would these work as well? I like the idea of having the LED over the Fluorescent.
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Sure it can work.
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6500k is too high IMO/IME...you want the warm light not cool..More like 2700-3000K...I have always used and have great growth with the spiral bulbs ..Can't give much info on the LED's though
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http://www.amazon.com/Waterpoof-Outd...1&sr=1-3-fkmr0

This one is 3200K, better?
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I'm sure that would work,,just curious,but why are you set on getting this type ,,LED i mean?You can get 8 spirals for that price..I also think you'll still need some type of reflector ..Those lights are meant to have a spread and not be concentrated to a small area,such as your screen..There will be a lot of wasted light.
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6500k is too high IMO/IME...you want the warm light not cool..More like 2700-3000K...I have always used and have great growth with the spiral bulbs ..Can't give much info on the LED's though
What happens if its too high?
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