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09-29-2013, 08:13 PM #11
You seem to have a very different approach than the people over at planted tank. Since I have no plans of pressurized CO2 and unnatural looking carpet scapes (I don't even like lawns for homes tbh), your approach is probably more appropriate for me anyhow. Would you say that your approach is more similar to the Walstad method?
Based on the size of the tank, if I got a plant specific LED it would be pretty high intensity lighting. If I could manage to do some other sort of DIY lighting that was attractive and less expensive I would lean towards that though.
09-29-2013, 08:27 PM #12
I have no direct experience with LED, but, I may be able to help here. If we are still thinking of the smaller tank, 20g, 12g or whatever from post #1, I would suggest you look at the Marineland Double Bright LED. I am actually intending on buying one of these for my 3-foot 33g in the Spring. I almost bought one this past year, but wanted to do a bit more research. I know of others who have this fixture and find it does very well over natural method tanks, which seems to be your direction too. I have seen it locally in a store, and liked the effect. You get the shimmering sunlight effect for example, which is impossible with any fluorescent tube/bulb. And low and moderate light requiring plants grow well according to those who have it.
Aside from this, and for less money, a basic two-socket incandescant fixture works well, using 10w "daylight" (6500K) CFL bulbs. I have this over my 10g and 20g, and the plants are thriving. Interestingly, I have never had algae issues in these tanks. I prefer this over fluorescent tube on these small tanks.
Byron.Byron Hosking, BMus, MA
Vancouver, BC, Canada
Something we all need to remember: The fish you've acquired was quite happy not being owned by you, minding its own business. If you’re going to take it under your wing then you’re responsible for it. Every aspect of its life is under your control, from water quality and temperature to swimming space. [Nathan Hill in PFK]
09-29-2013, 08:42 PM #13
I guess it varies between the nano and low tech subforums for sure. Some of the nano folks are doing 2211s on 5 gallon tanks, and all the high tech jazz (EI ferts, pressurized CO2, etc). I like to read there some but I've always preferred the culture here. It seems like there is more of a trend towards live plants among posters here, which is awesome!