Thread: LED Lighting for Pico Reef
07-28-2013, 07:10 AM #1
LED Lighting for Pico Reef
LEDs are rather new-fangled to me, so I'm not up to speed on how many watts of LEDs need to be used on a reef per gallon. Just wondering if this is still a way of getting an estimate of how much light to use with LEDs? If so, how many watts per gallon of LED is needed for reef? And, more specifically is 8w of LED enough for a 2 gallon reef that's a mere 6 inches deep?50g African Cichlid Tank ♦ 30g Planted Community Tank ♦ 2g Pico Reef ♦ 45g Hex Goldfish Tank ♦ 10g Planted Betta Tank ♦ 55g Oscar & JD Tank ♦ 40g JD Juveniles Tank
07-30-2013, 01:52 AM #2
LED's are measured in par (Photosynthetic Active Radiation), rather than watts.
Do a search on google for reef led lighting and you'll be able to figure out what will work for you. Every set-up is different depending on the type of inhabitants your planning on keeping in that tank.Warning; Bulldog Pleco guarding my Sons tank now..
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08-09-2013, 02:38 PM #3
That sounds like it should be enough but if you are only using one strip the light may be very focused in the tank. LED's have a very tight light pattern. Some come with a reflector and that can help but usually you need at least two to cover more area.
What color temp or brand are the lights you are using? You also might have too much light if the LED's are close to the surface. With a 6 inch depth, direct LED light might burn some of your coral so be careful. I would think two 8w strips mounted 6-8 inches above the water would work well depending on the type of LED's being used.
What kind of things are you stocking in the pico reef?