08-20-2012, 10:57 PM
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Yeah, everything I've seen on LED lights seemed outrageously expensive. I wouldn't say they're worth it yet, unless you can DIY it. The LEDs will use less electricity, probably run cooler, give the water a pretty shimmer effect, and the fixtures can be very streamlined. One of the main problems I found with LED lighting is that there are very limited low-medium light fixtures available.. there were lights that some people said could grow low lights, while others said it could barely grow moss.. and there were plenty of high light options, that were two-three times the cost, plus you would need CO2 and the additional fertilizer.
If you're going with fish only, the marineland double bright led lights aren't too expensive and they may be able to grow anubias and mosses. It'd be a very nice fixture for a fish only tank. Marineland also sells an LED fixture for planted tanks, but again, I feel like it's probably suited for a high tech set up
t all depends on what sort of plants you're planning. I like keeping my tank low tech so I don't get anything brighter than medium lighting. I use Deep Blue's light fixture for planted tanks which holds two normal output t5 bulbs and also has a row of blue LED 'moonlights' which are pretty useless if you keep the light on a timer (the light isn't programmable, so on a timer it's pretty much all or nothing), but I did notice it adds a bit of shimmer to my tank. I've been happy with the light, and Deep Blue sells replacement bulbs so I don't need to worry about finding compatible replacement bulbs.
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