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post #1 of 15 Old 08-25-2012, 11:26 PM Thread Starter
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Is a Marineland LED light good?

I have a 36 gallon Bowfront.I just bought the glass canopy for it and i was told to get the Marineland LED reef lights.That it would just make everthing in my tank (POP).Including plants.Will plants be ok with this kind of light?The aquarium isn't set up.Just waiting for everything to buy and taking my time in researching fish for it.
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post #2 of 15 Old 08-26-2012, 07:49 AM
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Could you quote the numbers of/on the bulbs for us. I had the totally wrong bulbs too. Don't know if I can advise you but we would need to know the numbers on the bulbs to help. thx
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[QUOTE=Jakiebabie;1214462]Could you quote the numbers of/on the bulbs for us. I had the totally wrong bulbs too. Don't know if I can advise you but we would need to know the numbers on the bulbs to help. thx[/QUOTE

It's a Marineland 36 to 48" reef light.

1w 10,000 white/460 blue LED
42 LED (1 watt)
36-10,000 (white)
6-460 nm (blue)
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It has somewhat mixed reviews from what I have read. Most complain of dark spots in the aquarium, or not having enough light in general. I can't speak from my own experience, just what I have found from others posts on this particular product.
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I'm wondering why a reef light is recommended for a FW planted tank...? And I am asking that because I had the wrong bulbs and was advised to change them as I have a planted tank. SW and FW have entirely different needs. Am I wrong? Can anyone chime in here?
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The Marineland "reef capable" LED fixture is too much light for most Freshwater tanks in my opinion. Even their "double bright version is a bit too much unless you're planning to grow plants that require higher lighting.

I have the Coralife Aqualight 30 inch fixture on my tank with (2) T5 Bulbs & you can find that for a little more than $100 on Amazon.com The key is to change out the Actinic bulb for a Freshwater Colormax bulb. Actinic bulbs are intended to be used in saltwater tanks and although they aren't bad for the fish or plants, they make the plants look yellow.

Here's a link:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/B002P9R2GO/ref=sr_1_2_olp?ie=UTF8&qid=1346078756&sr=8-2&keywords=coralife+30&condition=new
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I'm wondering why a reef light is recommended for a FW planted tank...? And I am asking that because I had the wrong bulbs and was advised to change them as I have a planted tank. SW and FW have entirely different needs. Am I wrong? Can anyone chime in here?
It won't hurt the fish or plants but it makes the colors all appear more yellow. My Cherry Barbs looked burgundy.............
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It won't hurt the fish or plants but it makes the colors all appear more yellow. My Cherry Barbs looked burgundy.............
How did you put 2 bulbs in there?I can't even figure how to get the one bulb out.lol..It looks like it's sealed in there
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How did you put 2 bulbs in there?I can't even figure how to get the one bulb out.lol..It looks like it's sealed in there
Oh Duh...You just told me the fixture you have.HEHE!Marinland makes a single light fixture also.Would that work?I want the blue LED's also
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How did you put 2 bulbs in there?I can't even figure how to get the one bulb out.lol..It looks like it's sealed in there
Oh Duh...You just told me the fixture you have.HEHE!Marinland makes a single light fixture also.Would that work?I want the blue LED's also

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