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post #11 of 26 Old 08-03-2013, 04:32 AM Thread Starter
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Hi Jeff! The only writing at all on the light system says JY-LED Cook Lamp(14.5x500) 2010.07.22 Y-L794 , and I have no idea what that means. If you do, please tell me. :) It is a type of strip lighting for the top of the aquarium case which my aquarium is fitted with. I am looking at other lighting options, since I'm not sure about this one. I also plan to take it to the aquarium shop with me today to ask the guys there what they think about it. The writing looks like a bunch of gobbldiegook to me. I'm still learning, and I also live in the UK where they tend to measure things/write things out differently, so I'm not sure if it's a lost in translation thing. Any info/advice is appreciated. Thanks for your help on this, and thanks for the info on wattage needed for various types of plants. That, I at least understand, but I don't know how that relates to this lighting system.

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post #12 of 26 Old 08-03-2013, 07:32 AM
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How many bulbs are in the strip?


Total years fish keeping experience: 7 months, can't start counting in years for a while yet.

The shotgun approach to a planted tank with an LED fixture

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post #13 of 26 Old 08-03-2013, 07:40 AM
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Actually, never mind, I thought that it would give a clue for what the numbers might represent. Anything I could find referencing JY and LED are not aimed at anything other than flashlights or, in your term, torches.

The kelvin rating is very important for the plants and it it doesnt have one, then it is only for our viewing, not plant support.

I have two Marineland products, a double bright and a plant specific system, both I liked and they worked well. The current one is almost too much light for my plants but I just toss a lot of floating plants in to shade things.

If you weren't going to have live plants the lighting would be fine.

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Well, looks like I have another week to get things sorted out anyway. The aquarium shop near me is out of a lot of the stuff I wanted to use for set up and won't be restocked until next Friday. In the mean time, I'll look and see if I can't sort something out on the lighting. Thanks for the advice and info! :)
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If you want natural, I use dirt from my yard. About an inch, sloping up in the back to just under two, then capped with washed play sand. Plant the tank 'dry', spraying the plants with water every few minutes.

After they're planted, add a little more sand around the plants, then fill the tank by gently pouring water onto a plate or saucer.
Angelfish love grassy plants like vallisneria, and driftwood.

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If you want natural, I use dirt from my yard. About an inch, sloping up in the back to just under two, then capped with washed play sand. Plant the tank 'dry', spraying the plants with water every few minutes.

After they're planted, add a little more sand around the plants, then fill the tank by gently pouring water onto a plate or saucer.
Angelfish love grassy plants like vallisneria, and driftwood.

Nice! :) I never thought about just using regular dirt from the yard. I think I'd have to dig up my flower bed to make that work though, so I'll be using the stuff from the fish shop. However, I already have my play sand and drift wood ready to go! :) Thanks for the advice on plants that Angelfish like... I plan to make them my main fish in the tank anyway, so that will be great. I've got some very fine black gravel (not far off from sand) that I plan to use in some areas of the tank as well.

I had been planning to plant the tank mostly dry. I have my spray bottle ready and waiting. I'm really looking forward to getting this going. I appreciate all the info and advice. :)
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Please be careful digging up dirt!!! You need to do it in a spot that's been untouched by any chemicals of any kind including fertilizers. Its best to go to the woods somewhere that you know is safe. Dig about 2-3" down just below the top layer.

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Please be careful digging up dirt!!! You need to do it in a spot that's been untouched by any chemicals of any kind including fertilizers. Its best to go to the woods somewhere that you know is safe. Dig about 2-3" down just below the top layer.
That's part of why I'm going with the stuff from the fish shop instead of digging my own. We only just moved into this house a couple of years ago, and I have no idea how the back garden has been treated prior to us living here. Awesome info on how to do it though.. thank you! :)
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The Aquarium is all set up, planted and doing well so far. I have another lighting system on order, and have installed a second set of LED lights to help until they arrive. I will post pics up for anyone who wants to see. :) Thanks again for all the advice and helpful tips!
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The Aquarium is all set up, planted and doing well so far. I have another lighting system on order, and have installed a second set of LED lights to help until they arrive. I will post pics up for anyone who wants to see. :) Thanks again for all the advice and helpful tips!

ohh pics!!! Yes please do we love seeing them!!

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