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post #11 of 12 Old 04-07-2010, 07:44 PM
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Once you did decide on the substrate , plants and fish. The light will have to be decided. It will depends on what you do have and the look you wish to have. Fluorescents and/or LED's, It is really up to you.
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post #12 of 12 Old 04-08-2010, 11:32 AM
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I don't think LEDs are evolved enough to be useful- True, they grow good plants, but unless you want to get a "plant light" (which will make your tank dark with a slight tinge of purple) I'd go with flouro tubes or CFL's.

Measuring watts of LEDs are also tricky- a 5W LED system for plants can't be measured in lumens accurately, and the watts (wpg) will also be distorted.

At least with flouros there's enough people using them and enough documentation, you can ask lots of people for help.

LEDs might be a good investment after you've got some experiance under your belt, but I wouldn't use them for your very first tank.

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