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Pep 04-26-2011 03:20 PM

LED's for planted tanks
Has anyone experimented with LED's or actually uses them still for planted tanks. I know they were supposed to be the next rage but were expensive. They are coming down in price now so I would be curious to know any updated info. Thanks

lorax84 04-26-2011 07:42 PM

I haven't sat down and really looked into LEDs in a while, but the LED you would need for a planted tank are still pretty expensive.

DKRST 04-26-2011 07:47 PM

I looked into it, and the generic "light your tank" LEDS are not too bad. The ones with the proper spectrum for plants are still, in my opinion, not yet cost-effective. At least, I can't afford them!

zof 04-26-2011 08:31 PM

Agreed the LEDs with the intensity and spectrum for the planted tank are just to costly to justify investment.

Pep 04-26-2011 08:43 PM

Thanks for the input everyone.

SinCrisis 04-27-2011 11:21 AM

I'm running LEDs on my fluval edge, its rated for 6500k but the reaction from my plants arent as spectacular as my plants under a CFL. They can be expensive but if you DIY, it can be fairly cheap, My MR11's cost 25 bucks for 2 bulbs, but they are expected to last for much longer than halogen and will keep their spectrum for longer than CFLs.

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