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Desiree

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After some searching online, I've found a few companies selling aquarium strip lights made of LED's. I'm curious, has anyone tried these yet? In theory, they are designed to let off substantial light, which would be great for plants and the fish, yet at a lower energy cost! I'm intrigued, and would love to hear if anyone has tried these out. Here are some examples:

http://www.bigalsonline.com/StoreCatalog/ctl3684/cp18366/si4461235/cl1/double_bright_led_lighting_system_24__36?&query=LED&queryType=0&hits=12&offset=

http://www.bigalsonline.com/BigAlsUS/ctl3684/cp18366/si2989513/cl0/currentusa1225powerbriteledlightfixture10000kdaylight

http://www.current-usa.com/powerbrite.html

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I have LED lighting in my main tank.

My tank is large (100gallons-ish) so I have alot of LED lights but still keeps the electric bill down.

I have these :-

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Aquarium-led-lighting-professional-UK-manufactured-FS_W0QQitemZ250566192960QQcmdZViewItemQQptZUK_Pet_Supplies_Fish?var=&hash=item800eafd700

They are however not nearly as bright as a normal tube in the tank and the tank can look quite dark on very sunny days although it looks fine in the evening, I have had them in smaller tanks where I think they work better but they do struggle with the depth of my main tank a bit (70cm).

I have a mix of white ones and full spectrum ones (which I think you need for plants) it does give out a much more white light instead of the warm colour most tubes give off so may not appeal to some people.

I love the way they shimmer though with the water surface movement and the fact they are directional so you can aimt he lgiht where you want it with mine as I made up the mounting brackets for them.

I do also have normal tubes which I turn on if I want it brighter, like for taking pictures, but only have them on a few times a year as the LED's are generally bright enough.

I have a quite heavily planted tank with low light loving plants and some crypts and they all do fine, it is difficult to tell if it stops so much algea growth as I have a pleco in the tank.

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I have a 30 gallon tank.

With two of these: http://www.bigalsonline.com/BigAlsUS/ctl3684/cp18366/si2989511/cl0/currentusa1225powerbriteledlightfixture10000k460actinic

and two of these: http://www.bigalsonline.com/BigAlsUS/ctl3684/cp18366/si2989513/cl0/currentusa1225powerbriteledlightfixture10000kdaylight

Actually, just one powered set and one linked module each. They are expensive, but, the character of the light is great, they only use 16 watts total power (25% of CFLs), they don't heat the tank at all, there's plenty of light, and LEDs last f o r e v e r .

Take a peek at them here: http://dolphinnet.dlinkddns.com:8088

user name: kokonuts

password: kgw

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Very nice! Your fish are beautiful! Yes, I was looking into those exact lights for my 30 gallon. I really want to have a planted tank and I'm curious if a set up like that with two LED strip lights would be sufficient. Have you had any luck with plants in your tank with these LED's? I feel like it's near impossible to figure out an equivalent for the 3-4 wpg when it comes to LED's.

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I don't think 2 sets would do it. I have dull foil under the tank and glass bottom so the light reflects back into the tank. It's still a little dim with only 2 (8 LEDs) on.

I have four sets (12 white and 4 actinic) and the algae grows really well if I let it be. The character of the light is quite different than CFLs or regular fluorescent.

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This is my tank with the LED lights and is planted, the photo was taken with fluorescents to make it a bit clearer but I don't use them normally and my low light plants do fine with just a bit of plant food.

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