Haven't been here in a while, but with the pandemic, I seem to have a lot more time these days
, so thought I'd drop by
A few months ago, my 50 breeder's main light died. The tank was lit by a 96W CF (for the other oldies out there, it was an AH Supply kit) and a 30W standard strip. The 96W died. Rather than trying to find parts which would probably have been hard to get, I decided to try one of the Finnex LED arrays. I never had a PAR meter to measure, but it seemed to be about the same brightness as my 96W light.
So the tank now has the Finnex and the 30W strip as light sources.
The tank is CO2 injected, and has been established for many years. The plants are various Crypts, Anubias nanas and petites, pearlweed, and some Ammania stems. One of the Crypts is Crypt spiralis dwarf variety. It used to grow to the water top with the old set up. With the new lighting, it only grows about 3/4 of the way up, and now there are 2 spathes coming from the stand. I doubt the spathes will break the water surface, but still, it had never done this before in the past.
Anyone with similar experiences?
I don't know if this means that the spiralis is not as happy as it was with the old fixture, or it's happier. FWIW, the Ammania is more red than it ever was.