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Old 09-23-2020, 08:24 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I am a fresh newbie her to planted tanks.
Having taken my reef tank down a little over a year ago. I have been contemplating setting it back up but as freshwater this time.

Is anyone familiar with Radion reef lighting?
Has anyone used them for a planted tank?

For those unfamiliar. All channels (Royal Blue, Light blue, Red, Green, White and UV)can be independently controlled from one another. As well, the intensity can also be controlled separately from the colors.
Rather than buy new lights, I'd prefer to use what I have.

Any thoughts?
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Old 09-23-2020, 08:43 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Lights arent my specialty, but it sounds like you could find a spectrum prefered by plants and just match the numbers with your light.
Welcome and tell us your tank specs and plans - high/low tech, El Natural, livestock, etc.
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Thanks for the welcome.
My tank is a Planet Aquariums 150 gallon. 60" 24" 24".
I plan on using the Ice Cap 36 sump along with a Neptune Apex to control most aspects.

I am just now starting to get back in the game. So really have no goodies to speak of yet.
I do plan on going with both high and low tech plants and will be gathering the required CO2 goodies possibly this weekend along with substrate, rocks, wood and the like.

I am not focusing too much on a super heavy planted aquarium but a balance of fish and plants. Discus, Angel's, Tetras, and Apistos.
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Nice! Sounds mostly South American. I have a 75 g w angels I'd like to redo, pull the dirt, add more wood/banked areas, and go with mostly non root feeding plants with a fish list similar to yours.

You wont get as many replies here, but some really knowledgeable contributors.
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Plants can use blue, red, white. No need for UV but green makes it look good to our eyes.
The intensity you'll need to adjust. We use PAR, photosynthetic active radiation, to measure the light. If you'll use injected CO2, you can have higher PAR. If not, best to use lower PAR.

Algae and plant growth will tell you if you have too much or too little light.
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Human eyes are lousy PAR meters! It takes more equipment than almost all of us would want to set a specific light spectrum. We just can't identify spectrums with just our eyes. If I had that light system I think I would cut the near UV intensity way down to maybe 10%, then judge how much more adjustment to do based on how the fish colors look, how the plants look. If that light has a near IR channel I would try to set it as high as I could without making everything look odd. But, biggest problem would be adjusting the light intensity. If you are used to salt water lighting systems you will most likely want more intensity than is wise. So, try to borrow a PAR meter and use it to get the PAR around 30 - 90 at the substrate level, depending on whether you want to use a good CO2 system or not.
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Thanks for the tips.
I don't know the particulars but my local fish store pro. Suggested that I do CO2 injection post return pump so as not to waste most to the atnosphere.

As for the lighting, there are also factory presets at certain Kelvin.
I.E. 5000, 6000, 6500, 7000, so on and so forth. These presets can be tweaked as well as going full custom.

Seeing as they cost a rather pretty penny for each (I have 3) I'd prefer to use them rather buy new.
If anything, I can use 1 or 2 on my wife's future reef build.

As I am an admittedly newbie to "True" planted tanks.
Are there any , foreground, mid and back ground plants that are easy (so to speak) yet offer a color contrast as opposed to just different shades of green?
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Check out the plants here
https://tropica.com/en/plants/
In the search area, you can choose the difficulty levels and usage levels to give you plant ideas.

Cover up your sump too so CO2 doesn't escape.
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