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Old 09-21-2020, 05:56 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Aqueon LED Bars on 125g

Hello Everyone,

I've been gone for about 4.5 years but am back into the journey. I am going to purchase a 125 gallon (the old one is gone with the wind, so starting over from scratch) and it looks like these days everything is LED, and the good ol' "fishneedit.com" T5-HO fixtures I used to use are nowhere to be found. So with the 125, it's an Aqueon and comes with some LED fixtures.

Are those sufficient for low-light plants??? Are the sufficient for visibility (I like a nice 6500k optic for viewing)???

Planned plant community will be based on:
Anubias (probably nana petit...we'll see)
Crypt.retrospiralis
Crypt.parv.(I think that's the little one I used to like)
Microsorum of some variety (not decided)
Fissidens
maybe a red "something" in there if I can find a lotus or something low-light-esque...

Not sure on fish yet...still thinking about it.
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Old 09-21-2020, 03:08 PM   #2 (permalink)
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When the Aqueon LEDs first came out several years ago, we tested them with the club PAR meter. Even with 3 fixtures over a 10 gallon tank, we could barely get enough light to grow anubias. Now they MIGHT have improved, but knowing Aqueon I doubt it. Think of them as "moon lights".

I have been very happy with Finnex fixtures. I use the Stingray model over my shallow Walstad tanks (10g, 15g, and 20 longs, and a Planted Plus over my 75g. The 75 is 21" tall, so if your 125 is not much more than that, the Planted Plus will work. All the Finnex planted tank fixtures are 6500K (I think).

There are a confusing variety of LED fixtures, and many people here know a lot more about them than I do.
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Thanks Michael! I think I remember @davemonkey mentioning Finnex once before, so I'll look into them and see what they've got
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Just as an update I went with the Finnex Plant Plus, using 2 36" fixtures on the 125. I am very impressed with the visuals (color and brightness) as they seem very similar to the t5-ho I used to run. The main difference is that I had to use 4 of the t5 fixtures to get the visuals I am getting with just 2 of these Finnex slims. I am quite impressed. LED's have come a long way since several years ago.
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Mudboots, I thought you were supposed to stay out of the mud?
I am actually just jumping on here again after a very long hiatus. Josh (son) is setting up a 29 gallon, and decided he wants plants. So, I'm trying to figure put fixtures as well.
Do you think the lights you got are "low-moderate" light? That's kinda what he (and I, lol! I'm trying not to take over his tank!) are looking for.
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I just looked at the Finnex fixtures and they seem legit. The "whites"are 7000K and then it has reds and blues interspersed.
Mudboots, does yours come with the "moonlight" option? The one I am looking at for Josh has "moonlight" switch on it.
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On smaller, shallower tanks like 20 long and 40 breeder, I use Finnex Stingray. These are their low-end planted tank model. They give me low-medium light levels: 40 PAR at the substrate. They do have a relatively narrow beam angle, do I had to use 2 over a 40 breeder to get even illumination.
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My Finnex Plant + gives me 45 PAR at the substrate on a 75G through a glass lid. I'm sure it'll be higher without the glass lid.
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My Finnex Plant + gives me 45 PAR at the substrate on a 75G through a glass lid. I'm sure it'll be higher without the glass lid.
Very good to know, thank you. Is there a chart, of sorts, that gives PAR ranges in terms of low, moderate, or high lighting? I recall something like this on the forum from several years back (maybe hoppycalif posted it?), but don't know where to find it.
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When DFW APC bought our PAR meter, we posted this:

"What Do My Results Mean?
There is no universally accepted interpretation of PAR values for aquaria. Here are two proposed scales for comparison. All values are given in micromoles per square meter per second.

20-40 low light
40-100 medium light
100+ high light
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40-70 low light
70-150 medium light
150-300 high light
300-600 very high light

By reporting your results and comparing them to others, you can help to develop realistic guidelines for light levels in planted tanks."

We also took measurements outdoors:

"Some more outdoor pond measurements, taken last month at about noon (atumnal equinox):

Just above the surface--1,700
12" below the surface--1,200
24" below the surface--800"

I don't know if anyone else has proposed PAR values for high, medium, or low light.
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