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    Regular Grow Light LEDs / Bulbs or Clip On

    Hey all,

    So I am planning a dedicated nano tank, plants, shrimp and MAYBE a beta. Plants will be the focus.

    So looking at the eheim aquastyle and their basic light fixture design had me wondering about using a basic grow light. Mainly over it looking really good. Has anyone used something similar?

    One thought was like this...



    Another was using a pair or three of something like these... Or two with a basic LED?



    All of these lights have similar light settings... like this:



    My next tank will be between 4 and 12 gallons. And high tech.

    Thoughts?
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    - If plants go beyond anacharis... I have questions.
    - 5 gallons is for more than Bettas

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    So, 30w as an LED is unusually high. Thereby making tge others remarkably higher. Those are normal for grow lights, for stuff like hydroponics, etc.

    The 30w should be more than adequate for a nano.

    I use a 3w puck for my 3g nano with more than adequate results. I have to imagine that a 30w grow light might cause algae issues. I would want some sort of dimming capabilities to be safe.

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    Looking at its voltage, it says 85 volts to 265. That *could* mean the integrated driver on it allows dimming. Or it could mean that the driver is just like an industrial ballast and has a smart keyed transformer with a fixed rate to each transformer.

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    Are hydroponics lights suitable for planted aquariums?

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    They can be. Though some present algae issues.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nick Shades View Post
    They can be. Though some present algae issues.
    About Algae issues: How are these lights compared with expensive Kessil?

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    Ive never personally uses Kessils ouside of a Reef demonstration. I have no authority on any of their products.

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    Those grow lights will grow plants but your tank will look like crap under that spectrum.

    For a nano almost anything will do, the light will not make or break your "success". You will by your care taking of the tank/Scape. You are the biggest variable, not the equipment.

    Here are some simple leds I have used to give you some input into alternative to what you posted.

    Zitrades Fish Tank Aquarium Light Freshwater Saltwater Fish Fixture Flexible LED Aquarium lighting Blue and White 3 Modes 28LEDs 7W with 12V 1A Power Supply for Plant Reef Pet Supplies https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01I6M39GA..._9ch3xbRY5HAWB

    Samyo Aluminium Alloy 7W 3 Mode Flexible Aquarium Clip Tank Lamp 36 LED White & Blue Light with Touchable Inductive Switch White https://www.amazon.com/dp/B019IHQ7JS..._neh3xb5S5FHZ2

    LILYS PET Fish Tank Aquarium Light,Fixture Flexible LED Aquarium lighting (5W, Blue and white light) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01J9RUU18..._Yeh3xbCJ5HE9D

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    This one is cool as a nano spot led.

    Deep Blue Solarflare Micro LED 6700k Light https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00AXNQ9OU..._ljh3xbDETDMTY

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    This LED light works for underground plants. However, I think it also works well for a small tank smaller than 5 gallons. Should you try a Beamswork aquarium led light, it is cheap and work well. Read this for more clip-on aquarium light: https://portlandaquarium.net/clip-on-led-light/
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    To answer your question. Ive used a grow light similar to the one you posted but only for dry starting plants. Its too dark to use as a main aquarium light Asthetcally you will not enjoy the plants or livestock. Any LED with a Kelvin spectrum between 5K and 8K will give you good results as long as the brightness is sufficient. Without getting technical and giving you a PAR or watts per gallon.

    If you have the money to invest in good lighting here are my choices. These lights are the brightest and have the correct color spectrum to show off the plants color.

    1. Azoo flex mini. My 2nd favorite.Expensive yes but its the fraction of the cost of the ADA solar mini.
    2. eheim aquastyle 7W of high quality LED makes a huge difference compared to a no name 7W LED thats under $20.
    3. Finnex FugeRay the 10K 67K and pink LED will help plants not melt or melt less during their aclimation
    4. ADA solar mini while not LED I personally think its the best.
    5.ADA aquasky LED Growth and color is great, buts designed for a full planted tank so if you dont plant heavy initially you will have algae issues.

    This is from my experience. Im currently using all these lights mentioned. Ive always been disapointed with the amazon and ebay nano aquarium lights. The price is atractive but you place it on your tank you realize why it was cheap. The Ikea $10 desk LED is acturally a very good light it has grown carpets of hair grass for me. I also have an UpAqua LED I'm testing so I can't give you a review just yet.
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    Victor which is the IKEA light model?

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    Pretty sure he's talking about this one. Many have used this one with decent results.



    http://m.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/art/20169658/

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    yes that one. Bo uses them on his pico tanks too.
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