converting lighting from marine to planted fresh

famoej

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I converted a red sea max 130d 34g cube to a freshwater planted running C02.
The current lighting consists of compacs 50/50 110 watts.

The tubes are about a year old and I understand that they start to swing towards red with age. No algae issues, but don't know what to do about replacement.
Considered LED conversion but seems expensive.

Thoughts?
 

Tom Barr

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T5's are an option also.

LED will cost a fair amount but perhaps not so bad on a Cube, which is better for LED.

GE make a nice plant PC 55 W bulb, the 9275K, has a very nice red spike and yeilded good results.
That's the cheapest fix.

T5's, 4x 24W will do well and you will get about 150+% more light than the PC with a little less watt, bulbs are cheap and will be around and for a long time still.
LED's, there's a few different ones out there, they seem to do pretty good.

If it's the 24" width, then there's a lot to chose from with prices all over the place.
 
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I haven't seen that Radion light before, are you using one Gus?
 

ropate

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It's amazing!! Using it now for 2 months. Full control. Eleo belem carpeting well and lud. Inclanata pantanal going nuts
 

ropate

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gus6464 said:
The new Radion XR15 Freshwater is also an option. With the 80deg TIR lens and hanging it high it would cover that cube pretty easily with good penetration. At $299 with a controller that does a bunch of functions it's not a bad deal. Each color is also on it's own channel.
http://ecotechmarine.com/products/radion/radion-xr15-freshwater/
Agree with gus. Have 2 on a 3 foot and the spread is great. It comes standard with wide angle lenses. 1 would easily cover the cube.


Control over spectrum and timed shifts throughout the day is fantastic. No need for the wifi controller as usb connection to your laptop is quite easy.