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  • lxc6 commented on lxc6's instructable Aquarium Aquaponic Wall2 years ago
    Aquarium Aquaponic Wall

    I can forgive one bad pun, but six times in a row is overboard! My cats never managed to catch any fish but I made sure to put up that plastic guard before they figured it out.

    Thanks!

    Yeah I've seen some of your projects! Have you noticed any differences between using colored LEDs vs white LEDs?

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  • lxc6 commented on lxc6's instructable Aquarium Light from LED strips2 years ago
    Aquarium Light from LED strips

    I don't have a light meter so I can't tell you the PAR, PUR, or LUX. Never even heard of PUR before this. This will probably only work for low light plants though (or you can just add more light strip for more brightness). If you trust amazon.com reviewers, the spectrum is around 7000k but I think they are just guessing. Here's the light strip I bought: http://amzn.com/B00ASVGI8O. I've noticed new growth on my crypts and banana plants since doubling the lighting.If your'e worried about brightness you might want to get strips with 5630 LEDs rather than the 5050s that I used. They are a higher wattage and claim to be twice as bright (and 5050s are supposed to be twice as bright as 3528 LEDs). As for heat, mine are cool to the touch at all times. The aluminum is a substantial heat sink but...

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    I don't have a light meter so I can't tell you the PAR, PUR, or LUX. Never even heard of PUR before this. This will probably only work for low light plants though (or you can just add more light strip for more brightness). If you trust amazon.com reviewers, the spectrum is around 7000k but I think they are just guessing. Here's the light strip I bought: http://amzn.com/B00ASVGI8O. I've noticed new growth on my crypts and banana plants since doubling the lighting.If your'e worried about brightness you might want to get strips with 5630 LEDs rather than the 5050s that I used. They are a higher wattage and claim to be twice as bright (and 5050s are supposed to be twice as bright as 3528 LEDs). As for heat, mine are cool to the touch at all times. The aluminum is a substantial heat sink but it's probably not needed. I think the LEDs are spaced out enough on the strips to not overheat.

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