LED wattage to Gallon ratio ?

Discussion in 'LED Aquarium Lighting' started by cpc12, Sep 25, 2011.

  1. cpc12

    cpc12 Spanish Shawl Nudibranch

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  3. thepanfish

    thepanfish Flying Squid

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    Watts per gallon is irrelevant, especially with LEDs.
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    loneracer05 Clown Trigger

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    You should be plenty fine with that fixture
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    then when we are choosing LEDs to set up, what are we suppose to look for if not wattage? The name brand?
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    sticksmith23 Giant Squid

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    You look at PAR, more or less it's all about the PAR values at any given depth that will tell you what can or can not be kept in a tank under certain lighting.
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    Ashevillian Pajama Cardinal

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    I have a 29g Biocube that has a depth around 15"

    What do you think of the 3watt Luxeon LEDs? How many RB and CW's do you think I would need to grow clams and SPS?
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  9. cain

    cain Astrea Snail

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    multiply your tank's lenght x width, you'll get the surafe area, divide the surface area by;
    10 if you want to burn your corals bright
    15 if you want SPS (most people use)
    20 for LPS/softies
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    after you divide the surface area, that's the number of LED's youd want.


    you cant go with watts/gal with LED's.
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    DBOSHIBBY Wobbegong Shark

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    Thats not a very good way to do it either. optics and brand of led will change that very quickly.
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    mikejrice 3reef Affiliate

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    As well as depth of tank.
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    DBOSHIBBY Wobbegong Shark

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    +1
    i have 5 par38s over my 65g so that would be 25 leds. so according to that math i would be below the lps amount of leds. yet i have sps and a clam on the sandbed.