Would these lights work?

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  1. Lowflyer7

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    Hi guys

    Would the mini LED spotlights you buy for outside your house work in a fish tank. Picture attached! The light is 10watts, 800LM and 6000k.

    I would like at putting two above my 4 foot tank.

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    Will work yes, 6000k is good, install a timer to run approx 8 hours a day
     
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    @f-fish what are your thoughts?

    Two of these over a 4 foot?
     
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    Thanks Hein
     
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    It won't grow plants very well as it's not a full spectrum LED light.

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    I have those exact lights over my 3ft tank. Works okay. Grows algae very well. My plants are looking good - its a crypt tank though so they dont need much
     
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    Excuse my ignorance but what is a crypt tank?
     
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    cryptocorynes - most of them require little light and are quite undemanding. I have mostly cryptocoryne parva but also a little petchii pink in this tank.
     
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    Thanks. So basically... the type of plant I need hahaa
     
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    I like crypts as they as easy to grow and grow slowly so require minimal maintenance.
     
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    So which DIY light will have the full spectrum?
     
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    Does it have to be an LED light? I am actually quite a fan of a 6500k T5 light. Bulbs are not expensive and last about 2 years. Gives a nice output
     
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    I'm looking at LED as there are many low cost options. I am only planning on keeping plants that are relatively undemanding.
     
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    Please tell us which ones, Brand, etc
     
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    Hmm not the greatest lover of spot lights. They lack a good light spread so you end-up putting more and more on that tank to the point that you almost have an entire strip of 10watt spots ...

    Later Ferdie
     
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    I think I use Osram 6500K T5 lights - any T5 6500 bulk works. If you want to go to 10000K that assists with growth but costs about 3 or 4 times the price of a 6500 K light
     
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    T5 lights are quite expensive aren't they?
     
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    Not really. The ballast will set you back a few hundred but once you have this bulbs are less than R100 if I recall. I only replace every 2 years so its not too bad. It is more expensive than the cheap LEDs but for my applications it is completely worth it IMO. I use LEDs on my breeding tanks which only have moss in and for that they are fine.
     

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