Here is a new Do-It-Yourself LED light system for my 1 meter long 50 gallon tank. It is replacing HO T5 system that had 4 x 39w lights for a total of 156w. The new system uses 3 x 23w 5K spot lights that can be bought at Lowes. The new system uses only 69 watts and looks much brighter. I should know after a few months if this new lighting system helps control nitrate better than HO T5. Parts list is below the photo.
|ITEM DESCRIPTION||Source||Qty||Price Per Unit||Total|
|23w PAR38 5K LED Spot Light||Lowes||3||$37.98||$113.94|
|BAYCO 10 1/2 in Light fixture||Lowes||3||$15.67||$47.01|
|1 3/8 x 1 3/8 x 47 11/16" Lumber||Lowes||3||$2.97||$8.91|
|Brackets (L shape) 4 per pack 6 needed||Lowes||2||$3.27||$6.54|
|1" Black Mounting Base for Cable Ties 10px||Home Depot||1||$4.36||$4.36|
|Wood Screws #6 x 3/4" 1 box||Home Depot||1||$3.92||$3.92|
|8 in Black Mounting Tie 100pk||Home Depot||1||$8.47||$8.47|
|Pothos (Epipremnum aureum) 6 in pot||Home Depot||1||$7.98||$7.98|
|Spathiphyllum (a.k.a. Peace Lily, Brazilian Sword)||Home Depot||1||$9.98||$9.98|
Here's a couple new photos of this tank. LED's are doing a very good job. Plant growth has been very good. Even though the tank is heavily stock with livebearers, nitrate accumulation has only been about 5 ppm per week. The corkscrew val has gotten much taller than in any other aquarium I have ever kept it in. The leaves on the Crypto. wendtii (Red) are now about 2 inches wide and are getting near the surface.