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Deep Vert lighting ?
#1
Just curious as to what everyone is using on their verts. Especially single 40 gallon verts. i just use a couple 6500k 25w cfls on my 40 vert and they work good but lack good light at the bottom. Plants tend not to look as good farther down.
Garrick H.
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#2
40 gallon , even 20 gallon "long" vert tanks are indeed very deep. Most people are not using tanks that deep because of lighting, as you say.

Go to home depot and check out their 65watt compact "outdoor" flood light. I have two - they are easy to rig to an indoor regular electirc cord. They are very good at lighting deep areas and broms like the brightness too.

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#3
For my 20L verts I just have a clamp light with a Sylvania CFL mini bulb in it. My plants through out the viv grow very well. My brom coloration isn't the best though.
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#4
I don't have a vert yet but plan on building a 40g long vert here in the next few months. There was a member(Z brinks maybe?) on said other site that had verts and they looked really natural in the sense that the way he planted them was really low light plants to the bottom and higher lighting plants to the top.

I would assume that in the jungle where it is dense there would be little light anyway and specific plants would grow there that adapted or thrive in little light....So in a lot of ways the manner which they are planted and species of plants can and should dictate how much lighting should be used. I am still looking to this topic myself so any info is good info at this point.
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#5
Yeah....deep verts can be cool - and very "natural", like the Tropical Canopy, as you say.

My temp ranges in a 20 high vert are:

@ 90 right at the top under the glass where the spot light sits

@ 81-83 in the upper portion - this is where the Basti is "Basking"

@ 78-76 in the lower leaf litter portion.

Very neat temp range. I like it.
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#6
Yea I like how verts seem to have their own micro temp climates to which the frogs can self regulate the temps they want or need...Pretty interesting stuff.
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#7
It is a very neat temp range and my temps are close to Phils but more like 87 at top 78-76 middle and 73-75 at the leaf litter. That is a 40 vert with two 25w cfl bulbs.

Has anyone thought of using LED spot light bulbs in 6500k to say "beam" a little extra light to the bottom of a vert? You could direct the light and it really wouldn't add enough extra heat to worry about. Like this one on ebay.
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?Vi ... vi-content

I know there are led light hoods but I'm talking about just to put a little light farther down the tank. Any thoughts?
Garrick H.
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hutch0203 Wrote:It is a very neat temp range and my temps are close to Phils but more like 87 at top 78-76 middle and 73-75 at the leaf litter. That is a 40 vert with two 25w cfl bulbs.

Has anyone thought of using LED spot light bulbs in 6500k to say "beam" a little extra light to the bottom of a vert? You could direct the light and it really wouldn't add enough extra heat to worry about. Like this one on ebay.
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?Vi ... vi-content

I know there are led light hoods but I'm talking about just to put a little light farther down the tank. Any thoughts?


If we could find these in the right spectrum range.....
LED cannon
http://reefbuilders.com/2010/07/23/cann ... lue-white/
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Azurel Wrote:If we could find these in the right spectrum range.....
LED cannon
http://reefbuilders.com/2010/07/23/cann ... lue-white/

I saw some somewhere.. 6k-ish daylight it said. They were for lighting parking lots.
I will see if I can figure out where.
There was also one that had a built in fluid circulating cooling radiator and 4" cooling fan. It was 100 watt chip.
Group buy?? :lol: Confusedhock:
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#10
LOL....Deep pockets group buy. That same site had an article about a new 100w chip cannon.....Could have been something similar about the same company.
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