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Cheap LED

Discussion in 'Lighting' started by Progen, 16 Feb 2017.

  1. Progen

    Progen Member

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    So I came across these cheap LED lights at my local shop and suddenly all that talk about getting what you paid for went out the window because for slightly more than USD20 for a 4' three row LED light, BRAND NEW, how wrong can you go???

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    Their spread is pretty narrow though although most lights 3 -4 times the price are about the same.

    Here's how it looks on my tank. I'll use them for a few more days and if they're still working after that, I'll get two more to light up the back.

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    ps. As expected when you don't pay what's 'right', it comes wrapped in plastic in a box with the two wire stands and that's that. No warranty, no instruction manual and no free trip to the Bahamas. On / off switch is on the cable. Unit is 5" wide and about 0.5" high.
     
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  2. Progen

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    Considering that my Anubias near substrate level was oxygenating, I don't think they are as crap as I'd feared.
     
  3. Progen

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    Ghost shrimp at substrate. Light was about 19" above, water level about 16 - 17".
     
  4. three-fingers

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    Careful with that "ghost shrimp", it's Macrobrachium lanchesteri rather than Palaemonetes paludosus which is usually sold ghost shrimp in the US. Proper ghost shrimp are smaller with weaker arms and claws and don't have the striped markings.

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    is far more common in the UK as it is raised as a food species in many countries and seems easier/cheaper to source. You live in Malaysia where they are actually aquacultured for food, so they must be widely available and super cheap!

    Here's one of my old ones eating a cherry shrimp it caught (they will catch and eat small fish like neons too):

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  5. Progen

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    They are indeed sold as feeder shrimp, usually for arrowanas, and go for about USD0.25 per 20.
     
  6. three-fingers

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    That certainly is cheap! They are sold as "freshwater shrimp" in Pets@Home for about £3.75 each here - so just under $5 each :lol:.
     

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