One of the real problems with developing a true aquaponic filter for home aquarists has been the problem of replacing the light from the original canopy. There is little presently available that will do an adequate job of illuminating a fish only aquarium. An LED strip for aquaponic fish tanks is a viable solution for providing light over a fish tank that has been retrofitted with an aquaponic garden system. Thewy are prsently expensive, but as the push towards a LED systems accelerates, the prices surely will begin to drop.
The new Current-USA Satellite + LEDs might not break any coral growing records, it probably couldn’t even keep any corals alive, but it at their affordable pricing they just might be a great solution for fish only systems. The Current USA Satellite LEDs are passively cooled, and the LEDs are only ran at around 0.1 watts, but the fixtures are extremely thin at 0.44 mm. A mixture of RGBs and 6500k white LEDs are used, and are variously controllable through a wireless remote controller. Other features like cloud and lightning simulations are also done through the remote controller.
These strips are just what the doctor ordered, they are extremely thin and produce little if any heat. These lights are not grow lights, they are, however, quite suitable for illuminating “fish only” aquariums that are using an aquaponic filter and need the strong light over the plants. there are plenty of solutions to select from for this application, but finding a bright enough LED strip that will be easy to install under a grow pan has been a problem.
LED Strip for Aquaponic Fish Tanks Needs To Illuminate Just the fish
When retrofitting an aquarium with a homebuilt aquaponics filter such as described here the need for strong plant lights is eliminated. The tank, however, needs some light. This can be difficult to solve when installing a continuous flow aquaponics garden as the nitrate filter. These are usually placed right above the tank and use the aquarium frame to support them. That eliminates the chance of using a standard aquarium canopy or even strip light to give the fish some light. Often, commercial systems simply ignore the problem and leave the fish in the dark, but in the case of the avid fish keeper, the goal is to enjoy watching the fish.
With the advent of LED technology, it is now possible to glue a controllable LED strip for aquaponic fish tanks to the bottom of the continuous flow bed. This gives plenty of light for the fish to see and an aquarist to easily view the fish as well. I think this type of lighting will become more and more popular as the move to stronger nitrate filters gets stronger and more people begin to combine their enjoyment of fish with a small aquaponics garden to supplement their tables with completely organic vegetables and herbs.