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Old 04-25-2014, 03:58 PM   #11
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I'm not sure if they have released accurate PAR numbers for the planted+ yet. Last time I checked they were having trouble getting them because the red wavelength (660 nm) with a typical APOGEE quantum PAR meter was not registering. Must be beyond its scope. They needed a more advanced and much more expensive PAR meter to get those values.

But I'd imagine the PAR falls between a regular Fugeray and Ray 2. I'm a big fan of the dedicated red diodes in the Planted+. I believe it adds benefit to plant growth.
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Old 04-26-2014, 01:22 AM   #12
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Hey Brian, would you say that a planted plus would be fine on a heavily planted co2 injected 55 gallon? I'm really contemplating getting one...
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Well that depends on your goals for the tank. If you're cool with medium light plants and don't care too much about developing color, then you'd be okay I believe. You'll probably be around the lower part of medium light. You'll still be able to grow a whole lot. But if you want compact growth and colorful stems, typical of a "high tech" high light tank, then you'd probably need to supplement the lighting somehow.

I think the BML is more up the task for high tech / high light. Or wait for the Current/Ecoxotic release of their new higher output Planted LEDs. Should be anytime now.
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Brian do you think that a Ray 2 with the current + give me enough light to get the red plants to color up? Does the Ray 2 have too much blue in the spectrum?
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Here is a good thread on Current LEDs with videos: Satellite+ Club: Showcase your Current Sat+ Tank! Links to journals & more!
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Brian do you think that a Ray 2 with the current + give me enough light to get the red plants to color up? Does the Ray 2 have too much blue in the spectrum?
Yeah I think the Ray 2 will overpower the Sat+ and wash out your colors a bit. I'd rather get the planted+. BML would be most ideal if it weren't so expensive.
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The main thing I have against the BML is I feel like I would be dimming it down to the same light level I can achieve for half the price(XB series has too much light for what I need). But I think you have a good point to sacrifice a little PAR from the Ray 2 by going with the planted plus to increase the red spectrum. I think ill go with the planted plus.... unless the new e-series releases the specs before I order!
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You'll like it!! It's a great little light for under $100, can't argue that, I have some cardinales growing beautifully under mine in a 16" tank, I also have a t5 no with rosette bulb which may be helping a bit as well..
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I hope so! I just hope it puts out enough light!
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