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Old 09-05-2014, 08:14 AM   #11
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Yeah that might be a good idea.

I'd think that in this tall of a tank you would want one with good spread and power, so 4 bulbs would be good. Then again, I've never used fluorescent bulbs for planted tanks so I'm not really the one to tell you.

The ecoxotic might be best for you.

Brian does it have a choice of beam angles?
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Get the exotic! Can't go wrong there

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I bought this tank 5 or 6 years ago before I was into planted tanks, otherwise this would not be my tank of choice right now! I might just go with the ecoxotic and then just post pone setting up my 75gal for a while so I can do this one right from the start. According to the website, at 30in the ecoxotic is still only a 30 par, so even though I only know the basics of par, I imagine the other lights would be considerably lower. My tank is 29in and with 2-3in of substrate maybe I can get some lower medium light plants....Look for my journal in about 3 weeks so you guys can help me with that remote lol

Alex, I just checked the site and I didn't see that it said anything about beam angles in the specs.
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Brookster (or anyone willing to help me lol) what about the finnex planted plus?...can you tell me the difference between that and the ray2? I read the ray 2 has "Daylight: 7000k Dual LED Strips" and the planted+ has "TRUE 660nm intensive photosynthesis RED LEDs(88) 7000k + (48) 660nm RED + (8) Blue Moonlights 17.8 Total Watts." but that doesn't mean a whole lot to me! haha Would the planted + also be a good option for my needs? Thank you, as usual, for all your help.

I have 2 36" planted + They are affordable ( relatively ) and rock ! I highly recommend them. I use them in my planted 125g planted community and the tank is going nuts with growth and ferts!
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The E-Series has 120 optics with 60 reflectors, basically engineered a collimator on the fixture itself to control spillage and direct the beam better..

But if you need more focused beam for penetration, you can go with BML (buildmyLED.com).
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Eddy, While buying the 2 planted + will still save me about $40 than buying 1 ecoxotic. I think If I am already going over my original budget I would want all the bells and whistles of the ecoxotic. It seems I am very limited with the height of this darn tank...

Brian, I have looked at the BML's but I was under the impression you had to buy everything separately and that is way over budget while I am still in school. It could be that the light comes with everything and those were just replacement parts but I didn't think so.
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If you're going to double up on finnex do a ray 2 and a planted plus..

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Brookster, now you are giving me too many options! lol What would you do? Would you double up or just go for the ecoxotic?
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If it were my tank?? If money was budgeted I'd do the ray2 and planted plus, next up would be the eseries that could always be doubled up later, end all would be a bml, Kessel is alway an option to, they're great for tall hex tanks, just pricey..

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I'd just double the P+ but thats probably because I'm OCD and one Ray two and one P+ would very simply not suffice.

Yes you are very limited with such a tall tank. If you decide on a Planted+ (or really any Finnex) remember that they have poor spread. At 12" deep a P+ gets ~90 PAR, 6 inches to the right is a third of that.

Huge difference.
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