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Old 01-11-2014, 07:57 PM   #21
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T5's are still the most used but if I were buying from scratch now I would go with the HO LED's like buildmyled offers. Even though they're kinda pricey, not having to buy bulbs every year would make the long term cost even. Plus LED's use less electricity. I'll say in 5 years flourescents will be past technology. From what I've seen Brian_Nano post, the finnex is a bit less light than a dual T5HO. So medium light. Hope this helps. OS.
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I'm still debating between a T-5 fixture or a LED. So, the Aquatic Life fixture would give me med-high lighting, correct? What would a finnex fugeray planted+ give me? Ray2? Build my LED?
Planted + - Low medium at most
Ray 2 - Medium at most
BML - Possibly high

Heres a link to par ratings for different light fixtures. BML sadly isn't on there. Their numbers do seem a little high though.

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T5's are still the most used but if I were buying from scratch now I would go with the HO LED's like buildmyled offers. Even though they're kinda pricey, not having to buy bulbs every year would make the long term cost even. Plus LED's use less electricity. I'll say in 5 years flourescents will be past technology. From what I've seen Brian_Nano post, the finnex is a bit less light than a dual T5HO. So medium light. Hope this helps. OS.
Which one of the finnex fixtures would give me medium light? The ray2 or the fugeray? Honestly, I would kind of like to have medium light instead of high. Will I still have to dose co2 and dry ferts with medium light instead of high light? And thank you for all your help, by the way. I really appreciate it!
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Planted + - Low medium at most
Ray 2 - Medium at most
BML - Possibly high

Heres a link to par ratings for different light fixtures. BML sadly isn't on there. Their numbers do seem a little high though.

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Ok thank you! Would I be able to grow medium-light plants like vallisneria or amazon sword with low-medium light, or is solid medium light needed?
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Planted + - Low medium at most
Ray 2 - Medium at most
BML - Possibly high

Heres a link to par ratings for different light fixtures. BML sadly isn't on there. Their numbers do seem a little high though.

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Thank you Mebbid! That link was very helpful!
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If you are not planning on ever going to high light in the future, the Ray2 should be good for your plant set up. Note that the BML's can come with a dimmer so you could have med light now and high light later. Rivercats has the most skinny on the BML's. She has several. OS.
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Ok thank you! Would I be able to grow medium-light plants like vallisneria or amazon sword with low-medium light, or is solid medium light needed?
I'm not familiar with vals since I melted the ones I've tried whith excel but the amazon sword should be fine.
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Most vals are medium light and should grow for you. There is a spiral leafed one I saw that was med-high light but it's not that common in LFS's. Your swords should do great.
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Thank you guys for all your help! I think I've decided on the Ray2 or a BML. I just have one last question. I am thinking about maybe getting a 40 gallon breeder instead of a 50 gallon. What light level would I have with the height being 2 inches less?
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I LOVE the 40g breeder. Go with it hands down. And yes it would be much better on the light levels. The 18" front to back gives you so much room for aquascaping and plants.
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