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Old 06-18-2014, 11:24 PM   #11
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I'm not sure how the PAR data was obtained. It's usually through air. But with light refraction and the way light bounces off the inside of the glass through water, I'm not sure if air or through water would favor better PAR values. I saw a thread on this once on TPT, but I just can't recall exactly what was said.
Water increases it somewhat. I'm not sure of the exact amount though.
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Is this something which could be adjusted to SW needs?

I hate to buy 2 lights just in case I change the 72G tank over to SW. and once again Brian, you might have spoiled my plan with this new review. How big are the lights, and are you going to sell the Sat + lights? I may be interested for a good price, lol.
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I have a 48" satellite LED plus on a 60" 120 gal. I absolutely love this fixture for the purpose that it serves... illuminating my beautiful Tanganyikan cichlids with no expectation of a planted tank, with fun modes to boot. For a dedicated planted tank (not a tank in which the owner grows random plants here and there), I would not go with the satellite plus. Thanks for writing up this post. You've been quite helpful in the past with steering folks toward appropriate lighting given their situation.
Hi severum mama... The Satellite LED+ is definitely a fine choice for fish-only tanks, but many still use it for planted tank applications. If you have a tall tank, then low light is the limit (unless you supplement the lighting), on shallower tanks, it performs adequately. I'm not sure if you seen my 60p (17g) planted tank? I've been running it with two satellite LED+ lights + CO2... here are the results.



So it's quite capable, depending on the situation. The E-Series will expand on these capabilities and broaden the applications, but it is more expensive. But what can I say, I'm a sucker for technology and innovation.
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Water increases it somewhat. I'm not sure of the exact amount though.
Thanks for confirming this. I'm pretty sure it was Hoppy who said this as well. So I know the source is fairly trustworthy.
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Is this something which could be adjusted to SW needs?

I hate to buy 2 lights just in case I change the 72G tank over to SW. and once again Brian, you might have spoiled my plan with this new review. How big are the lights, and are you going to sell the Sat + lights? I may be interested for a good price, lol.
I'm not too sure about SW. I'm clueless in that regard. If it's a FOWLR tank or easy soft corals, then maybe.

I have 24" Sat+, the legs do stretch out to fit a 36" tank. I might be selling them in a week when I get the 24" E-Series. I'll PM you if I do.
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What do you guys think? 240 - 250 PAR on this tank?



Haha... j/k.. I've been using this 3g Mr Aqua as my test platform until I set it up on the intended tank.
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New pics... but before you look, here are some quick notes:

So I spent the night and the better half of today, breaking down my 60F and slapping a quick scape together and threw in what plants I had (long story) to get the E-Series setup and going sooner than later. Please don't overly judge the scape. I'm actually kinda embarrassed about it. This tank was in really bad shape and I was just using it as a grow-out tank until a real "rescape" could be done. That's why there's many species of plants going on in here. So I might change that. But to be honest, we're going to be moving soon, so that will take place probably by the end of the year. So for now, this is it...

I'll probably start a new thread in the planted tanks section to document the growth progress more closely. I wasn't too sure how to attach the light so I kinda ghetto-rigged it on my conduit light hanger for now. I want to see what the official hanging kit looks like. I'll most likely get it and replace what I'm using here. Anyways, nuff said, here's some pics...





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I like your rock design. Is that Iwagami(spelling?)?



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Yeah it's seiryu stone, popular for iwagumi scapes. Thanks
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