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Old 01-01-2015, 10:47 PM   #11
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Also the planted plus has a lot of the red spectrum.
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Old 01-02-2015, 01:05 AM   #12
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alrighty so i have decided to ditch the original one on ebay and go with either a usa satellite plus or a finnex. ill make up my mind when i get my next paycheque
as for substrate well ill figure that out with how much money i have left.
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Old 01-02-2015, 01:40 AM   #13
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I am replacing USA Current lights with the Finnex. My Currents have not functioned properly since I put them in. Flickering, and some LEDs not working. Not nearly as sturdy or well built as Finnex either.


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Old 01-02-2015, 03:17 AM   #14
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My current Sat plus has been fine but it's severely underpowered for a 2ft tall tank.

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Old 01-02-2015, 04:47 AM   #15
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right so finnex then?? that would reach the bottom of the tank?
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i just had a thought sould i get a marine light for coral growth?? seeing as there made to reach deeper tanks? i dont know just a thought
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If you are trying to grow corals.

The Ray2 is a little better than the planted+ in terms of PAR but with either one you will need 2 fixtures to get good front to back coverage.
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huh well that sucks.
and yeah two fixtures that cool im just wondering if it will reach the bottom of the tank
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From memory blues will penetrate very well down to 2ft with almost no loss (maybe 10%). Red lights will have 30 to 50% (hazy on numbers as haven't played with BML website for a while) lost by the time the light reaches tank bottom.

Light and tank covers rob a bit but gravel decreases tank depth so I just ignore these and assume they cancel out.
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If you want high light at the bottom you are faced with getting a high powered LED. BML or ecoxotic e-series are both good choice but expensive. One other alternative you may or may not have considered is LED floodlights. They are really cheap right now. I don't know if there's any PAR data out for the larger wattage ones, but the smaller ones look promising. The 30W led floods are on amazon right now for $18 with free shipping over $35.

I have used them over 40bs and had no problem growing plants. I have one over my 2ft tall 120, if I were running just these I'd probably get 3-4. As to how effective it is, not sure, it's still fairly new in that configuration.
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