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Led for a 16.9 gallon cube (15.6x15.6x15.6)

When they become available again at marinedepot, I am going to buy an Aquamaxx 16.9 gallon cube (15.6”x15.6”x15.6”). This will be a high tech tank and I am looking for at least medium-high light. With substrate, I am looking at about 14-15” depth.

Stipulations:

1. No T5’s and no diy cfls.
2. Want to buy from a reputable place with free returns. Amazon preferred.
3. No ceiling suspension (gooseneck or brackets only)
4. Under 200$ (Kessil etc. is out unless the A80 would be enough)
5. Dimmable/adjustable preferred.


What I have found so far….

1. 1 16” Finnex Planted Plus (worried this won’t be enough light)
2. 2 12” Finnex Planted Pluses
3. 2 16” Finnex Planted Pluses (worried that I can’t dim and will be too much)
4. 1 Current Satellite Plus Pro 18-24” (actually the light is only 16.8”)
5. 1 Twinstar Led 360E 14”
6. 1 Chihiros Aquasky ADA Style E401 15.7”
7. 1 Chihiros RGB series ADA style Plant grow LED RGB30 30-45cm

Which option do you think is the best? I am leaning towards the Current Plus Pro. Any lights I might have missed?
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When they become available again at marinedepot, I am going to buy an Aquamaxx 16.9 gallon cube (15.6”x15.6”x15.6”). This will be a high tech tank and I am looking for at least medium-high light. With substrate, I am looking at about 14-15” depth.

Stipulations:

1. No T5’s and no diy cfls.
2. Want to buy from a reputable place with free returns. Amazon preferred.
3. No ceiling suspension (gooseneck or brackets only)
4. Under 200$ (Kessil etc. is out unless the A80 would be enough)
5. Dimmable/adjustable preferred.


What I have found so far….

1. 1 16” Finnex Planted Plus (worried this won’t be enough light)
2. 2 12” Finnex Planted Pluses
3. 2 16” Finnex Planted Pluses (worried that I can’t dim and will be too much)
4. 1 Current Satellite Plus Pro 18-24” (actually the light is only 16.8”)
5. 1 Twinstar Led 360E 14”
6. 1 Chihiros Aquasky ADA Style E401 15.7”
7. 1 Chihiros RGB series ADA style Plant grow LED RGB30 30-45cm

Which option do you think is the best? I am leaning towards the Current Plus Pro. Any lights I might have missed?
This would by far be the best. SBOX PRO 16" https://sbreeflights.com/sbox-reef-l...pro-timer.html
Could have any amount of light as you desire pretty much. Right at your budget.
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This would by far be the best. SBOX PRO 16" https://sbreeflights.com/sbox-reef-l...pro-timer.html
Could have any amount of light as you desire pretty much. Right at your budget.
Hmmm interesting. That link sent me to the saltwater version but I checked the website and they have a basic freshwater version for only 130$. Do you have experience with these lights or this company? Do they do free returns?
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Hmmm interesting. That link sent me to the saltwater version but I checked the website and they have a basic freshwater version for only 130$. Do you have experience with these lights or this company? Do they do free returns?


I do not but know they are high quality lights. I know @jeffkrol has referenced them a few times. He might know. I would call them and find out but am sure they stand behind their product.
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sbreef is overkill re: of warranty..
Best w/ something like Aquaticlife Halo in fw version..
https://www.amazon.com/Aquatic-Life-...fe%2Bhalo&th=1

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sbreef is overkill re: of warranty..
Best w/ something like Aquaticlife Halo in fw version..
https://www.amazon.com/Aquatic-Life-...fe%2Bhalo&th=1
Thin that is $100 over his budget though, and he can tune down the SBreef right? Much cheaper option no?
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Thin that is $100 over his budget though, and he can tune down the SBreef right? Much cheaper option no?
Yes it is cheaper but I suspect they are not "wal-mart" and will not refund anything.. though I could be wrong. o/p and them need to work out any details..
We are spoiled americans (myself included) and often expect others to make up for our mistakes..

that said what they do spell out:

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But wait there's more!!! You can't have a better quality light with out a better warranty. So we worked closely with the factory on part sourcing and quality, so we can offer a free 2 YEAR USA WARRANTY. (1 year international warranty). But a warranty does you no good if you have to mail your light in, leaving your expensive corals with no light. So we offer two options. You can send the light to us for repair, or we can send you needed parts to swap yourself. I ensured all parts are modular with quick wire clips. You can replace any part in minutes with just a screw driver. No down time for your corals. I have several DIY videos showing how to repair or modify your black boxes.
Chances of them covering shipping back to them is pretty slim..
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Yes it is cheaper but I suspect they are not "wal-mart" and will not refund anything.. though I could be wrong. o/p and them need to work out any details..
We are spoiled americans 9myself included) and often expect others to make up for our mistakes..

that said what they do spell out:



Chances of them covering shipping back to them is pretty slim..


But isn't dropping the light in the water the manufacturer's fault? Lol

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Yes it is cheaper but I suspect they are not "wal-mart" and will not refund anything.. though I could be wrong. o/p and them need to work out any details..
We are spoiled americans (myself included) and often expect others to make up for our mistakes..

that said what they do spell out:



Chances of them covering shipping back to them is pretty slim..

Its 7 days to return. Buyer pays shipping. Halo is way over my budget. Jeff...what do you think about my other options?
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Its 7 days to return. Buyer pays shipping. Halo is way over my budget. Jeff...what do you think about my other options?



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EVO Quad Clip 3W Timer 6500K LED Aquarium Light Freshwater Plant 20x 3 Watt

Includes 20 LEDs 3 Watt LED
20x 6500K LEDs 3000 lumen
Slim and contemporary light design
2 mode on / off function for day and night use
Clamp on bracket
Max 1.15" thick (rimless only)
Minimum 15.00" width required for installation
Non-corrosive powder coated aluminum housing
Optional timer module add $22.00
Optional cooling fans add $25.50


$76... Cheap enough to cut the cord and add a dimmer..
anyways I personally prefer at least 2 strip lights for things over 12-14 wide..
Now w/ enough light you can raise one higher and not lose all your PAR at depth..


some of the choices will depend on what you want it to look like or "do"..
Killer "black box" LED..
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01N1TE2JR?psc=1
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"Channel 1"
Blue 460nm 8 leds,
Royal Blue 450nm 15 leds,
Blue 430nm 4leds;
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"Channel 2"
White 14000K 10leds,
Neutral White 8000K 6leds
Warm White 3200K 6leds,
Deep Red 660nm 4leds,
Green 520nm 2leds
you would most likely use only ch2..
Should be around 90CRi and 7500k..

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$76... Cheap enough to cut the cord and add a dimmer..
anyways I personally prefer at least 2 strip lights for things over 12-14 wide..
Now w/ enough light you can raise one higher and not lose all your PAR at depth..


some of the choices will depend on what you want it to look like or "do"..
Killer "black box" LED..
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01N1TE2JR?psc=1


you would most likely use only ch2..
Should be around 90CRi and 7500k..
Does it come with legs? Easy to make one to hold on tank?? Think OP didn't want hanging.
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Well brings us back to the sbreef..
Though that states 16-30"....
o/p's tank 15.6"..

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Well brings us back to the sbreef..
Though that states 16-30"....
o/p's tank 15.6"..
Suspending lights is out as per wife's orders. I think I could finesse fitting the sbreef on the tank with a little diy. Jeff....do you really think it is overkill even though it's dimmable? What do you think about a single 16" Current Plus Pro instead?
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Suspending lights is out as per wife's orders. I think I could finesse fitting the sbreef on the tank with a little diy. Jeff....do you really think it is overkill even though it's dimmable? What do you think about a single 16" Current Plus Pro instead?


I vote the sbreef. Like I said it's dimmable. If I had that budget I certainly would get one. Did you see the videos on it?


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sb reef is so stinking overkill lol. might want to see if they would do a freshwater vesrion of there sprite light for a 16in cube.

for me cube tanks just scream for a single point light either on a goose neck or a pendant. just look so much better imo essestically. if kessil is out there it just leaves you to diy to hit that price point which is very doable and shouldn't be hard and could look really sweet but that's my vote for cubes atleast.

my other vote would be for a beamswork quad clipon



there 80 bucks. way more light than you would ever need on a cube that size. then you could buy a TC420 and hook the light into the controller and you would have sunset/sunrise and have complete control of timing and brightness of the light.
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