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finnex planted plus submerged

Our stupid cat knocked my finnex planted plus light into my aquarium overnight. It was full of water this morning. I drained the water out of the fixture and set it out to dry. Any hope of it working once it dries out for a while?
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Our stupid cat knocked my finnex planted plus light into my aquarium overnight. It was full of water this morning. I drained the water out of the fixture and set it out to dry. Any hope of it working once it dries out for a while?
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Mike
Damn cats! Unfortunately, it's very unlikely that the fixture will survive. These guys have been known to fail just from moisture from a tank condensing inside them, so a full submersion is probably a death sentence.

Let us know though! I've got a finnex planted+ myself, great light other than it not being water resistant.
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Not much in them besides diodes, resistors, wire, switch..
If on then a short could do some damage..

Dry it good though..


Salt build up and corrosion over time is a different animal..and on vs off as well..

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Salt build up and corrosion over time is a different animal..and on vs off as well..
Yeah, any deposits that are left behind after the fixture dries could definitely lead to corrosion over time if it does survive. I've never taken one of these things apart, but if you can completely disassemble it and dab dry the internals, who knows...
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Id sell the cat and everything with the cat, and use that money to buy another 24/7
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Yeah, any deposits that are left behind after the fixture dries could definitely lead to corrosion over time if it does survive. I've never taken one of these things apart, but if you can completely disassemble it and dab dry the internals, who knows...
What you see on the light head is what you get really..
circuit board and wires..

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Our stupid cat knocked my finnex planted plus light into my aquarium overnight. It was full of water this morning. I drained the water out of the fixture and set it out to dry. Any hope of it working once it dries out for a while?
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Mike
cover that light under some rice. the dry rice will super absorb moisture from the light and dry it quick. let it sit for a day or two and try running the light and let us know if it still works. you can be a testament to any future users dropping their light into water.
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Thank you all for your suggestions. I still have the cat. I removed one end of the light and dried as much as I could with a paper towel, then let it sit out for a couple of days to dry. I turned on the light and it came on. At that point I thought everything was good, however, I noticed a redder than normal reflection no the water. Apparently, several of my white LEDs failed to come on. Also, it appears that the blue LEDs are not working either. At least it was not a total loss. Perhaps the reduction in light intensity may help my algae problem.
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Thank you all for your suggestions. I still have the cat. I removed one end of the light and dried as much as I could with a paper towel, then let it sit out for a couple of days to dry. I turned on the light and it came on. At that point I thought everything was good, however, I noticed a redder than normal reflection no the water. Apparently, several of my white LEDs failed to come on. Also, it appears that the blue LEDs are not working either. At least it was not a total loss. Perhaps the reduction in light intensity may help my algae problem.
Mike
Thanks for the update. Way to look at the glass half full! It may not be a bad idea to start shopping new lights, however, see if there's something you like out there. My faith in a long life for the surviving LED's isn't strong. I think it's the Fluval Fresh&Plant 2.0 that's waterproof, kitty couldn't ruin that one!
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Or could go a different route and get a cheap but good light that won't be a big loss if kitty decides to play with it again. I really like the beamswork lights and really are best par per $ you can get. Beamswork DA FSPEC and DHL 6500k PAR/LUX/Kelvin/PUR Data


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Or could go a different route and get a cheap but good light that won't be a big loss if kitty decides to play with it again. I really like the beamswork lights and really are best par per $ you can get. Beamswork DA FSPEC and DHL 6500k PAR/LUX/Kelvin/PUR Data


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This is what I run on my 29 gallon, does great even with the very demanding plants like Cuba. I'm thinking waterproof though so the fish don't get a shock if kitty attacks again!
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This is what I run on my 29 gallon, does great even with the very demanding plants like Cuba. I'm thinking waterproof though so the fish don't get a shock if kitty attacks again!


Ya that is a very good point about possible electrocution. Would not be pretty.


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Well it would only be 15v @ a few amps at best in the tank b4 the ps blew...
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Well it would only be 15v @ a few amps at best in the tank b4 the ps blew...


Oh that's not as bad as I thought. Good to know.


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