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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 10-14-2012, 09:40 PM Thread Starter
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which 30" LED fixture is the best for the buck

I'm trying to setup a 20 gallon long tank, never tried a LED setup before, there are so many different LED Lights on the market, wondering which one should I go for. budget is under 85USD, any suggestions?
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post #2 of 20 (permalink) Old 10-14-2012, 10:00 PM
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Beamswork LEDs are great for low light long tanks.

Look for topdogsellers on eBay, he has lots of very cost effective (free shipping) units that'll clear your budgets handsomely.


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thanks bro, I need mid - high light....is their Double Bright series consider as High Light?
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I haven't tested it man, I wish I could give a better approximation. This light series really works for my tank because it is such a squat tank. You can check it out in my signature.

You might be able to find a Finnex light that stretches to 30" for around 80.


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Catalina 1 bulb T5NO. I think it's ~$60 + shipping.


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Check out the Ray2 from Finnex
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Neither Beams Work nor Marineland Double Bright fixtures will suffice for anything above low light. The Double Bright Marineland fixture at 24", for instance, is extreme low light.

Best bet for your LED buck is to go with a Finnex fixture.

Non-LED? T5NO for low, T5HO for high.
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yep, Finnex! fugeray for med light, ray2 for high (real high)
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Hurray for me not giving poor advice. I like the way the Finnex lights look for a medium light tank. But as Somewhatshocked said, you really can't count on Beamswork for medium.

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post #10 of 20 (permalink) Old 10-15-2012, 03:37 AM Thread Starter
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thanks guys, I will check out the Finnex Ray II
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I'm looking at the Ray 2 there are two different ones, which one should I pick?
I'm using this mainly for plants.

Finnex Ray II Ultra Slim LED DS - Dual 7000k

Finnex Ray II Ultra Slim LED DB - 10000k + Actinics
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Pretty sure the actinic light is for corals.
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I have zero knowledge about salt water, sorry for the noob question. I will order the Finnex Ray II Ultra Slim LED DS - Dual 7000k, thanks!!!
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No problem. Yes actinic is said to be a light corals can utilize better.


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Definitely the dual 7000's. Actinic is for saltwater.
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