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Which LED light system for 40 breeder?

making 2 planted 40 breeders. Low tech plants primarily, maybe some xmas moss and red ludwigia (i wont keep if it becomes hard to keep)

Should i go with the finnex ray 2 high output 36" or with the Finnex FugeRay: Ultra Slim LED +Moonlights?


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If not using any CO2, get the Fugeray.
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even if I have alot of floater plants?


1 breeder will be heavily planted- like almost entire tank. lots of floater plants


1 breeder will be iwagami setup (mainly grass and moss) with some floaters (salvinia)
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I have a 40 set up w/dirt. Plants, misc cryps, ludwigia rep., compact swords, some vals, java fern, and some other stuff I cant remember. I put a Ray2 on top and started seening some hair algae. Moved it about 5" up and everything is doing great. No, I dont have rapid growth, just normal healthy growth. The ludwigia have kept their red coloration as well. I also have a Fuge ray on a similarly set up 20 b with the same results. I LOVE these lights.
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I have a 40 set up w/dirt. Plants, misc cryps, ludwigia rep., compact swords, some vals, java fern, and some other stuff I cant remember. I put a Ray2 on top and started seening some hair algae. Moved it about 5" up and everything is doing great. No, I dont have rapid growth, just normal healthy growth. The ludwigia have kept their red coloration as well. I also have a Fuge ray on a similarly set up 20 b with the same results. I LOVE these lights.
the 40 breeder (when it wasnt lifted 5") did it have floater plants (will block some light), ottos/pleco, or amano shrimp?
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no floaters. yes otos and amanos
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I have a 40 set up w/dirt. Plants, misc cryps, ludwigia rep., compact swords, some vals, java fern, and some other stuff I cant remember. I put a Ray2 on top and started seening some hair algae. Moved it about 5" up and everything is doing great. No, I dont have rapid growth, just normal healthy growth. The ludwigia have kept their red coloration as well. I also have a Fuge ray on a similarly set up 20 b with the same results. I LOVE these lights.
I have the the Finnex FugeRay and I love it too! I also have many of the same plants you do. I've not had any algae issues though. Mine is mounted on the legs that came with it. I don't use a top so I'm getting full intensity. Great light.

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I have the the Finnex FugeRay and I love it too! I also have many of the same plants you do. I've not had any algae issues though. Mine is mounted on the legs that came with it. I don't use a top so I'm getting full intensity. Great light.
What size tank do you have? Looking at getting the FugeRay for my nano
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What size tank do you have? Looking at getting the FugeRay for my nano
I have a 40b. I bought the 36", very nice and slim and I love the moonlights. The legs only lift it about 3" above the water, just enough to keep it dry. It's great for low/medium light IMO.
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how much duller are the fugeray compared to the ray2's?
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To the human eye, both are quite bright. You might notice a difference if you had a Ray2 and a Fugeray next to each other, but both provide plenty of light.

Another comparison: the Marineland Double Brights are noticeably dimmer than the FugeRay.

If you have no lid over your 40B, get a FugeRay.

If you do have a lid, get a Ray2.

Both will give you plenty of light, CO2 or not.
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Hi there, not to hijack this threas but im also considering this option. could either one of you who has the 40b w/ these leds post a pic please? The speading is what is concerning me because of the depth of these tanks so it feels odd to only need one. Or have 2 fugerays as they are cheaper than the ray2s. that combo.
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