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Which light for low/medium tech? 12" cube

12x12x12

the light will be about 15" from substrate. I want a low to medium tech.

should I go with fugeray-r 10"

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Archaea LED light fixture 12" (clamp-on) All white LED

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better clip on light?
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I went with the Finnex FugeRay-R on my 12" cube. No water yet so I can't say how it works with plants, but from the chart, it's definitely low to low/medium...



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I am thinking the fugeray-r 10"

the archaea seems it would be too weak? 15" above substrate
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Something about the Fugeray-R makes me think the lighting will be too weak but I'm not sure yet....I'm not sure if Lowe's PAR values are based off of air or water. Either way, you're looking at decent light in the middle of the tank and half that at the edges.
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What about Archaea LED light fixture 12" (clamp-on) All white LED? is this light any good?
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Archea will barely give you low light.

I'm with freph on the R. Stick with the 12" Fugeray. They're easy to suspend above the tank if you don't want a fixture resting on the glass.

The design of the R concerns me, as the electrical equipment is placed right at water level.
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Archea will barely give you low light.

I'm with freph on the R. Stick with the 12" Fugeray. They're easy to suspend above the tank if you don't want a fixture resting on the glass.

The design of the R concerns me, as the electrical equipment is placed right at water level.
I guess barring overfilling the tank or dumping water on the light during topoff/WC's, it should be ok. That said, next tank will be high-tech so I'll be looking at something different.

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I guess barring overfilling the tank or dumping water on the light during topoff/WC's, it should be ok. That said, next tank will be high-tech so I'll be looking at something different.
what are you thinking for a high tech light that is sleek like ada or finnex?
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I'd like to use a Fennix if there's one that will provide high enough PAR. The tank I want is going to be 24" wide and 14.5" tall. I can't afford ADA stuff so I'd like to go Finnex if possible, or I'll maybe consider DIY LED if I can't find something affordable.

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I'd like to use a Fennix if there's one that will provide high enough PAR. The tank I want is going to be 24" wide and 14.5" tall. I can't afford ADA stuff so I'd like to go Finnex if possible, or I'll maybe consider DIY LED if I can't find something affordable.
Ray 2 24" or fugeray 24" if low tank
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What about a high tech light for 12x12x12" tank??
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Which light for low/medium tech? 12" cube

Or you can use a screw in cfl
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Or you can use a screw in cfl
For low light or high light? 13w or 26w? How far off the top of the tank?

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Which light for low/medium tech? 12" cube

There's a very good sticky about thAt. You should get the perfect answer from a post on I think page 2
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