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Re: (New) Current Satellite Freshwater LED+ Fixture (6500K/RGB)???

Yeah getting the intensity to what is considered high light is challenging with the Sat+. I'm hoping that the "plant LED" Current is planning will pair nicely with the + but offer a substantial boost in PAR -- something like how some here are pairing a Ray 2 with a Monster Ray.
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If you have a Harmony remote you can copy the IR signals. I purchased this light yesterday but will be returning it. If I hang it over the tank, I cant see the fish below. While directly on top of the tank its great. The effects are good as well.

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which setting will give you a higher par ?

The White and red LED or White and Blue LED setting
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Well, I just bit the bullet. I think this will be awesome for my all ferns tank that's only 11" deep. The only thing I would have liked to see is some program-ability built in but that would have really shot the cost up I believe.

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anybody has update dates with this lighting system?
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You can update this system? I had no idea - that would be cool if you could pop in some new LEDs or new programs on the remote - something like that?
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would the early adopters of this light say that the sat plus would work for a low light set up (no CO2) in a 40g (30x18x18)?
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You can update this system? I had no idea - that would be cool if you could pop in some new LEDs or new programs on the remote - something like that?
He was talking about the rumours of a new LED+ fixture made for growing plants. You guys realize this model was made mostly for it's effect right?

Unless you mean that you can "update" the system by buying a completely new fixture then yes, you can update it.



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would the early adopters of this light say that the sat plus would work for a low light set up (no CO2) in a 40g (30x18x18)?

hmm, my 20 gallon high is 16 inches deep i believe, not sure if the PAR would reach fine for 18 inches, but in my tank the ground plants get enough low light for sure. that's with CO2 and dry ferts though. the cardinal flower plants are shooting up and even showing roots on the stems, so it's definitely growing.

and above post, gotcha on that - the RGB was more of a bells and whistles fun thing for the kids, but when it's serious plant growing time i leave it on full spectrum, and the plants do respond nicely - again, low and medium/low light plants.
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would the early adopters of this light say that the sat plus would work for a low light set up (no CO2) in a 40g (30x18x18)?
I have the 48" model on my 55 gallon. It's about 17-18" to the substrate (pool filter sand over FloraMax). I dose once a week with Flourish and every other day with Excel. I also put in several root tabs. I have Java Ferns, Crypt wendtii's, Amazon ruffle swords, Jungle Val and Dwarf Sag. Plants have been in about a month. The Jungle Val is going through a bit of an adjustment period, but new blades are growing. Jury's still out on the swords, as I haven't seen much growth but everything else is doing awesome - even the sag, which surprised me.

YMMV of course, but in my case the LED + is working fine for me, with a little help from Seachem
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would the early adopters of this light say that the sat plus would work for a low light set up (no CO2) in a 40g (30x18x18)?
Yes

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I am planning a low tech 20L (no CO2, not much ferts) and this light seems to be perfect for that. I have a couple questions regarding this fixture before purchasing.

1. Does the build look solid enough to be OK on a open top aquarium? Sitting couple inches from the water surface?
2. Anyone have some info on how stem plants have done in this light? Do the bottom leaves stay intact?

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Re: (New) Current Satellite Freshwater LED+ Fixture (6500K/RGB)???

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I am planning a low tech 20L (no CO2, not much ferts) and this light seems to be perfect for that. I have a couple questions regarding this fixture before purchasing.

1. Does the build look solid enough to be OK on a open top aquarium? Sitting couple inches from the water surface?
2. Anyone have some info on how stem plants have done in this light? Do the bottom leaves stay intact?

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Mine are both on open tanks doing just fine. As far as stem plants I have wisteria doing fine as well.

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For shallower tanks, this light does wonderfully. I'm using it on a 36"x8"x9" long bookshelf tank.



On this tank, I can get up to 100 PAR at substrate (7" from light) which is more than enough. I actually had to dial it back. If interested, I measured PAR for all of the various modes.

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Par Numbers

Thanks for doing the testing for the PAR numbers.
What is considered low, med and high in the PAR world for Freshwater Planted tanks.
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