aesthetically speaking, I do like the Finnex models, though according to wheeling the buildmyled models are brighter so I may go ahead and go for that. I just want a really good model for plant growth. ideally below $400
Just as you said, you probably need a Monster Ray to make the color out. Ray 2 alone makes the color washed out. I did mean the dual 7K. Someone some time ago posted photos of Ray 2, it looked washed out. DX3Bash just posted a video, also demonstrated this.
Ray 2 was my first choice. Due to the same issue, I passed it and bought Buildmyled. It is customizable and cheaper than Ray 2 plus Monster Ray, and significantly brighter than the Finnex combination.
ahhhh thats very insightful, so you've tried both and found that the buldmyled have been brighter. Have you observed any effects on the plants? Growth? etc..
also I noticed its very customizable (as the name suggests) what combination of led's did you use ?
A bit in the 'way over thinking this" department. Google "double split experiment", be amazed at the weird nature of light, then totally ignore it when it comes to your tank.
The wave/particle nature of light will have no effect on the temp (K) or the growth potential of whatever lights you use.
thanks jbrady33 , I actually did a speech in my freshman year in college on the behavior of quantum particles and in high school, freshman year, I observed various effects of better water chemistry on black convicts for a project so I guess somehow this continues that tradition. I agree I'm over thinking, lol I agree. However, I still think it is important to understand these things to some degree. To truly understand your aquarium, we don't fall short of being scientific.