I posted this initial review of my new LED fixture in my Triple Cubes journal, which you may access here
But I felt it was more appropriate to share in the Lighting section so more people see it. I'm really pleased.
You folks know how uptight I am when it comes to quality and should understand by now that I have unreasonably high expectations for equipment in this hobby. So keep that in mind when reading.
This may be my most favorite nano LED for rimless tanks yet. Not remotely kidding. It's so bright I'd have to use CO2 on my 10" cube, as you'll see below.
It's really heavy duty. Absolutely nothing cheap about it. The anodized black aluminum heatsink is a really nice touch. Heatsinks seem to be an afterthought for most sub-$250/$300 fixtures these days.
Includes a handy on/off toggle:
Above my 10"/25cm cube:
Above an empty 20gal long:
Above my 5.5gal:
Above an empty 18" AquaTop Euro Style tank:
Basically, I am in love with this fixture. The price point initially turned me off but I've been through so many fixtures recently that it's a no brainer. Its clean lines and no fuss setup makes it ideal for high-clarity and other rimless planted tanks. It's more than strong enough to grow just about any plant you can keep.
There's a serious dearth of great LED fixtures for rimless tanks - at least as far as not obstructing the view of the aquascape and top of the tank go. I think AquaTop hit the nail on the head with this one.
Did I mention how excited and relieved I am to have finally found what I've been looking for for MONTHS?
Long story short: I will absolutely be buying another 25cm cube so I can go high-tech with it. Can't wait to share my long-term impressions.
You can find the fixture here
with free shipping.
Perfect for a 12" cube and if you want to be really fancy with a 10" cube? Don't hesitate.