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Now it's time for a new light fixture. I'm waaaaay over T5NO and want to go the low-light LED route.

Won't be going the Finnex route again until their 30" fixture isn't a repackaged 24" panel.

Have a spare Aqueon Modular LED unit I could use but only have a Colormax "bulb" for it. Need to pick up a couple Daylight "bulbs" - and I think that could support moss and Anubias. Anyone else using that fixture? I figure it won't be terrible if all I have to invest is about $20.
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Looking at the specs a fugeray 30" has more LEDs than a 24" fixture. A ray2 fixture 30" is the same as a 24"


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Now it's time for a new light fixture. I'm waaaaay over T5NO and want to go the low-light LED route.

Won't be going the Finnex route again until their 30" fixture isn't a repackaged 24" panel.

Have a spare Aqueon Modular LED unit I could use but only have a Colormax "bulb" for it. Need to pick up a couple Daylight "bulbs" - and I think that could support moss and Anubias. Anyone else using that fixture? I figure it won't be terrible if all I have to invest is about $20.

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Re: So Maybe I Have A (20L) Shrimp Problem…

I just received a finnex ray 2 18 inch for my 10 gallon marine tank. Actinic /10,000k.

It's very bright. I am supplementing it with a compact fluorescent.

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30" Fugeray uses a 24" panel and only costs a few bucks more because it's nearly the same fixture. Much like the 16" fixture has a 12" panel of LEDs. Not so useful in shallow tanks when the price is factored in.

Other fixtures like the 20" are great.

But back to my point: I'd prefer not to spend a ton of money and am interested in other experiences with the Aqueon fixture that I already own.

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Beginning of the new tank:



Still need to toss the Anubias in and maybe a clump of Subwassertang.

Large breeder box to be attached so the Aquasoil inside can cycle:



Won't be doing a ton with it but will stick some lava rock in there with a piece of moss-covered wood.
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Installed the breeder box:



Couple pieces of wood covered in Christmas Moss with a piece of black lava rock also covered in moss.

Now need to figure out how to get some light to the moss. Maybe something that clamps to the side of the rack. Or an SMD5050 LED strip.
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Re: So Maybe I Have A (20L) Shrimp Problem…

Will you be putting something on the pump to protect the shrimp?

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It's an Elite Micro internal filter, so there's a big chunk of sponge in there to prevent any shrimp from getting in. Have been using them on my larger tanks for quite some time with no problem.

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I have been following this thread since last year, and really enjoy it. This evening I decided to re-read the entire journal, all 22 pages.....lol it is still a good read.

I have a couple of questions. Did I miss it or have you made a decision on what you are using for filtration on this latest 20L?

Also, you mention you are over T5NO fixtures and thinking of a low cost LED fixture. I was curious why you are waaaaaaay over T5. I can see LED being the future, but was wondering what your reasoning was in regards to the 20L.

Also, a local friend purchased some of your food and it is amazing stuff.

Keep up the great journals. It really feeds my love of my 20 long tanks.
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Thanks!

Yep, ended up with an AC70… which is louder than one can imagine. Gonna have to do some filter surgery to make things a bit more tolerable.

I'm way over T5NO fixtures because I'm tired of changing bulbs, tired of the added heat, tired of the electricity bills. Have been using LED fixtures on nearly everything else, so I figure I should go ahead and switch for my 20s.

Update time! Beyond the filter surgery, my goals for this week include: baffling the flow of the Elite into the breeder box so it doesn't make a splashy sound, moving Anubias from another tank, testing out a few LED fixtures, probably doing a partial water change - no way am I going to swap out 100% of the water unless ammonia goes above 5PPM, ordering a clip-on LED for the breeder box or rigging up something else for it.
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Thanks for the reply. Your response on the T5NO lights was what I expected it to be. Exact same reasons I want to change over to LED. I will be watching your journals to see which LED fixtures you end up with. Lately, I have been considering the buildmyled.com fixture.

I am surprised the AC70 is that loud. My new 20L was going to get one or an AC50 plumed into a small canister filter for a little extra volume. Also, to make use of things I had laying around.
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Not all AC70s are loud. I expect something is a bit loose or needs some extra TLC in order to be quieted.

BuildMyLED = $$$$. Especially for a tank this size. I'm only interested in being low light in my shrimp tanks, so I'll never need something that complex. Probably going to use the modular fixture I've already got on-hand.
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You are right, a little pricey. I was actually thinking of the buildmyled.com fixture with a dimmer for a 40b/ high tech/ CO2 tank I want to setup.

Have you used the Finnex Ray2 on any of your 20Ls yet? I know you commented at one point about it being a repackaged 24" fixture.
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It's an Elite Micro internal filter, so there's a big chunk of sponge in there to prevent any shrimp from getting in. Have been using them on my larger tanks for quite some time with no problem.

I have the same setup on my 10g.

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