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planted+ review after 4 months....pics

I purchased the Planted+ when it first came out...I was literally one of the first to receive it so here is my quick review. I have always been skeptical of LEDs since they tend to wash out the red colored plants. Anyway, I decided to set up a tank with some rarer low light plants back in November and I started the tank with a 24 inch planted+ setup. The lighting fixture is fairly low light but it was perfect for all the plants that I decided to go with. I probably keep the light on for a good 5 hours daily and the growth has been slow and steady, just the way I like it. No algae whatsoever...it's a perfect tank that gets tons of compliments from anyone that sees it in real life.

The only thing that this light is lacking is a remote control so I can turn it on/off without getting out of bed. Other than that, I cannot find a flaw as it has been exactly what I have been looking for. I have been in the hobby for about 10 years and a forum member for 8....trust me when I say this: "I have tried almost every light out there".

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anubias nana petitie (around 250 leaves worth)
anubias white
fissidens
hydrocotyle japan
crypt nurii
crypt ideii
crypt bullosa
crypt sp bukit ibam (natural Nurii and Cordata hybrid).
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Nice tank n plants
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Sweeeet pics!

Awesome tank, hedge!! Those Nuriis are looking good.

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Very nice plants. I see you are in CT what part? Do you know about CAPE? The planted aquarium club for Connecticut?
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Very nice plants. I see you are in CT what part? Do you know about CAPE? The planted aquarium club for Connecticut?
I'm in Greenwich (Fairlfield county)....one day I'll eventually make it out to one of these meetings. Been meaning to go for the last 2 years
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Are you using co2 in the tank??
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I love the tank! The plants are beautiful. Are you running co2 or dosing ferts of any kind?
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Are you using co2 in the tank??
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I love the tank! The plants are beautiful. Are you running co2 or dosing ferts of any kind?
Thanks! Appreciate the kind words.

No co2 and no dosing. Sometimes I do add some potassium if I see small holes develop in my hydrocotyle japan which signals the deficiency. On a side note, I do use various root tabs which are heavy in clay and MTS.
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Great tank, have a 20 long and was thinking about going with the planted +. Just wondering if you have any concern of algae issues ?
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Great tank, have a 20 long and was thinking about going with the planted +. Just wondering if you have any concern of algae issues ?
The planted+ does not produce high light so you will have no issues with algae (as long as you do not leave the light on all the time).
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The planted+ does not produce high light so you will have no issues with algae (as long as you do not leave the light on all the time).
I don't agree. In a 20 long I measured PAR in the high end of the medium range or higher. I can't remember the numbers but I had to use screen to get par below 30, and that was a 24" planted+, not the 30.

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+1 Love the finnex lights!
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I don't agree. In a 20 long I measured PAR in the high end of the medium range or higher. I can't remember the numbers but I had to use screen to get par below 30, and that was a 24" planted+, not the 30.

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Well, the tank that you see above with all the pics has no co2 nor fertilizers. If it was high light there would be algae all over...I don't have a single strand.


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Well, the tank that you see above with all the pics has no co2 nor fertilizers. If it was high light there would be algae all over...I don't have a single strand.


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I think it's important to remember that results will vary from tank to tank when it comes to algae and lighting. But to tell someone they won't have it because you don't is wrong.

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I think it's important to remember that results will vary from tank to tank when it comes to algae and lighting. But to tell someone they won't have it because you don't is wrong.

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Reread my post that you originally quoted...especially the sentence in parenthesis.


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