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post #10 of (permalink) Old 01-10-2017, 05:59 PM
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Originally Posted by Chadmanfoo View Post
Thanks DaveK. That is more information that i could have hoped for.

Since the tank will have a solid oak hood with about 4" clearance from the glass cover, i think the pendants are probably not going to work unless i sit them on the glass. I will probably need to go for 4 x 36" strips in that case. I intend to buy purpose built for a planted setup and just have them on a timer, so individual programming shouldn't be an issue.

With this in mind, would you personally recommend the Sat LED+ Pro? I was thinking about the Finnex Fugeray Planted+ since it incorporate the true red 660nm, but 4 of these would set me back around 500. I am willing to pay this if I am certain they will be sufficient.
My first question is why not get rid of the hood or canopy? Personally, I think they are big, bulky and ugly. Consider a simple cover glass or screen to keep the fish in and the cats and kids out. Of course, this us very subjective.

I have used the Finnex Fugeray Planted+ on another tank. This was only a 20H. In my opinion it's good light, but totally lacks any type of control, it's either on or off. The Finnex FugeRay Planted+ 24/7 does have control functions, but I have never used this light, so I can't tell you how good it is.

As for the Current Satellite LED+ pro. I've had them awhile now, and I do get good light from them. I do feel they are a bit lacking in the control functions, in that you can't control multiple lights from one controller. You need to set up each one individually. This isn't too bad for the two I have, but you'd want at least 4 for what your looking at doing.

To be fair, I'm a bit spoiled here, because on my 125 gal reef system I have 4 AI Hydra 52 fixtures on a director. With that I can control everything from the browser on my computer, and dial in just about anything I want on any fixture. Great light but out of sight expensive.
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