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bat_billy 10-19-2012 08:37 PM

Fugeray or Ray2?
 
I have a fluval spec v measuring 10.6 inches deep. I have approximately 2 inches of gravel in the tank. I will need to order a 16" light but I cannot decide between the Fugeray or the Ray2. I would like to have medium-high light in my aquarium. Which light should I choose?

bat_billy 10-22-2012 01:13 PM

Does anybody have any suggestions to this question?

MABJ 10-22-2012 01:16 PM

Get second opinions, but The Fugeray is for medium to high, the Ray2 is high, prep for Co2 lol


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TexasCichlid 10-22-2012 02:47 PM

If you get the Ray II, you will definitely need CO2. Even with CO2, if you don't have specific reasons to have that much light, you don't need it. If you get the FugeRay, for a tank that shallow, you may be able to get by without it but a DIY system or the such would likely be helpful.

bat_billy 10-22-2012 03:45 PM

I have a GLA paintball setup so CO2 won't be a problem. Will the Fugeray grow even high light plants like baby tears and rotalla with my CO2?

jbrady33 10-23-2012 10:37 AM

The fugeray would give over 30 par at your depth, the ray 2 would be over 50. If you are serious about the co2 I think you could grow most anything with the ray 2

bat_billy 10-23-2012 01:47 PM

I think I'm going to go with the Fugeray instead of the Ray 2. As long as I fertilize well and use good CO2 I should be able to grow even a carpet with the Fugeray. It will just take longer!

Michael M 10-23-2012 02:51 PM

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Originally Posted by bat_billy (Post 2053564)
I think I'm going to go with the Fugeray instead of the Ray 2. As long as I fertilize well and use good CO2 I should be able to grow even a carpet with the Fugeray. It will just take longer!

From personal experience with the Ray2 and not using CO2/Ferts. It certainly is high light and I had to elevate it above my tank and shorten the time I run it to 8 hours to counter algae outbreaks. =P

bat_billy 10-24-2012 12:46 PM

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Originally Posted by Michael M (Post 2053609)
From personal experience with the Ray2 and not using CO2/Ferts. It certainly is high light and I had to elevate it above my tank and shorten the time I run it to 8 hours to counter algae outbreaks. =P

It is that sort of high light algae growth that I am trying to avoid. I always have to resist the urge to blast my tanks with ridiculous amounts of light. I just need to remember that more isn't always better. It does sound like you got the problem under control. Are you happy with how the color looks with the 7K?

Michael M 10-24-2012 05:22 PM

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Originally Posted by bat_billy (Post 2054815)
It is that sort of high light algae growth that I am trying to avoid. I always have to resist the urge to blast my tanks with ridiculous amounts of light. I just need to remember that more isn't always better. It does sound like you got the problem under control. Are you happy with how the color looks with the 7K?

You're in luck since I own a 7k/10k and a 7k/7k.

I like the 7k/10k slightly more since there's a bit more blue compared to the 7k/7k. However it's not hugely noticeable, the 7k/7k has a bit more of a yellow to it... however the 7k/7k came out due to customer demand so your tastes may differ, 7k is better for plants I think anyways and probably does look a bit more natural with plants.

jbrady33 10-24-2012 06:39 PM

If you go with the fugeray you can leave the blue & whites on together for that vibrant, bright look or run the white alone for the warm look. I like the blues & whites together myself.

bat_billy 10-24-2012 07:50 PM

I like the idea of being able to change the color temp slightly by using the moonlighting. I think I am sold on the FugeRay. Hopefully it will be able to grow a carpet!

rab546 10-24-2012 08:16 PM

I have had the fugeray 36" now for 4 weeks. Just starting up the tank so doing a dry start method with HC and so far it's been great lots of new growth and it's rooted. So i will be filling the tank soon.

I can definently recommend this light, i was in two minds whether to go fugeray or ray2 and decided on the fugeray as the high light of the ray2 would cause more work (pruning scaping, dealing with algae outbreaks) that i don't always have the time for.

Michael M 10-24-2012 08:50 PM

I think I would have gotten a Fugeray if I were to do it over again. I wound up having to elevate my Ray2 36" about 6 inches above to get proper lighting on my 40B.

bat_billy 10-25-2012 01:09 PM

After talking with everyone in this post I have decided to go with the Fugeray. I'm only going to have a depth of about 10 inches between the substrate and the light. As long as I fertilize well and keep my CO2 up I am confident that the Fuge will grow a carpet. I don't have time to constantly be dealing with algae either.

Thank you all for your help. This board and more importantly the people on it are a great resource to the hobby.


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