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james0816 11-15-2012 03:43 PM

LED Replacement light for 29g
My coralife fixture finally went kaput on me. I'm currently looking for a replacement fixture and thinking of trying an LED one. This is a new rhelm for me and would greatly appreciate some advice.

I'm currently looking at the Marineland Double Bright 24"-36" fixture. It will be sitting directly on the tank just a few inches off the water.

My lighting requirements are med-high as it is a nicely planted tank. I do dose EI and CO2 as well.

Thoughts? Recommendations?


somewhatshocked 11-15-2012 03:47 PM

That fixture barely provides low light on a 12" tall tank. Wouldn't be suitable for your tank.

Check out Finnex or consider building your own fixture if you want medium-high lighting.

james0816 11-15-2012 05:17 PM

Any particular recommendations for the type of fixture.

BenderBendingRodriguez 11-15-2012 06:05 PM

I've heard good things about finnex ray 2 series fixtures. I just got one for my 20 gallon and can't wait to see how it does. I don't know if you have seen this but this thread has a great deal of information on several current fixtures available.

I have the 24" ray 2 DS fixture and going by the information on that thread it should give me medium to high light for my tank. Hope that helped.

jgc 11-15-2012 09:28 PM

Finnex is a site sponsors. I suspect that is linked in somehow. Reviews have been favorable - good marketing or a good product.

I punted and put my diy project on hold. A Ray 2 should be in delivered tomorrow. fingers crossed.

james0816 11-16-2012 12:12 PM

How about the Fugeray as it comes in a 30" model? For a 29g, the Ray II would be 24". Need more research and opinions.

somewhatshocked 11-16-2012 12:29 PM

Have you gone to the Finnex sponsor forum here on TPT?

There's tons of information there regarding PAR data for each fixture the company sells. It's the very first post - a sticky - in that forum.

james0816 11-16-2012 12:44 PM

I have been looking around yes. This is my first venture into LED lighting and I must admit, it is a bit confusing but I'ma tryin. :)

james0816 11-16-2012 01:04 PM

Just found this as well.....


Originally Posted by sonicpath (Post 2044184)
I just contacted Finnex, they don't have 30" for Ray II highlight 24" version won't work unless you have a lid...I have no idea why they don't make them in 30".... fugeray is the only choice for a 30" tank.... with a substrate depth of 2". I have to determine if the Fugeray will at least be medium light. The 29g isn't considered a "high tech" tank but does have some nice plants growing in it.

The light I'm replacing is/was a Coralife 55w model.

I should also mention that it's an open top tank as well.

jbrady33 11-16-2012 01:05 PM

Finnex, Finnex, Finnex! I have 2 (30" and 12" Fugerays) and love them. Would have gone Ray2 but I don't have Co2 injection.

Trouble free, great light and shimmer, thin & small, low power usage, great coverage, doesn't get hot.

Wouldn't even consider tubes anymore.

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