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Soup12 12-02-2012 05:59 AM

Which Finnex LED light??
 
Tank: is 6 gallons Fluval edge 2 LED lights

dimensions: 16.875" x 10.25" x 8.75" high



I want to replace the stock LEDS with iether.... for low tech tank

$42 Finnex Mighty Ray 60 - has white, red, and blue lights (will this light up entire tank?)

or

$43 Finnex FugeRay Ultra Slim LED Fixture - has yellow and blue nightlight

somewhatshocked 12-02-2012 06:22 PM

The FugeRay is likely what you want.

Though, do refer to the Finnex sponsor forum to learn more about the PAR of the fixtures before making a purchase.

You'll likely need to use CO2 and ferts with the FugeRay if you don't raise the fixture or use a material to dampen the amount of light output.

Soup12 12-02-2012 06:34 PM

is the fugeray more powerful then

2 regular t5 30" bulbs?

I dont want to raise the light, add ferts, or add co2. Would the double t5 be weak enough to solve my problems?

STS_1OO 12-02-2012 10:52 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by somewhatshocked (Post 2096722)
The FugeRay is likely what you want.

Though, do refer to the Finnex sponsor forum to learn more about the PAR of the fixtures before making a purchase.

You'll likely need to use CO2 and ferts with the FugeRay if you don't raise the fixture or use a material to dampen the amount of light output.

I know that the Fluval Edge 6" is slightly shallower than the Spec V, but at 12 or so inches, the Fugeray 16" puts out 30 PAR.

Would 30 PAR require CO2 and dedicated fert regime?

somewhatshocked 12-02-2012 11:28 PM

30 would be nice, low light.

But the Edge is shallow. Add in substrate and things are even more shallow. The Edge is only eight or so inches deep/tall, if I remember correctly.

Quote:

Originally Posted by STS_1OO (Post 2097002)
I know that the Fluval Edge 6" is slightly shallower than the Spec V, but at 12 or so inches, the Fugeray 16" puts out 30 PAR.

Would 30 PAR require CO2 and dedicated fert regime?


Soup12 12-03-2012 12:17 AM

Should I go with a 12" fuge ray then? It will be less pars...

I dont want to dose or have c02.


My substrate will be mineralized topsoil capped with flourite, all low tech plants.

somewhatshocked 12-03-2012 12:27 AM

I think the 12" would be absolutely perfect. But a 16" (isn't the tank 16" wide?) could also work for you.

It's pretty easy to cut light levels down with some fiberglass window screen or other light-filtering material used in photography. So if you find you've got too much light and don't want to raise the fixture up, you can put some strips of material beneath the light to get things where you want them.

Soup12 12-03-2012 12:35 AM

What about keeping the stock LED lights, and adding blue lights that stay on 24/7.

That way I can put stock daylights on a timer, and at night the blue LEDs are on only.

I wanted to upgrade lights to cover the dead spots, but it seems upgrading is overkill on such a short tank.

STS_1OO 12-03-2012 01:09 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by somewhatshocked (Post 2097048)
30 would be nice, low light.

But the Edge is shallow. Add in substrate and things are even more shallow. The Edge is only eight or so inches deep/tall, if I remember correctly.

Yup, its about 8 and some inches tall. Of course you have to also account for the 1-2" for the light's legs (assuming it has them).

Somewhatshocked, would 30 PAR be good for shorter, more compact growth for low-light plants (e.g. crypt parva and red wendtii).

I'm still unsure about if the Fugeray's 30 PAR or Ray IIs 49 PAR is better for a non CO2 and simple ferts setup.]

To Soup, I think an upgrade is worth it. Well lit Edges look amazing and many people have maintained low maintenance edge's with upgraded lighting. You could always diffuse the light it if it gets to be too bright. I think the stock light makes for a darker, shadowed tank (which is fine if you like it that way).

Soup12 12-03-2012 04:45 AM

okay I will go with the fugeray... so 12" or 16"???????????

I will use the stock lights on the fluval edge for the blue led moonlights (I will have both lights on different timers).

somewhatshocked 12-03-2012 12:50 PM

If you get the 12, you may not have great light spread unless you hang the fixture above the tank. I think that's all you'll need but some others will likely chime in.

STS: I was surprised by the intensity of the FugeRay. For instance, the 20" is so much light on a standard 10gal tank that I have to use a few layers of window screen to dampen things so I don't have algae issues.

STS_1OO 12-03-2012 04:58 PM

Thanks somewhatshocked for your input. I think I'm going to stick with the 16" Fugeray for my Fluval Spec V.

I'd love to get the Ray II 16" but I'm afraid that will be too much light and I don't have a means of hanging any light fixture at this point - so it must sit on the tank itself.

Thanks for your input somewhat.

somewhatshocked 12-03-2012 07:09 PM

Quite welcome. The Ray II would definitely be too strong for you. I think you'll really enjoy the FugeRay.

sepulvd 12-06-2012 08:46 AM

i say go with the fugeray. i just bought one for my 6G and i feel its the perfect light for it

ACFishTank 12-06-2012 01:33 PM

I just received the Fugeray 24" for my 15 gallon (12" depth) and couldn't be happier. The RayII would definitely be overkill for a low tech tank.

Mike


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