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sarazorz 02-11-2013 09:41 PM

Marineland "Plant Light" vs. 2x Marineland Double Brights?
Oh hello there, I'm new around these parts. I just finished reading the LED lighting compendium and I have now, a question about this relatively new Marineland Aquatic Plant fixture...

Is there really a point in paying almost 100 dollars more for this fixture when I can get two of the Marineland Double Brights for 100 less? Most importantly, I'm ok with a medium range PAR. I just don't want it in the low range.

And, I'm talking about the 24"-36" models.

Two Double Bright fixtures on Amazon: ~152 bucks
One Aquatic Plant fixture on Amazon: ~246 bucks

Double Bright PAR specs: 35 PAR @ 12", 19 PAR @ 24"
...with two that would make a PAR of about 40. Right? Or does adding them not really work this way?

This lighting will be for a 29gal tank, most likely.
Thanks guys :)

mfurufuru 02-12-2013 06:08 AM

Re: Marineland "Plant Light" vs. 2x Marineland Double Brights?
I have the planted version. The box claims par values as following
Along with the following light spectrum
I've had it for about a month a my plants have been doing pretty good.
I ll try to write a review of out soon.
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sarazorz 02-12-2013 08:43 AM

So, is there any point in buying this fixture when I can just buy 2 Double Brights for less, considering that I'm looking for medium light?

Pyrojodge 02-12-2013 10:02 AM

Look at finnex... for the cost they are great...

somewhatshocked 02-12-2013 01:00 PM

You're going to have low light with 24" Double Brights on a standard 29gal tank.

Definitely consider a different brand of fixture. I second the Finnex recommendation. You'd end up saving a ton of money and would only need a single fixture.

TexasCichlid 02-12-2013 01:50 PM

I second the above. Go with the Finnex, it's a better value.

Say Car Ramrod 02-12-2013 02:37 PM

Re: Marineland "Plant Light" vs. 2x Marineland Double Brights?
I third finnex!

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HybridHerp 02-12-2013 03:10 PM

I fourth it (fifth it too if I can count each tank I have one on separately)

defender.TX 02-12-2013 07:34 PM

Finnex Ray II. Really no reason to do anything else if they come in a size that fits your tank. If you are looking for the built in day/night timer of the Marineland Aquatic Plant System then that's a compelling reason to buy that unit, but I'm assuming you don't care much since you were leaning towards dual Marineland Double-Brights. One Finnex Ray II fixture would replace both of the Double-Brights.

HybridHerp 02-12-2013 10:31 PM

Marineland "Plant Light" vs. 2x Marineland Double Brights?
I'd rather just get a separate timer than rely on a pre-built in one tbh.

PRSRocker3390 02-13-2013 09:10 PM

It's been said many times already but.....get a Finnex! The Ray2 would be great!

sarazorz 02-18-2013 06:42 PM

^ This?

And, thanks guys :) Much appreciated!

owens81jw 02-18-2013 08:51 PM

YEp ray 2

You Gonna luv it

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