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Old 04-20-2012, 10:23 PM   #1
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Default Finnex FugeRay Product Review

First let me start with a disclaimer: This is not a review of my experience, positive or negative, with Finnex as a company. This is a review of a product i currently own and have experience with, and does not reflect on Finnex or their other products.
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Now that that's over, lets get on with it. I purchased this fixture after a member in this thread pointed it out. "LED fixture that gives out medium light and only costs $40 shipped? Sign me up!" i said. Ordered it Tuesday and to my surprise here it is at 10:30am Friday morning. After getting it out of it's cardboard shipping box, this is revealed:
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Pretty standard packaging, nothing special. Fairly well protected for shipping with the bubble wrap and foam padding.

Here it is all unboxed and laid out for your viewing pleasure:
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No extra frills or crap; just a light, some legs, and a power cord. I like the power cord with the supply inline instead of at the plug, makes it so that big power supply isn't in the way of other things plugging in. The cord is a little short though (~3.5ft), not a problem for me but it might be for people with taller stands.

Putting it together was pretty straightforward. The legs just fit into two grooves that run the entire body of the fixture. No screws or fasteners to mess with, just slip it in and friction takes care of the rest. Nice way to do it. All put together:
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Putting it on the tank was also very straightforward. Slide the legs to adjust for tank width and set it on the rim. The light has a switch on each end, one controls the white emmiters, and one controls the blues. This allows for moonlight after the photo period. The luttle extra blue kick is nice when the whites are on during photoperiod as well, brings out colors nicely. Tank shot with full lights on (12"x12"x12" rimless cube @ 7.5 gallons):
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And moonlights only:
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My only complaint about this fixture is the moonlights. They're the perfect intensity for nighttime, but they're blue. Moonlight isn't blue. This is my big gripe with almost all moonlighting on the market today, blue just looks fake.

Other than the moonlight issue though, the light is a good one. Color rendition is great, fit and finish are great. Couldn't do better for $40 bucks shipped. We shall see how it grows the plants, maybe i can put in a Marsilea quadrifolia carpet in this thing finally? The website states that this puts out 38-42 PAR at 10" from the source, which is right in medium light. Time will tell.
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Old 04-21-2012, 03:23 AM   #2
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Nice informative write up and your issue with the 3.5' power cord is noted. Looking forward to your growth observations.
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Subscribing!

I like the look a lot better than the Clip light that came with my Finnex. Looking forward to see your plant growth success.

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I'm glad you did this review after me mentioning the light. It looks great on a 7.5 cube too. Thanks for the write up Grumpy Dwarf, much appreciated. Let me know how growth goes, I made a note of plants to add to my tank in the nano tank section... hoping this light will work for all those plants.
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I'm glad you did this review after me mentioning the light. It looks great on a 7.5 cube too. Thanks for the write up Grumpy Dwarf, much appreciated. Let me know how growth goes, I made a note of plants to add to my tank in the nano tank section... hoping this light will work for all those plants.
If the par values are true on the manufacturers website, this should grow any plant. Might have a small amount of trouble getting some stuff to fully carpet, but maybe not. If so, two of them would fit on a 7.5g cube with plenty of room to spare, and that would up the lighting significantly.

I will definately report back about growth in a week or two. The stargrass was working OK under the ecopico, though a bit leggy. I was only using one strip with the ecopico though, two was too much to control the GSA without me having to add Co2, and this is my low tech tank. I think this might get it to spread out the leaves some more instead of directly up. The stargrass in my main tank has leaves that are easily 3 times longer than the ones in the shrimp tank.
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If the par values are true on the manufacturers website, this should grow any plant. Might have a small amount of trouble getting some stuff to fully carpet, but maybe not.
Well this is what I'm shooting for in my 7.5



Flora:
Dwarf Hair Grass (Eleocharis parvula)
Java Moss (Taxiphyllum barbieri)
Narrowleaf Java Fern (Microsorum pteropus Narrow)
Vallisneria Corkscrew
Stargrass (Heteranthera zosterifolia)


The DHG will hopefully carpet... but I hope that light will be enough to do so, though I might have to add DIY Co2 or something to help grow these... not sure.
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Man I thought this is the Ray2 lol
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Man I thought this is the Ray2 lol
From what i can see theyre the same light, the ray2 is just longer. They both use the same LEDs, have the same unibody construction, and the same legs.
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Oh same don't tempt me on resoldering moonlights... not when I have the equipment for it next to me minus LEDs... lol
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I wouldn't recommend trying unless you know how to reflow solder. It's very hard to solder SMD properly with a soldering iron.
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I wouldn't recommend trying unless you know how to reflow solder. It's very hard to solder SMD properly with a soldering iron.
Lol, Im a tech ed teacher... I have to know how to reflow solder and I have about... 12 soldering irons at least haha.
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Great, just ordered one of these for my 12" cube. Hope it holds up well, it looks to be of high quality. I'll probably pick up the Ray 2 in the bigger sizes for my other rimless tanks if this is as great as it looks.
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Here's a closeup photo of the difference between the white and blue LEDS. Sorry it's so dark, my camera dimmed it way down. Not sure how to change the auto correction on it.
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how are the plants liking it so far?
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Bump for interest in plant growth so far~
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