Light Fixtures Recommendations
Planted Tank Forums
Your Tanks Image Hosting *Tank Tracker * Plant Profiles Fish Profiles Planted Tank Guide Photo Gallery Articles

Go Back   The Planted Tank Forum > Specific Aspects of a Planted Tank > Lighting


Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 04-13-2014, 07:00 AM   #1
KFryman
Planted Member
 
KFryman's Avatar
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Fremont, CA
Posts: 196
Default Light Fixtures Recommendations

I recently received a Aquatop rimless bowfront 8.7 gallon tank. It's 18 inches long. I'm not too sure on depth and width, maybe 12 inches, but I need a light fixture for it, preferably led. I was looking into getting a Fugeray planted +, however I would either have to get a 16" model or a 20". I would offset it and may set up a little Pico tank up on the side if I went this route. I would like to have medium low light and for now I don't want to mess with co2. I am gonna have reds in the tank so I feel that the planted + would complement plants such as sunset Hydro, hopefully I can get my hands on ludwigia sp red.

Anyways I would like to get opinions on light fixtures that would be suitable for what I am looking to set up. Any recommendations and advice would be appreciated.
__________________
KFryman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-13-2014, 10:14 AM   #2
Raymond S.
Planted Tank Guru
 
Raymond S.'s Avatar
 
PTrader: (4/100%)
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: Hot Springs Ar. 71901
Posts: 2,655
Default

In the BML you can get as many reds as you want to but the Planted+ has just a few of them. Which is more than none as in what the others have. Red LED's don't register on PAR meters so no data exist on the Planted+ but I would think it to be equal to the Fugeray in PAR so that can be checked on to see what you would get.
Assuming that you wanted the other tank to have the same light level, you can just raise it if it's too much.
__________________
The shortest distance between any two points is a straight line...in the opposite direction...
Raymond S. is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-13-2014, 06:22 PM   #3
Hoppy
Planted Tank Guru
 
Hoppy's Avatar
 
PTrader: (75/100%)
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Sacramento, CA
Posts: 18,866
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Raymond S. View Post
Red LED's don't register on PAR meters so no data exist on the Planted+
The last I read from Finnex, the reason for no PAR data on the Planted+ is that the person/company they relied on to do their PAR testing is no longer doing that. They were looking for someone else to do it at that time - a few months ago.

Finnex PAR data was measured with the LI COR PAR meter, which does measure the red light that is within the 400-700 nm spectral range for PAR. It is the Apogee Quantum PAR meter that misses some of the red light near 700 nm.
__________________
Hoppy
Hoppy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-13-2014, 10:09 PM   #4
KFryman
Planted Member
 
KFryman's Avatar
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Fremont, CA
Posts: 196
Default

I think I want to go with Finnex because they are a much cheaper alternative to BML, though in the future that may be an option if I decide to go the higher light option.

Thanks for clearing that up Hoppy. I've seen that people say that the Planted plus is somewhere in between the Ray 2 and Fugeray. The only problem I have is the options for the planted+ don't fit perfectly on the tank. I either have to go with hanging a 16" fixture or possibly getting a 20" and moving the mounting brackets inwards so there would be a 1 inch over hang on each side. I am thinking with going with the latter because it would mean much less work in setting up the tank.
__________________
KFryman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-13-2014, 10:26 PM   #5
lamiskool
Wannabe Guru
 
lamiskool's Avatar
 
PTrader: (12/100%)
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Fremont, CA
Posts: 1,343
Default

get the current sat plus, it comes in 18" and will give you low-med light with the option to dim it and even change colors.
__________________
lamiskool is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT. The time now is 12:38 PM.


Powered by vBulletin®
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright Planted Tank LLC 2012