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Old 02-17-2013, 05:13 PM   #1
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pic of color comparison: T5 vs Finnex Ray2


Tank: ADA 60-P - high tech

Top pic: Two 21 inch T5 bulbs (one is 12k and the other is 6500k)
Bottom pic: Finnex Ray2 (hung about 7 inches above water)

As you can see, the LED light tends to wash out some nice colors. The Ludwigia Red was grown under the LED light so it might even be darker if I grew it under the T5s.

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I posted a similar question yesterday. It could nude a touch more red. Not sure how to add that.
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Old 02-17-2013, 05:37 PM   #3
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What K ratings is the LEDs?

One of the downside of LEDs is the K choices are not easily as changeable in a pre-made fixture like changing a bulb.

I think one of the reasons why reefs switch back to T5HO or MH.
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I'm guessing they are the 7000k LEDs.

Red plants do seem to struggle under my Finnex fixture, but overall, I'm really happy with it.
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Old 02-17-2013, 05:46 PM   #5
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I don't kjnow what 12000k bulb you had but I'm sure that has something to do with bringing out the reds more.
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Old 02-17-2013, 05:54 PM   #6
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This is why I'm not ready to switch. I like the almost surreal colors produced by a mixture of T5s.
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Old 02-17-2013, 07:24 PM   #7
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This is why I'm not ready to switch. I like the almost surreal colors produced by a mixture of T5s.
I'm with you on this AT.

For my new tank I was looking hard into LED's since everyone seems to be all about LEDs...LED this...LED that... and it's wowness! I looked at both highend and DIY options and after my research I decided against it since I couldn't find anything that would make the purchase worthwhile.

The biggest drawback for me is that there aren't good one stop solutions for the planted community. Then the fixtures that do seem to cater for small tanks with blah intensity IMO. So you now have to buy 3~6 of the stupid fixtures to get intensity/coverage, worse if you have big tanks since these things are not cheap.

If it could give me colors not possible with T5HO then that's different, but as is, it brings nothing new to the table color wise and that's my bottom line.
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Old 02-17-2013, 07:42 PM   #8
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I posted these pics awhile back. Both pics are of two different 75 gallon tanks but with the same type of plants.

FugeRay2

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Not only are the colors different but the 75 with the Ray2 got infested with hair algae even with pressurized Co2 it wasn't even funny.
Lets just say my Fuge Ray 2 is now over two smaller fry tanks.
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