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Old 05-02-2013, 08:54 PM   #1
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LED lighting for 20L - Low/Med


So I'm planning on switching to LED off of my CFL bulbs soon. So far I have been looking at the Finnex Fugeray and Beamswork LEDs (eybay item: 300893831000). Been reading that the Fugeray will provide more light than needed/wanted for "low/med" light setups. I plan on just growing some moss, stem plants, and maybe crypts/dwarf sag/etc. I could always use some screening to lower the intensity of the light if possible, though right?

For the Beamswork, I've seen good and bad things about them. If I'm on a budget, is the Beamswork worth it or should I save up and get the Fugeray? Or is there a better option of LED for a budget?
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Old 05-02-2013, 09:12 PM   #2
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I personally own a fugeray on my 20L and glad I decided to upgrade from my t5no fixture. It should provide more than enough light for your aquarium plants. As for the beam works I don't own one but a buddy of mine does it just reminds me of a MarineLand double bright fixture that's remade, but it should give you low lighting for your plants. Its up to you to decide which fixture you want I chose fugeray because aesthetically looked better and it helped reduce my temperature of my tank because the dual t5 was sitting on my glass top.

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@golfwang, thank you for your input. That's actually another reason I want to switch. During the Summer months, the tank gets 78-82+F WITHOUT the lights on, so I really do need a cooler running lighting system.

What kind of plants are you growing? I do have floaters to block some light if the Fugeray is too much thoughh:P
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Old 05-03-2013, 12:14 AM   #5
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I'm growing the same low light plants you are moss, java ferns, marimo balls and dwarf sags I had floaters, but removed them.

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No algae?:O
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Yup, no algae with my Finnex Fugeray so far.
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Have you put any window screen or anything to lower the intensity of the LED by any chance?
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Right now I'm only using one cut of screen to reduce its intensity, but I really think its not needed IMO.
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This is great info, thank you. I think I'll use a screen on mine anyways. Is there any particular thing I should look out for when looking for screen?

This will suffice right?
http://www.homedepot.com/p/Phifer-36...stomer_reviews
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Yeah that's the same one I got you can save a buck by getting the 48x56 roll.
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There is also an Aqueon Modular 30". Stock it can go up to 3 bulbs. I have one with 1 white and 2 colormax on my 37G along with a Ray 2.

It's price total is near the fugeray, and I would recommend going that route and diffusing it if it is too much light for your needs.
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Of course if you want red plants the fugeray won't give you that, which is why I have both on my 37G with two colormax bulbs.
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Well that just made it more complicated for me.. Haha

So the fugeray is lacking red? Is the modular 30" w/ 1 white and 2 colormax sufficient/comparable to the Fugeray in the sense of output, longevity, etc?

Biggest issue I'm "having" is there's no splash guard, as I do not want to run a lid on the tank atm.
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Old 05-03-2013, 08:26 PM   #15
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The modular 30 is probably around 40% as strong as the RAY 2,

The problem with the 30 inches is that they typically have the same number of leds spread over 30 inches as the 24s do over 24.

My 36 Fugeray seems around the same brightness as my 30" ray 2 for comparison.

Both the fugeray and ray2 lack red. I'm guessing this is why there is a fugeray-r in 10inch and some people add a monsterray for looks. However at the cost of a monsterray 36 inch, adding it for just red seems a bit pricey if you ask me.
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