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Old 06-15-2013, 09:09 PM   #1
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Looking for LED light fix. for 45 gal


Hey guys, tons of topic around the forum but none are helping me out.

I was looking at DIY but the prices are $300 to $500. So I thought, why not check out the premade fixtures people use, first?

I have a heavily planted tank. I have DHG, red plants, all the high maintenance requiring stuff. So I want a unit to my meet my plant's needs. Tank height is 16" by 12 x 48. Im not interested in the dimable shenanigans. The only reason Im looking into leds is because Im tired of changing bulbs.

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I find that if you want red's to come out, you want to be sure to use neutral whites in your build. Cool whites are great for green plants, but typically just don't bring out the reds well. As soon as I ramped up the intensity from my neutral whites, the reds just burst out.
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http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/sh...=345602&page=3

So I guess I need to make sure there are neutral white leds.

What kind of led fixtures are people using who have a high tech tank?
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Get two kessil a150w. I want one so bad but Im not sure if one will be enough on a 30 inch tank

I have also been looking at Rapid LED par38s which have warm and cool whites but Im not sure the balance.

If I was super rich I would just get a radion because that thing is amazing!

Either way a good LED set up is gonna run 300 - 500 and I prefer the finished look of these products over DIY. Plus I am not good at DIYing

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Heres a kessil in action this tank is awesome! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UP8mjsR-O-I
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Thanks. Im liking the LED PAR38 as it is minimal and saving on money. I just need to know temp. and more reviews of people using them on their planted tank. 2 for my tank would be around $150 to $200.

The kessil a150w seem too expensive. $450 or so for two. Im sure there are other fixtures for that price range that might challenge it. Again, I will have to look.


With either, I dont know if they are overkill for my tank or how high I need them above the tank. I saw some guy hang the par38s from his ceiling. I mean, talk about overkill!! I dont want to hang something THAT high. He was gettin par of 100 without water, on substrate from that height. Cant I get that fixture for half the price, push out 100 par but from right above my waterline? I prefer if I can have the fixture underneath my hood. But seeing how every fixture has a fan for vent, I might need to go hoodless. I dont mind it, as long as I get the perfect fixture for the perfect price.
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Thanks. Im liking the LED PAR38 as it is minimal and saving on money. I just need to know temp. and more reviews of people using them on their planted tank. 2 for my tank would be around $150 to $200.

The kessil a150w seem too expensive. $450 or so for two. Im sure there are other fixtures for that price range that might challenge it. Again, I will have to look.


With either, I dont know if they are overkill for my tank or how high I need them above the tank. I saw some guy hang the par38s from his ceiling. I mean, talk about overkill!! I dont want to hang something THAT high. He was gettin par of 100 without water, on substrate from that height. Cant I get that fixture for half the price, push out 100 par but from right above my waterline? I prefer if I can have the fixture underneath my hood. But seeing how every fixture has a fan for vent, I might need to go hoodless. I dont mind it, as long as I get the perfect fixture for the perfect price.
I have heard good things about finnex ray 2 that might fit your needs but these fixtures dont have the shimmer that other led fixtures will. Unfortunately I have heard some negative things about Kessils when posting on Nano reef today so I will no longer be pursuing one.

Most likely I will get 2 or 3 of the Rapid LED fixtures with 80 degree optics. I think at 80 degree optics I will mount them at about 1'/1.5' above the tank using goosenecks and have high light. When you see them on the ceiling thats usually very narrow optics.

Heres a link of them over a freshwater tank

http://www.nano-reef.com/topic/29319...ed-bleh-vince/
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I have heard good things about finnex ray 2 that might fit your needs but these fixtures dont have the shimmer that other led fixtures will. Unfortunately I have heard some negative things about Kessils when posting on Nano reef today so I will no longer be pursuing one.

Most likely I will get 2 or 3 of the Rapid LED fixtures with 80 degree optics. I think at 80 degree optics I will mount them at about 1'/1.5' above the tank using goosenecks and have high light. When you see them on the ceiling thats usually very narrow optics.

Heres a link of them over a freshwater tank

http://www.nano-reef.com/topic/29319...ed-bleh-vince/
Im liking the rapid led due to the price point. But looking at the link they illuminate soooo little. I have a 45 and was thinking about mounting 2.
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