60-P: Finnex 24" Ray 2 or 24" Fuge Ray
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 11-29-2012, 08:34 PM   #1
jmhart
Wannabe Guru
 
jmhart's Avatar
 
PTrader: (36/100%)
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Atlanta,GA
Posts: 1,616
Default

60-P: Finnex 24" Ray 2 or 24" Fuge Ray


Currently have 2x55 watt PC (Coralife). It's too much light. Has been since day one on this tank. Finally tired of it.

The tank is a 60-P with pressurized co2.

In a 24" fixture, would you recommend the Finnex Ray 2 or the Finnex Fugeray?

My goal for the tank is to be low maintenace (no longer have the time for weekly trimming). Primarily I'd like to grow anubias, crypts, blyxas but I'd love the option to grow hairgrass and staurogyne repens.
jmhart is online now   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 11-29-2012, 08:37 PM   #2
somewhatshocked
Obsessed? Maybe
 
somewhatshocked's Avatar
 
PTrader: (428/100%)
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Louisville, KY
Posts: 11,379
Default

Have you checked the PAR data in the Finnex sponsor forum?

That'll basically make your decision for you.
somewhatshocked is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 11-29-2012, 08:39 PM   #3
jmhart
Wannabe Guru
 
jmhart's Avatar
 
PTrader: (36/100%)
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Atlanta,GA
Posts: 1,616
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by somewhatshocked View Post
Have you checked the PAR data in the Finnex sponsor forum?

That'll basically make your decision for you.

I did check it, but it's really borderline. The Ray 2 seems like it is too much, but the Fugeray seems like it might be a bit low for a 60-P. Wondering if anyone made a similiar choice and what their thoughts were.
jmhart is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 11-29-2012, 08:57 PM   #4
freph
Planted Tank Guru
 
PTrader: (22/100%)
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Fayetteville, NC
Posts: 2,251
Default

I believe this should answer your question just fine.

http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/sh...d.php?t=164881
__________________
20L - Decommissioned Mini M - Decommissioned
freph is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 11-29-2012, 09:09 PM   #5
BeachBum2012
Planted Member
 
BeachBum2012's Avatar
 
PTrader: (9/100%)
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Downey, Ca
Posts: 249
Default

I have a Ray 2 hanging over my tank. Its the Mr Aqua version of a 60P
__________________
I used to be indecisive but now I'm not so sure.

Mr Aqua 17g
BeachBum2012 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-30-2012, 12:50 AM   #6
ronaldvalente
Planted Member
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: NC
Posts: 241
Default

Have you looked at a BuildMyLED.com fixture? I was looking at a Finnex before I decided to go with the BuildMyLED.com fixture.
ronaldvalente is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-30-2012, 12:17 PM   #7
somewhatshocked
Obsessed? Maybe
 
somewhatshocked's Avatar
 
PTrader: (428/100%)
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Louisville, KY
Posts: 11,379
Default

Sorry, there's no comparison. The Finnex fixtures may be cheaply made but they're quite a steal when compared to the $180+ price tag of a BuildMyLED fixture. $95 for a 24" Ray II or $68 for a 24" FugeRay.

To the OP: If you get a fixture that provides too much light, you can definitely hang it. You can also diminish light levels by using layers of fiberglass window screen, which can easily be cut to size so they're barely noticeable.
somewhatshocked is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 11-30-2012, 01:17 PM   #8
jmhart
Wannabe Guru
 
jmhart's Avatar
 
PTrader: (36/100%)
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Atlanta,GA
Posts: 1,616
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by freph View Post
I believe this should answer your question just fine.

http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/sh...d.php?t=164881
Yeah, saw that thread. That's was the final deciding factor on going LED over T5HO. From looking through that journal, seems like the Ray 2 may be more than what I'm wanting.

Quote:
Originally Posted by BeachBum2012 View Post
I have a Ray 2 hanging over my tank. Its the Mr Aqua version of a 60P
Pressurized CO2? Happy with it? Too much light?

Quote:
Originally Posted by ronaldvalente View Post
Have you looked at a BuildMyLED.com fixture? I was looking at a Finnex before I decided to go with the BuildMyLED.com fixture.
Looked at those. For me, the sleek nature of the Finnex and low price tag is sufficient for my needs. Good reviews of the Finnex and an abundance of PAR data. Those BuildMyLED fixtures may be nice, but the performance of the Finnex stuff combined with the low price tag is a great selling point to me.

Quote:
Originally Posted by somewhatshocked View Post
Sorry, there's no comparison. The Finnex fixtures may be cheaply made but they're quite a steal when compared to the $180+ price tag of a BuildMyLED fixture. $95 for a 24" Ray II or $68 for a 24" FugeRay.

To the OP: If you get a fixture that provides too much light, you can definitely hang it. You can also diminish light levels by using layers of fiberglass window screen, which can easily be cut to size so they're barely noticeable.
Yeah, that's a good option. Since it's LED, I'd be cutting down on power usage compared to an equivalant PAR T5HO or PC fixture (which is a big plus), so "wasting" a little power by adding window screen woudl be acceptable. Have any good links to people that have done this, maybe something that shares best practices on how to make it look good?
jmhart is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 11-30-2012, 01:34 PM   #9
somewhatshocked
Obsessed? Maybe
 
somewhatshocked's Avatar
 
PTrader: (428/100%)
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Louisville, KY
Posts: 11,379
Default

Just cut it to size. and place it beneath the fixture. You can easily attach it with tape or rubber cement if you want it to be removable.

I use glass covers on most of my tanks and I just cut the screen to go right on the section of glass where the light will sit (T5s, mostly).

Quote:
Originally Posted by jmhart View Post
Have any good links to people that have done this, maybe something that shares best practices on how to make it look good?
somewhatshocked is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 11-30-2012, 01:35 PM   #10
jmhart
Wannabe Guru
 
jmhart's Avatar
 
PTrader: (36/100%)
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Atlanta,GA
Posts: 1,616
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by somewhatshocked View Post
Just cut it to size. and place it beneath the fixture. You can easily attach it with tape or rubber cement if you want it to be removable.

I use glass covers on most of my tanks and I just cut the screen to go right on the section of glass where the light will sit (T5s, mostly).
Thanks!
jmhart is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 12-01-2012, 01:50 PM   #11
somewhatshocked
Obsessed? Maybe
 
somewhatshocked's Avatar
 
PTrader: (428/100%)
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Louisville, KY
Posts: 11,379
Default

I neglected to mention that it comes in a few different colors so you can get it to match your setup.

I buy the black kind because it's less visible on tanks with rims. The silver and gray varieties may look better with Finnex fixtures. You'll just have to check things out in that aisle of the hardware store.
somewhatshocked is online now   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 02:21 AM.


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