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Old 04-16-2013, 02:17 PM   #16
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Ok, I won't lie, this has me interested...
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On another note... I sent Current an email regarding PAR numbers and they just got back to me after talking it over with their engineering department.

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The PAR value for 1 SAT+ 12" deep is 36 micromols and at 24" is at 21 micromols. We're growing HC in a 18" deep tank with 1 SAT+ and 1 SAT regular. A SAT+ and finnex will grow any plant with no problems if CO2 is available.

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Thanks for the information. A little less PAR than I expected. I might need to add an exotic stunner strip in 8K depending on what my plants do.
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Old 04-16-2013, 04:28 PM   #18
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Ok, I won't lie, this has me interested...
Same here, and the price make it affordable. I wonder what is the warranty on this fixture.
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Old 04-16-2013, 04:53 PM   #19
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The PAR value for 1 SAT+ 12" deep is 36 micromols and at 24" is at 21 micromols. We're growing HC in a 18" deep tank with 1 SAT+ and 1 SAT regular. A SAT+ and finnex will grow any plant with no problems if CO2 is available.

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Did they tell you what settings? I would think that because it can change colors, the par would be different based on the color setting it is in. Either way I plan on getting one for my 20 gallon. I like the idea that I can play with the light to get the exact look I want. You can't beat the price. I found it on thepetplace.com and they price match and free ship!
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I just bought the 18" freshwater plus yesterday! We've had one set up at the store for about a month now, super cool light. I got an employee raincheck but they were 30% off this weekend at the store, so I snagged mine for about $65.00. Lovely light, so far from what I've observed in store (it's only been a month though) everything seems good with the quality
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Old 04-16-2013, 07:33 PM   #21
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Did they tell you what settings? I would think that because it can change colors, the par would be different based on the color setting it is in.
No they didn't. But sounds like a good question for me to ask... I'll get back to you.
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Old 04-16-2013, 07:36 PM   #22
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I just bought the 18" freshwater plus yesterday! We've had one set up at the store for about a month now, super cool light. I got an employee raincheck but they were 30% off this weekend at the store, so I snagged mine for about $65.00. Lovely light, so far from what I've observed in store (it's only been a month though) everything seems good with the quality
You're talking about the Current Satellite right? Not the BuildmyLED.com light?

Anyway, if it's the Current light, is it on a planted tank?
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I was sitting over here, so smug after my recent purchase of a Marineland Aquatic Plant fixture... loving life with my moonlight setting and built-in timers...

now I'm suddenly jealous. This looks so freaking cool.

My only questions: what mode does it default to? ...meaning if you put this on a timer that cuts the power, does it come back on @ the previous setting? or a default setting?

I'm also a bit concerned about the PAR - seems a little sparse... but nothing that wouldn't be fixed by 2 of 'em!

At least I know what I'm getting when this Marineland light fails! (sure hope I don't accidentally drop it in the tank during my next water change...)
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Old 04-16-2013, 08:05 PM   #24
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Oh yeah.. I did ask about the ability to be placed on a timer. Apparently there's some memory built in so it will just turn on under the last setting. And it comes with a 1 year warranty.


Edit: the PAR numbers are sparse but in all fairness, they're pretty close to the Finnex Monster Ray's numbers.
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Oh yeah.. I did ask about the ability to be placed on a timer. Apparently there's some memory built in so it will just turn on under the last setting. And it comes with a 1 year warranty.


Edit: the PAR numbers are sparse but in all fairness, they're pretty close to the Finnex Monster Ray's numbers.
I can attest that it comes on under the last setting so be careful if you let your kids come up with wild variations under the the 4 different save buttons and your timer kicks off when they are having fun. Happened to me Sunday morning, little stinkers...
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You're talking about the Current Satellite right? Not the BuildmyLED.com light?

Anyway, if it's the Current light, is it on a planted tank?
Yep, I'm talking about the Current USA light. The tank will be planted, I'm just setting it up now. The display at work is unfortunately just over fake plants, but the 18" satellite plus has 600 lumens versus a marineland double bright which has 450 and the light has a better spread than the marinelands imo. Not sure about the par values compared to other lights. But it should at least be able to pull off low light plants, which is what I'm going for.

I was looking into getting a finnex but the amazon ratings worried me (not sure if they were in the minority, being broken within weeks) but when the satellite was on sale, I decided to go for that instead.
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Ok some more shots playing around with the settings (complete with some hair algae I need to take care of) I did compare it to the two 13w pcls and the led is brighter than one by far but is probably not quite as bright as both of them but it seems very close.

Blue turned way up with everything else off



Green turned way up



Full on Red



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Wow thanks for the pics! The RED is what I'm looking for! I mean, I already have the 24" Finnex Ray 2 so I would imagine this light would make a great companion light to supplement what I need. I think I'm going to give it a go!

Edit: I guess you decided to get rid of the PVC?
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Wow thanks for the pics! The RED is what I'm looking for! I mean, I already have the 24" Finnex Ray 2 so I would imagine this light would make a great companion light to supplement what I need. I think I'm going to give it a go!

Edit: I guess you decided to get rid of the PVC?
I took it off before the pictures when I was doing some tank maintenance and trimming and just put the light back up there for some quick pics but it is back in place now. I am contemplating resting the light on the glass because that would make it about 9 inches from substrate to light which has to up the PAR some but even with the PVC it is only about 10 inches.
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The PAR value for 1 SAT+ 12" deep is 36 micromols and at 24" is at 21 micromols. We're growing HC in a 18" deep tank with 1 SAT+ and 1 SAT regular. A SAT+ and finnex will grow any plant with no problems if CO2 is available.

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Did they tell you what settings? I would think that because it can change colors, the par would be different based on the color setting it is in. Either way I plan on getting one for my 20 gallon. I like the idea that I can play with the light to get the exact look I want. You can't beat the price. I found it on thepetplace.com and they price match and free ship!
So I requested that information and Current responded with, "Because most Par meters don't measure blue light, we had it on the orange setting to get the maximum Par readings."

Hope this helps!
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