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Old 03-12-2014, 04:10 AM   #46
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How useful is ramp timer?
Depends on your goals.

If you have a complicated schedule in mind, want to create custom colors, or use the "dynamic" modes (which aren't really modes you want to leave your tank on all the time anyway, IMO) it's not very useful.

If your goal is simply to use one of the recommended colors (such as yellow, which is the "sunlight" mode the manufacturers have told us is best for growing plants), and have the lights fade on gradually at X:00 and then fade off gradually at Y:00, so the cycle is nicer for your fish, then the ramp timer is excellent.
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Thanks

How good is sunlight mode?
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Old 03-12-2014, 08:31 PM   #48
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How good is sunlight mode?
Depends on your needs? PAR values for the light is on the Current USA website.
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Good, solid low light for plants.
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Hi all - I'm trying to carpet HC (dwarf tears) in a 55 gallon. 20" tall, 18" to substrate.

I already have one Sat+. Will two allow them to carpet along with a CO2 system? Or do I need to go with another light?
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Old 04-25-2014, 09:33 AM   #51
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36g Coner
1 x 24" Current USA Satelite+
1 x 18" Current USA Planted





With 18" on only:

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Old 06-20-2014, 07:51 PM   #52
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Default 90 gallon - 24" tall x 48" long x 18" deep

I have the 48-60" sat + for my 90g. Is this enough? It's a pretty deep tank and my plants aren't doing great...I'm new to aquariums and have been adding flourish and flourish excel and tabs and flourite substrate...could the light be my problem? Even my amazon swords aren't liking me.
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Old 06-20-2014, 07:58 PM   #53
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You should run dual to get better growth. Although, a sword is a low light tolerant plant. Do you have root tabs under them? They are heavy root feeders. Also, by adding a carbon source like excel or glut will help.
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Old 12-22-2014, 09:29 PM   #54
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I'm setting up a 65 gallon (36x18x24) tank and want the ability to carpet plants. Would two of these lights achieve a high enough PAR at the substrate level for this, or would I be better off looking at something higher powered?
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Old 02-07-2015, 05:23 PM   #55
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I'm setting up a 65 gallon (36x18x24) tank and want the ability to carpet plants. Would two of these lights achieve a high enough PAR at the substrate level for this, or would I be better off looking at something higher powered?
So that means 24" deep right? Two of these lights at 24" isn't enough for carpet plants. I have a 24" deep 120g with two of these lights and have struggled dearly and killed any carpet plant I have tried. It also doesn't serve my red plants well at all and they have perished also. I run CO2 and ferts with Flourite substrate and it just couldn't hang.

I'm still learning, but after my research I believe you need a 50 PAR minimum at the substrate to grow most carpet plants. The PAR readings at 24" on the Sat + is 21 I believe (per the first post on this thread).

I've just purchased two EcoTech Radion XR15 Freshwaters and am giving those a go. I want carpet plants too!

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So that means 24" deep right? Two of these lights at 24" isn't enough for carpet plants. I have a 24" deep 120g with two of these lights and have struggled dearly and killed any carpet plant I have tried. It also doesn't serve my red plants well at all and they have perished also. I run CO2 and ferts with Flourite substrate and it just couldn't hang.

I'm still learning, but after my research I believe you need a 50 PAR minimum at the substrate to grow most carpet plants. The PAR readings at 24" on the Sat + is 21 I believe (per the first post on this thread).

I've just purchased two EcoTech Radion XR15 Freshwaters and am giving those a go. I want carpet plants too!
I wound up getting 2x Ecoxotic E-90 fixtures. They are much stronger then the sats. I'm looking at 55-60 PAR, if not a tad more, at the substrate level with these, which should be plenty. Where their light overlaps, it'll be more. The spectrum is really nice on them too. Nice and natural.

I would have loved to get some Radions but they are just really expensive. I'd probably need two of the double light fixtures, which would be well over $1000.
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I have had a 36 inch Satellite + on my 46 bow for about a year. HC is growing well but my mosses and anubias don't seem to like it. It might be too bright for them.
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Old 03-03-2015, 01:11 PM   #58
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I can get HC to carpet with a Sat+ on a 10 gallon with CO2 of course. The CO2 is pretty high but not high enough to kill my shrimp.

I have to admit that for the first few weeks I did add a dual T5HO but that was only to speed growth so that the HC took root. It's such a fine plant that I wanted to get it rooted as soon as possible.
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