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Old 09-14-2013, 07:23 PM   #1
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Finnex FugeRay Planted+ first impressions


Hi all,

I was one of the lucky winners that received this prototype lamp a week ago. I'd never won something so significant before so its all a bit sureal. Nonetheless, I run a fair share of lighting equipment and wanted to share my findings. The comparison will be based on lamps which i own and use at home. Photos were taken with an old Sony DSC-P200 7.2mp camera. its old but it still works. Ive tried my best to lock the settings in manual mode for a more accurate comparison.

The unboxing


The lamp


The light diode arrangement is more in line with the fugeray board than the RayII.


Accessories in the package


24" Cadlight T5HO with 6500k bulbs


24" Current USA Satelite LED+


24" Finnex FugeRay Plant+ LED


My Chili Rasboras coming to say hello!


The Cadlight fluorescents offered a bit more warmth than the current LED+ so i had switched back to using those on this particular tank. The Plant+ lamp is a step brighter than the Cadlight (likely due to me needing to replace these 6500k bulbs) and are noticeably brighter than the LED+. The Plant+ is only a hair dimmer than RayII but the warmth of the colors attributed to the red LEDs is something this hobbyist is willing to accept if my plants are provided a wider spectrum of light.

The one thing many of you will have in mind is the PAR readings on each. I'll have to come back tonight with my Hoppy PAR meter to provide figures.

Finnex has been in the light fixture market for a number of years. The Fugeray has been an excellent fixture for low/medium tech nanos. The RAYII is the current "go to" lamp for high tech LED setups. The MonsterRay has made all my fish burst with colors.

Now this new FugeRay Planted+ lamp has sealed the deal and is going make them a force to be reckoned with.

I hope Finnex keep making these great products for us to enjoy this hobby.

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Old 09-14-2013, 08:10 PM   #2
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one point worth mentioning, there appears to be shadowing when using the satellite LED+. this is attributed to the lower profile of the fixture and how it sits directly on the rim of the tank. The Finnex fixture and Cadlight rest on legs which raise it 1.25-2" above the rim of the tank so it eliminates the shadows cast in the immediate front and rear glass.
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Old 09-16-2013, 02:04 AM   #3
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Thanks for posting this. I've been thinking about purchasing the Plant Fugeray when it comes out (October, yes?) and this has helped me make my decision.
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Old 09-16-2013, 03:46 AM   #4
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Nice review! I'll be curious to see your PAR numbers. Since I'm a geek I dropped the images and Photoshop so I could swap layers and compare, and the Planted+ definitely has the warmest color (assuming the white balance is the same on each). That's a huge bonus for the number one best thing about having a planted tank... actually looking at it.

I added supplemental RGB LEDs to my Ray 2 to add in warmth. It worked great for me, but if it didn't I'd be looking at one (or two?) of these. My Ray 2 has been fantastic at growing my plants, so I'm not sure how much PAR I'd want to drop though — 30% is a lot. I might want 2, at which point you are into higher end LED setups.
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Old 09-18-2013, 06:51 PM   #5
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Congrats on the Finnex Fugeray planted+. Hope it is doing wonders for you!
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Old 09-18-2013, 08:46 PM   #6
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Congratulations on your win and thanks for a nice review and good pics

Can't wait for an update as I'm interested in this LED for my 60P project
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Old 10-06-2013, 12:52 AM   #7
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How's it working out for your plants?
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Old 10-28-2013, 10:45 PM   #8
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Plants are doing really well. Ricca has been growing thickly and have not broken apart. This is usually a sign of adequate lighting where by the lack of usually results in ricca bits frayed just about everywhere in the tank. Mosses and S.repens are doing great but these are not terribly challenging plants like the aforementioned. Sunset Hygro is coloring up nicely. This is something that only full spectrum lights normally can pull off, where other lamps typically leave pale new growth.

Bear in mind that this is a 20gallon high tank so the depth of the tank is likely taller than most ADA type rimless tanks. Due to the amount of light produced, you may wish to consider elevating it a few inches above a rimless tank as one would on a RAY II.
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@ACD - thanks for the update! What the height from fixture to substrate in your setup?
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@ACD - thanks for the update! What the height from fixture to substrate in your setup?
The tank has a height of 16". the substrate is about 3". the legs on the fixture elevates another 1.75".

I'd wager about about 14" from lamp to substrate. its considered fairly tall when compared to the rimless setups. If we want to split hairs, the rim itself does add another .2" of height.

In contrast to a neighboring tank using t5ho lamps, there are no green spot algae developing on the glass and this tank does not have any fast growing plants to soak excess nutrients. I'm pretty pleased with the results.

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Thanks for the update! I'm glad to hear it's working out for you. My 35 gal is ~17" tall from substrate so I think one of these would work out well in there. Excited to get one!
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Acitydweler, you stated above: The one thing many of you will have in mind is the PAR readings on each. I'll have to come back tonight with my Hoppy PAR meter to provide figures.

Anything on this? thank you!
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Acitydweler, you stated above: The one thing many of you will have in mind is the PAR readings on each. I'll have to come back tonight with my Hoppy PAR meter to provide figures.

Anything on this? thank you!
I would also love know what the PAR findings are with respect to this light.
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Old 11-13-2013, 02:03 AM   #14
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Sorry for the delay. I've been backed up with the rescape of my 40g, Regulator build, 12g setup and now a new 12x12x9 tank to setup. hehe I'll try to have some numbers this weekend.
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