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Old 06-23-2014, 06:55 AM   #1
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finnex LED vs aqualife T5 high output


For the past few months, I have been looking for cheaper lighting system that wont constantly cost me $44 dollars a visit every 6 months to my local pet store. After about 5 or 6 months my t5ho bulbs tented to dim rather quickly. This is occurring now and I am wondering if investing a finnex ray2 and finnex planted + lighting system would get me into the mid to high lighting range.

Lighting Fixture -Aqualife dual 24" 48 watt T5HO

Tank Size ---------20 gallon high with a 3 inch dry fert substrate and 1 inch layer of black sand on top (4 inch substrate)

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telanthera, rosaefolia
green and red crypts.
red cabomba
tilted red ludwigia

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seachems flourish

Does any one think I would maintain or even brighten my tank with just the finnex ray 2 and/or finnex planted +?

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Old 06-23-2014, 11:49 PM   #2
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You may have as much as 90 PAR light intensity with the T5HO light. That is a lot of light! A Finnex Ray2 should give you about 65 PAR by itself. The Planted plus might give you an additional 50 PAR.
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Would you say it is a good investment for LEDs or would you suggest me to stay with my original lighting?
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Old 06-25-2014, 08:05 PM   #4
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Going 2 planted plus, you will beak even in 2 years.. ($160) but arguably better color.
A buildmyled single will cost almost 2x that ($219 or 239) andd eventually, if you so choose you can add the dimmer/timer.. which is not available w/ Finnex anything..

rayII plus planted plus would run $168 Amazon..

The "new kid on the block" Marineland would go for $200 but all bells and whistles are attached...well timer.. no dimmer
http://www.marineland.com/Products/a...ic-plants.aspx

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