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post #16 of 52 (permalink) Old 12-19-2016, 02:56 AM
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Kessil is a company I personally don't agree or trust with, now this was on the king of DIY and people say its true and it works an stuff, but if you go on amazon and get a floodlight (a little one that fits your aquarium size and needs) its just a bright and produces EVEN LESS shimmer, and works apparently with all plants, ill give a link here in just a bit.

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Neptune Aquatics in San Jose has an A80 Tuna Sun over an 18x18x18 planted tank and it looks bright enough to grow anything; I don't think this was at 100% either as I fiddled with the output knob and it went a bit brighter. See picture.
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I have one on the way as well. At $150 with a gooseneck if this thing can really grow anything at around 12" substrate depth its kind of a game changer for cheap high quality lighting on smaller tanks for those who don't like strip lights. As for the comment on led floodlights being a good alternative I think that's a bit ridiculous. I have a 10w flood over my 6gal low tech and while it does work well the quality of lighting you're going to get as far as color rendering and shimmer from the kessil is going to be much nicer. On top of all that its a much more attractive package and I don't have a ton of faith in the longevity of the flood lights. They serve their purpose for the cost but so does a Toyota carolla vs an Audi, both will get you to work but it's all about where you prefer to spend your money. Mine is going to be over a 15.8x12.6x12.6 tank so I will be sure to chime in on how it works out for me.
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I have one on the way as well. At $150 with a gooseneck if this thing can really grow anything at around 12" substrate depth its kind of a game changer for cheap high quality lighting on smaller tanks for those who don't like strip lights. As for the comment on led floodlights being a good alternative I think that's a bit ridiculous. I have a 10w flood over my 6gal low tech and while it does work well the quality of lighting you're going to get as far as color rendering and shimmer from the kessil is going to be much nicer. On top of all that its a much more attractive package and I don't have a ton of faith in the longevity of the flood lights. They serve their purpose for the cost but so does a Toyota carolla vs an Audi, both will get you to work but it's all about where you prefer to spend your money. Mine is going to be over a 15.8x12.6x12.6 tank so I will be sure to chime in on how it works out for me.
Congrats, looking forward to reading your experience with it.
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Congrats, looking forward to reading your experience with it.
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Should be arriving tomorrow !!!!!!!!!!!

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Should be arriving tomorrow !!!!!!!!!!!
nice put up some pics when you can. I'm still on the waiting list
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nice put up some pics when you can. I'm still on the waiting list
Light is here , gooseneck is not.I will Ghetto mount it until such time the gooseneck finds it`s way here




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Curious to see some picture with that product, the silence mode is always a big plus.
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Curious to see some picture with that product, the silence mode is always a big plus.
My tank is in it`s infancy stage and a work in progress, nevertheless i will take and post a picture when i get home.

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Really interested to see some actual pictures of these things in action. I am curious if it will be able to grow a carpet in a tank that is 18 inches deep.


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Hmm those numbers don't look promising. I had heard some people on reef central were bleaching corals with them after replacing their a160 units but it seems like may that have been exaggerated. Lighting a planted tank is frustrating since there are no good options in the LED market. I am thinking about snagging two gen 1 radion pros for a 120p size aquarium if I can find them at a decent price.


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I had heard some people on reef central were bleaching corals with them after replacing their a160 units but it seems like may that have been exaggerated.
Can't se how that is possible.. Even w/ some increased diode efficiency they are still 1/2 the power of a 160.
Can't fight physics..though you could focus the bejessus out of it.. but spread would suffer..

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Hmm those numbers don't look promising. I had heard some people on reef central were bleaching corals with them after replacing their a160 units but it seems like may that have been exaggerated. Lighting a planted tank is frustrating since there are no good options in the LED market. I am thinking about snagging two gen 1 radion pros for a 120p size aquarium if I can find them at a decent price.


There's plenty of good options in the LED market for planted tanks, options that are proven to work well.


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