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You know, I really want to put the tuna sun A80 on my freshwater 9 gallon aquastyle tank... I love the look of the lighting arm though only problem is, the one led isn't strong enough and two is off center so the light is stronger on one corner only
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You know, I really want to put the tuna sun A80 on my freshwater 9 gallon aquastyle tank... I love the look of the lighting arm though only problem is, the one led isn't strong enough and two is off center so the light is stronger on one corner only
I`m not familiar with your tank dimensions, but my A80 Tuna Sun is over a Cad Light 15 gallon with approx 20X13 foot print and substrate to light of approx 17-18 inches, i`m currently growing Bylxa Japonica , Eleocharis acicularis 'mini' & Marsilea Crenata carpet at less that full power , granted these are all considered medium light plants.
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Would two kessil a160 tuna sun be enough for a 48" long tank, by 24" wide and 18" deep/height ? I dont intend in having plants at the front of the tank nor to many on one side. It just seems the 360s are overkill for planted aquariums compared to their reef version brothers.
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I'm running 2 of the 360WE's on my 120g that's 24" deep and previously had them on a 90g that was 18" deep with 3" of substrate.

I didn't find them to be overkill and still ran them at 70% power without an algae outbreak.

Although I don't have any experience with the 160's I imagine they would be fine depending on how demanding the plants your wanting to grow will be. Always felt it was easier to reduce the power to get it in the right area then try to get more out of the light if you upgrade down the road. Given the price of these units though definitely understand wanting to avoid excess light if there won't ever be a need for it.

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I'm running 2 of the 360WE's on my 120g that's 24" deep and previously had them on a 90g that was 18" deep with 3" of substrate.

I didn't find them to be overkill and still ran them at 70% power without an algae outbreak.

Although I don't have any experience with the 160's I imagine they would be fine depending on how demanding the plants your wanting to grow will be. Always felt it was easier to reduce the power to get it in the right area then try to get more out of the light if you upgrade down the road. Given the price of these units though definitely understand wanting to avoid excess light if there won't ever be a need for it.

Thanks, yes thats exactly my concern spending almost £1000 on lighting that I may not need, my logic is that the 160 is roughly 50% power of the 360s and is advertised with the same time coverage. Its only the pentration that the 360s seem to exceed them at.
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I'm pretty sure they use the same lenses so the coverage is still the same.

I had them about 4" above the water when they were on the 90g because the gooseneck was a bit small. On the 120g I bought the 90degree adaptor for them and now they sit about 8" above the water and I've since reduced them from 100% down to 70% power. I use the kessil controller with them so it ramps up and ramps down. Biggest let down with these lights is they aren't dimmable between 0 and 10% or 20% so you can't do a true sunrise/sunset. They're off and then they're on

Even with them higher and lower power I still have a good carpet of dwarf hair grass growing, nothing else is really demanding high light so it's going fine. I'm really happy with the lights, I know I can grow anything and won't have a need to ever upgrade them for a freshwater set-up.

I debated back and fourth on getting the 160's as well but am really happy with the larger light. If you're already debating it then you might as well just bite the bullet and make the investment.

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https://www.amazon.com/Kessil-A360X-...17863860&psc=1

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For those of you looking for a cheaper option this Aussie company makes a pendant system that is comparable to an A160WE
https://makemyled.com/1-x-flora-sun-...-florasun-401/


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For those of you looking for a cheaper option this Aussie company makes a pendant system that is comparable to an A160WE
https://makemyled.com/1-x-flora-sun-...-florasun-401/

Better off w/ 2 AI Prime freshwater (for 160) over either of those though (PERSONAL opinion)..

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Where do you find those for 160? I kinda wish there was a little wiggle room with colors on the cetus 2 instead of the max cri basically being everything @ 100% but I suppose both setups have their advantages.
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Where do you find those for 160? I kinda wish there was a little wiggle room with colors on the cetus 2 instead of the max cri basically being everything @ 100% but I suppose both setups have their advantages.

sorry meant compared to the Kessil 160 (50W-ish) vs 360.


AI primes are around $200 each plus mount but inc. software..
Pretty well price locked by AI.
Actually the $200 was pre- 10% price increase..


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