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Complementary Lights to Finnex Ray 2?

I have a few Finnex Ray 2 lights on a couple of my tanks. The plants love them and grow great, but everything in the tank is very washed out (which I've read is a common complaint of these lights since they are very cold-tone white). I'd like for both my red plants and my fish to "pop" more. The fish are mostly yellow/orange/red. I'm assuming I need to add some reds to my light setup, but I can't seem to find the right products. Does anyone know of any lights for sale that would fix my color problem? Whether they are high par plant lights to replace my current ones or just regular "viewing" lights to add as an addition to the existing ones, it doesn't matter to me.

I don't really have any tools, skills, or time for DIY, btw.

Edit: I feel like I should mention that I bought a red light and it wasn't bright enough to make a difference in the tank so I am specifically looking for a light that can shine through (pun intended lol) the other light and affect the overall color.

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Old school was to pair it w/ a Finnex Monster Ray..

any RGB LED would work.. most common "fix"

Beamswork "pink" works too..AFAICT.

Basically red/blue/dim green.

Just avoid low power 5050chips/strips . They can work in quantity though but harder to find that way..

can't guarantee perfection in the above..hard to tell how much "you" need ..
some examples..

As to replacing the entire thing:
would need $'s you are willing to spend and tank size..

Ray II is pretty potent...

monster ray is a bit overpriced but it won't add "too much" PAR..

Cost considered.. Beamswork should work..

There are cheaper semi-diy type things like 5630 SMD red light bars..

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Sorry about the late reply, but I'll check those out.

As far as a total replacement, the tank where it bothers me most is 24" long and 14" deep. Budget maybe $200ish to replace one light. Currently I have a two finnex 2, 24" lights on it.
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I have added the Fluval 3.0 to a Finnex Ray 2 and Im liking it a lot so far. Yes, it is more light but it adds the necessary color. I have the Finnex on the back and the Fluval on the front. The tank is 21 tall and 18 front to back.
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