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Fluval 3.0 vs AI Prime HD freshwater

So I've been curious if anyone out there has compared these two lights yet. I've been wanting better lights for my 75 and I am getting mixed responses from many people. I don't want to spend $400 to get two Primes but my lfs doesn't carry anything Hagen made. Would a single 3.0 be enough for high light in a 75 anyway or would I need two? Any input is appreciated.
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Hi shrimpaholich,

Let's keep it simple:

Fluval 3.0 / aka Plant Spectrum - Bluetooth, 59W, IP67 waterproof rating - 3 year warranty by Fluval/Hagen
AI Prime HD - 55 watts, not sealed - 30 day warranty by C2 Development

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Do you use this light? Looks very appealing and strong, running it at partial power would probably be more than enough for most any plants eh?
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Wow! Thanks for the quick responses! It seems the AI Primes would be the wrong choice after 30 days. The SB lights look interesting and like they could be worth it. I haven't ever heard of them before though. The 3 year warranty is worth it alone for the fluvals. So I guess it's between the SB and fluval. I'll sleep on it and see what would work best for what I'm doing. Thanks again.
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Do you use this light? Looks very appealing and strong, running it at partial power would probably be more than enough for most any plants eh?
Alas no, however I wouldn't hesitate to go with them for a 75 gallon. They are a bit too powerful for the tanks I currently have.
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Hi shrimpaholich,

Let's keep it simple:

Fluval 3.0 / aka Plant Spectrum - Bluetooth, 59W, IP67 waterproof rating - 3 year warranty by Fluval/Hagen
AI Prime HD - 55 watts, not sealed - 30 day warranty by C2 Development
The warranty for the AI Prime is 30 days unless you register it within 30 days, in which case it is a 1 year warranty. Some states do not allow the registration requirement so the warranty is 1 yr regardless.
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