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Nicrew LED light in my cart...

I have the Nicrew Classic LED light in my Amazon cart, almost ready to checkout.

I have a 10gal with low light plants, no canopy (I'm having a glass lid made), that right now has two random lamps with 6500K cfl lights rigged up.

I see lots of good reviews, and the price is right, I just want to double check this light will meet my needs, while not causing any extra issues (ie, light is too strong and causes algae).

I also have the dimmer/timer ($18) in my cart. Is that worth it, or is a regular timer from any local store good? Right now I don't have any timer, just a reminder on my phone to turn the lights on and off. Usually about 6hrs (4pm - 10pm).

I rarely shop online, so I'm a bit nervous to commit in case it's not great and I want to return it.

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I own a Nicrew LED and have mixed feelings. It's very bright -I use it on a 30" deep tank. They aren't particularly well-made in my opinion from owning one unit. Soldering inside the unit was sloppy, the fixture itself doesn't feel substantial or well-insulated, and metal "legs" that it suspends over the tank with are absolute bare minimum to keep it in place. That should not be an issue if placing it on a glass top. I have a Finnex also from Amazon that scores better in all of these complaints, though is still very much an economy LED. If I were buying another would lean towards that brand if on a budget. Having said that, I've had the Nicrew for almost 2 years now and it's grown plants. If you're more familiar with typical hobby lights seen in your LFS the difference between Nicrew and something like a Marineland Planted LED is pretty stark though.

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I got NICREW ClassicLED Plus light together with NICREW Single Channel LED Light Timer for my 2.5 gallon tank about 3 weeks ago:
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1


They work as expected, I have absolutely no complaints about quality. Plenty of light for my small tank, I currently have it dimmed to 30% intensity and this seems to produce more light than 13 watt CFL that was on this tank before.


Just two things I didn't particularly like:
  • light spectrum - it is on a "cold" side of the things, I prefer lights that are ~5000K, I have a few Beamswork lights that are supposed to be 6500K, they look significantly warmer than NICREW;
  • timer allow just a single period of lighting - I prefer to run split photo period and this is impossible with this timer.
Ramp up/ramp down feature of the timer works great, I'd like to get somewhere similar timer that allow more than one cycle per day!
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Get the dimmer, be way too much light w/o it


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Timer/dimmer is always worth it..

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corey of aquarium co-op posted a review on youtube. par was 28 - 34 @ ~18". looks like the 24" model he tested. mentioned same build quality issues as blue ridge reef. i have the same timer/dimmer and use it on my beamswork. the sunrise/sunset feature is nice, but kind of "choppy" and if you set the lights to less than 100%, the sunrise/set time decreases from 15 min to about 11 (confirmed by nicrew).
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The nicrew classic plus is supposed to be for planted tanks plus its brighter than than the classic.
18watts version.
I have the classic plus on a 15 tall.

15 tall
with pressurized c02 jebo 828 , 9w turbotwist uv. up-aqua co2 atomizer16/22
& small yoyo and striata loaches and praecox rainbows.
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corey of aquarium co-op posted a review on youtube. par was 28 - 34 @ ~18". looks like the 24" model he tested. mentioned same build quality issues as blue ridge reef. i have the same timer/dimmer and use it on my beamswork. the sunrise/sunset feature is nice, but kind of "choppy" and if you set the lights to less than 100%, the sunrise/set time decreases from 15 min to about 11 (confirmed by nicrew).
If I recall the one corey reviewed wasn't the Plus. Still gives a good idea about the brand.
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If I recall the one corey reviewed wasn't the Plus. Still gives a good idea about the brand.
yes, he reviewed the classic. and the op has a classic.
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These are ones i bought for my 7gal

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Actually itís mingdak brand timer is what I was shipped.

Basically $27 for light and $15 for ramp timer. You know itís really perfectly fine for what I paid for it. It does little low tech tank fine. Iíve got multistage ramp timer set up for [email protected]%>[email protected]%>[email protected]% for good morn/midday/afternoon simulation. Only down side is ramp timer doesnít have battery backup for clock setting but it does write your lighting sequence to non-volatile memory so you wonít lose that. Takes about 7sec to reset clock though. Is a workaround you can set up if youíve got a old AC timer with battery backup for time.

At those prices their almost bic lighter disposable as far as Iím concerned. 1 month in on them. Ramp timer as stated above is a little jumpy at 20% or less intensities, above 30% you barely notice it.

Hereís light at 70%, grows rotala and red root floaters like crazy.

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