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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 06-03-2019, 02:59 PM Thread Starter
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Finnex being disconnected

I have a Finnex Ray 2 on one of my planted tanks and like it quite a bit. I was entertaining the thought of getting another one for a 20 gallon I'm shortly setting up. Finnex has decided to quit manufacturing it so I thought I would seek suggestions from other planted tank fans. Im planing on a carpeted, and quite colorful use of plants.
Thanks in advance for your suggestions/opinions,etc....

Bump: Finnex is being DISCONTINUED......not disconnected.
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post #2 of 18 (permalink) Old 06-04-2019, 04:03 AM
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Not Finnex, but the Fluval 3.0 is a very capable light.


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Not surprising that the RayII is being discontinued..

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Not surprising that the RayII is being discontinued..



As someone who is still in the lighting learning curve, Id appreciate you expanding on your comment.

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Not Finnex, but the Fluval 3.0 is a very capable light.


Greetings, one reason I do like the Finnex is because it has no foo-foo. Turn it on and turn it off. It has plenty of light for my needs. I do understand folks who want a lot of doo-dads with their light source but I'm looking for simplicity. The Fluval3.0 is indeed a fine light.



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As someone who is still in the lighting learning curve, Id appreciate you expanding on your comment.

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You can absolutely have the Fluval 3.0 on and off. And it makes things a bit easier because it has a built-in timer. It's as simple as telling it when you want it to come on and when you want it to turn off, sunrise and sunset are totally optional.
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One trick pony and the high k (8000) white only specturm is dated.
Even in it's day many added a Monster Ray to add "color"...

Had good PAR levels though.

https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/1...upplement.html
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Just something to keep in mind: Those lights are still going to be available on the market under different brands/stickers. Finnex was merely rebranding imported OEM goods from China - which are now markedly more expensive. Aquatop is one of the rebranders and there are several others on Amazon and various aquatic retail sites.
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Regarding the Fluval 3.0 light. I don't have any bluetooth capabilities. Can I still use this light ? I see that it does not come with any remote control unit.

Thanks for your help.
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Regarding the Fluval 3.0 light. I don't have any bluetooth capabilities. Can I still use this light ? I see that it does not come with any remote control unit.



Thanks for your help.


If nobody has an answer for you, Iíd be happy to test it out for you with mine.


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Regarding the Fluval 3.0 light. I don't have any bluetooth capabilities. Can I still use this light ? I see that it does not come with any remote control unit.

Thanks for your help.

It has a button on the top with 3 different modes. On, Off and Blue only. But you will benefit the most out of it by using a smart phone or a tablet.


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It has a button on the top with 3 different modes. On, Off and Blue only. But you will benefit the most out of it by using a smart phone or a tablet.


https://www.fluvalaquatics.com/us/plant-spectrum/

Prior to getting a blue tooth item, I will need to use the ON/OFF feature. Will I be able to do any dimming or is the light factory set at a particular setting ?


Thanks all for your help, this old guy appreciates it .
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Prior to getting a blue tooth item, I will need to use the ON/OFF feature. Will I be able to do any dimming or is the light factory set at a particular setting ?


Thanks all for your help, this old guy appreciates it .

Not sure about any dimming features without Bluetooth. I believe it's just on/off at all channels on full.
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Not sure about any dimming features without Bluetooth. I believe it's just on/off at all channels on full.

The good news for me is that Aquarium Co-Op replied that even without a Blue Tooth device , I will be able to adjust the brightness of the light by just holding down the power button. Its default setting is 100 % bright. Without a Blue Tooth device I wont be able to program it to perform some of the other features it has.



I think this is going to be the light for my new tank. Much obliged for all those who have answered my queries.
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The good news for me is that Aquarium Co-Op replied that even without a Blue Tooth device , I will be able to adjust the brightness of the light by just holding down the power button. Its default setting is 100 % bright. Without a Blue Tooth device I wont be able to program it to perform some of the other features it has.



I think this is going to be the light for my new tank. Much obliged for all those who have answered my queries.
Just incase, I want to warn you that the the 24-48" versions have a button but the nano version has no button and can only be controlled by bluetooth.
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Just incase, I want to warn you that the the 24-48" versions have a button but the nano version has no button and can only be controlled by bluetooth.

Thanks for the heads up ... I just placed an order with Aquarium Co-Op for a 24" model and wish to thank all who helped me decide on which light to get for the 20 Im putting together.. Later on I may decide on getting another one to replace the Finnex Ray 2.
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