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Budget LED fixture for 75 Gal. Planted Tank

Hi everyone,
I have 75 Gal. Tank that is 19" tall 19" deep and 48" long. I am setting it up as a low tech, with sand substrate and wood and rock hardscape. The plants I plan to use:

Dwarf Hairgrass
Valisneria Nana
Anubias Nana
Java Moss
Amazon Sword

I am looking for an LED fixture that will not be too fancy but will provide light for my plants to thrive and not cost a fortune.
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I have a Beamswork LED 1W 6500K HI Lumen Aquarium Light Freshwater Plant (DHL 48 6500K) 48 inch I used on my 75 . Not very expensive from Amazon , or TopDogSellers . I don't know if enough light for hairgrass , but it grew Swords,Anubias,Java Ferns , and some stem plants and others for me . Someone else may chime in with more knowledge .

My wife says if I get one more aquarium she is going to leave me . I sure am going to miss her fried chicken .
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Best of both worlds in a low track record light.. Would need 2
$200 total
It's "fancy" but relatively cheap..
https://www.amazon.com/Relassy-Contr...gateway&sr=8-1
Most would run blues way low...

2 Beamsworks would be $138.. and there is a "sanctioned "dimmer for them.. somewhere but extra of course..
https://www.amazon.com/Beamswork-FSP...s%2C188&sr=8-4

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I have the Nicrew controllers for all my Beamswork . About $12.00 a piece , but Amazon doesn't show them at the time . They can dim and have ramp up and down functions .

My wife says if I get one more aquarium she is going to leave me . I sure am going to miss her fried chicken .
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Thank you guys for your input!

jefkroll,
The first light says it's for Coral/Reef, will it work fine for plants?

I was looking at Beamswork for a while and I know they are not very powerful so I will need two of them.

In this case, can a Fluval 3.0 replace two Beamswork? I am talking about the 48" Fluval 3.0
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Thank you guys for your input!

jefkroll,
The first light says it's for Coral/Reef, will it work fine for plants?

I was looking at Beamswork for a while and I know they are not very powerful so I will need two of them.

In this case, can a Fluval 3.0 replace two Beamswork? I am talking about the 48" Fluval 3.0

Yea I know but it has enough range to cover fw needs.. esp. since many prefer the cool white look over a more neutral/warm tone.
BUT it would def be cool white..Plants wouldn't care you might..
It's sort of a crapshoot atm.. I'm trying to get a channel breakdown..
https://www.amazon.com/Bozily-Aquari...YS53S9JGZGY2JR
best to ignore it for the moment..


5 row Beamsworks are plenty powerful.. 2 are recommended just to get better front/back coverage..
One Fluval won't replace 2 Beamsworks..

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Found a vid.. "white" channel looks better than I was expecting..
see specifically 1:40...

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jefkroll,

I don't like that these lights have to be suspended 😞
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How about some DIY? If in the right spot, it can make for super cheap and super flexible and that is where I like to start on my lighting as it normally takes a bit of playing to find what works best for each tank.
I like to match the materials used for the fixture with some of the really cheap, easy stuff off the auction site. Depends on how much appearance matters on each tank but I find it easy to whip up a box to hold a few bulb holders and then screw some of the horizontal bulbs in until I find what works for the plants and what I want to look at for my pleasure. Plants really are not too fussy, so I do a search for this:

E27 G24 Horizontal Plug Light LED Corn Lamp
Cheap enough to buy several and swap them out until it looks right but I do start with "cool white". They work great for replacement bulbs in the old incandescent fixtures we find laying around. Just leave room for cooling to avoid melting the plastic!!!
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PlantedRich,

I like the idea of DIY and I enjoy doing things my self, but I have no experience at all with planted tanks. It is very likely that as a beginner I am going to have problems with my plants so I need to be sure that if have problems it's not because of the light. I need a light that is guaranteed to do the job, so that I can worry about other things. 🙂
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Yea I know but it has enough range to cover fw needs.. esp. since many prefer the cool white look over a more neutral/warm tone.
BUT it would def be cool white..Plants wouldn't care you might..
It's sort of a crapshoot atm.. I'm trying to get a channel breakdown..
https://www.amazon.com/Bozily-Aquari...YS53S9JGZGY2JR
best to ignore it for the moment..


5 row Beamsworks are plenty powerful.. 2 are recommended just to get better front/back coverage..
One Fluval won't replace 2 Beamsworks..

Used to have this fixture and replaced it because:
1. Way too much blue LED's. I did let the manufacturer know about it.
2. App doesn't hold the previous settings and sometimes it won't recognize the the light.
3. It's flimsy and made out of cheap plastic.
4. Really meant for saltwater setup more. It washes out the color of the plants and fish.
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Used to have this fixture and replaced it because:
1. Way too much blue LED's. I did let the manufacturer know about it.
2. App doesn't hold the previous settings and sometimes it won't recognize the the light.
3. It's flimsy and made out of cheap plastic.
4. Really meant for saltwater setup more. It washes out the color of the plants and fish.

yea the aesthetics are a bit questionable.. but one point is.. How well did it grow plants?

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yea the aesthetics are a bit questionable.. but one point is.. How well did it grow plants?
I came from SBreef and used the light in conversation when I did transition my setup from Dutch to low maintenance setup. Off course I got a much better growth from sbreef but the Relapsy light has way too many blues and yes I did toned down the blue channels a lot but it's not too bright and as I mentioned that it washes the colors of the fish and plants. As for growth, no I did not see the same result and for me to compare sbreef and relapsy is like apple to orange. For a low tech setup, should be fine but there are other lights that is so much better than it. Chihiros even make better spectrum (for planted tanks) than Relapsy..
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Any other options guys? 😕

How does NICREW stand against Beamswork? I see they have really good reviews.

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Any other options guys? 😕

How does NICREW stand against Beamswork? I see they have really good reviews.
I think we can suggest/advise better if we know how much you are willing to spend.. =)
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