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What light should I get?

I'm looking for a full spectrum LED light that will be capable of providing high light in an aquarium that's 36" x 18" x 18", although, I want to be able to dim the light for the option of not growing high light plants, and I want it to have some sort of ramp up/down timer so the brightness gradually increases/decreases throughout the day. What should I get?
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I use a brand called Chihiros and this comes with a light controller that can pretty much take care of everything that you want. Check if there is a dealer of this brand at your location or online.

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The current USA lights are very good. I don't have one myself but they are very popular. They have a remote and are dimmable. I think people actually grow some corals on them, so high output for sure.

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This is my opinion:

Fluval Planted 3.0. Pro mode on the bluetooth app has ten set points for your photo periods. You can tune every availible color level for each set point. I run three photo periods with two siestas, and a bit of nighttime blue, before a dark night. I don't think I even go past 50% on any color, since I run dirt-tech.

You can make this light do whatever you want. I would even say that this light and the app helped me beat BBA, and make my plants out-compete the algae.

I'm sure there are other great lights, but this is a gear choice I don't feel like I have to keep window shopping on.

I feel the same way about Top Fin MF10 powerhead sponge filters.

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I’d go with 2 Fluval 3.0 if I was doing that size tank. Good front/back coverage, can be run in tandem or each on its own program:time:ramp. Each lights color and intensity can be set as needed.
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The tank size you’re looking at is basically a 40 breeder, in most cases, two lights are necessary for front to back spread. I agree with Dave in that two Fluval 3.0’s check every box you’re asking for.

SB Reef makes some extremely powerful lights as well, you’d probably only need one, but they are a little more expensive.


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I would do the Fluval 3.0 or the Current Plus Pro. I went back and forth between the two and settled on the Current. I run the RGB near 100% and the white about 30% and it is more than adequate for lower light plants. The nice thing with the Current is if your power goes out while you are away it remembers the settings when it goes back on. You are locked into two 15 min ramps while the Fluval has better flexibility for ramping. The Fluval just has pink and blue diodes and mixes them to simulate other colors while the Current has true RGB. The Fluval has a few different white lights temps. which is nice. The Current has a few mode settings that you probably don't need and two programmable settings that operate outside of the timer settings. You have to push "resume" to get back to the timer setting. I guess the big difference is if you want to use and app or not to control the light. Some people posted that the Current does not ramp down to go completely off. That is incorrect. You simply zero out the intensity settings for "night time" and it ramps down to full darkness. Hope this helps.
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Are you sure about the Fluval 3.0 diodes?

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Are you sure about the Fluval 3.0 diodes?
They don't have a green channel...

https://www.fluvalaquatics.com/ca/wp...lors-CA-EN.png
not sure what the "pink" channel is but most would be either RGB w/ green turned way down (all 3 colors on one diode) or just r/b..

May be a pink diode though.. ??? As you can see "pinks" not "native"..

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I think I slightly misread the post that I replied to previously, but I think we can still add some detail to this thread for folks doing light shopping.

I will try to find one my photos with reflections of the LEDs if that would help. I don't see any green LEDs. I see three different shades of white to yellow, some blue, and some pink, which seems to line up with the app controls. I think on the Nanos, it is a 9 x 7 grid. I feel like Picard after staring into the lights and counting.

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I think I slightly misread the post that I replied to previously, but I think we can still add some detail to this thread for folks doing light shopping.

I will try to find one my photos with reflections of the LEDs if that would help. I don't see any green LEDs. I see three different shades of white to yellow, some blue, and some pink, which seems to line up with the app controls. I think on the Nanos, it is a 9 x 7 grid. I feel like Picard after staring into the lights and counting.






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Nighttime just kicked in, so I can confirm six blue LEDs on the Fluval Nanos.
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