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Hey guys I’m going to be removing my prime hd marine from my tank and getting a fluval 3.0. Now my question is which one should I got with. The tank is about 20 inches wide. So should I get the nano or the 32watt? With the nano I’m scared the bracket clamp is way to small to fit around the biocubes trim in the back. And the 32 watt I don’t want spill over on the sides due to the light being 24 inches. I’d lay it on the trim but just don’t want 2 inches of lights hanging off each side of the tank. So what do you guys thing?
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Your tank is probably too narrow to fit a 24" Fluval Plant light unless you hang it or let it overlap the sides of your tank.

Please share a link for your tank details.

Can you fit a Plant 3.0 Nano on each side?

If your tank is rimmed, you can use a piece of glass or Lexan, and four felt pads per Nano. This is what I do for my 16 gallon bow front.

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Thanks a lot for you tips here is the dimensions you wanted. Now will one light enough for the biocube? I’m on with buying one or the other but now we are looking at almost 200. Could I see a picture Of your ?
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I have links to all my tanks, photos, and videos in my signature.

You could probably use just one Nano on that tank. You could even mount it on the edge of your sump divider.

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Hey guys I’m going to be removing my prime hd marine from my tank and getting a fluval 3.0. Now my question is which one should I got with. The tank is about 20 inches wide. So should I get the nano or the 32watt? With the nano I’m scared the bracket clamp is way to small to fit around the biocubes trim in the back. And the 32 watt I don’t want spill over on the sides due to the light being 24 inches. I’d lay it on the trim but just don’t want 2 inches of lights hanging off each side of the tank. So what do you guys thing?

Out of curiosity.. why remove the AI?
I know sw version but you have channels and power to spare..
There have been prev discussions of using this light for fw and I don't have a good picture of why it can't be used though much would be based on look..
Using just the photo red/green/ and cool white channel should be fairly good look for planted tank

Adding a smidge of reg blue to "taste"..


Your output should be roughly equal to a Nano..7/16 @50W =20W ish..
Rough Theoretical.. corrected to 3W diodes and blue adj to hit 94CRI..red substituted for photo red.
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Luminous flux : 2,254 lm
Radiant flux : 7,907 mW
PPF : 35.2 umol/s
TCP : 6990 K
CRI : 94
λp : 447 nm
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Illuminance : 2,658 lx
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I don't have a 3.0 here at work but do have a 2.0 running, which has a very similar profile. It measures 23.5" before the legs start. I also have a 29 gallon biocube here, which measures 20" across and 18" inside the lighting compartment of the molded hood. I don't see any way you could use a 24" unit and keep your top. Mine is a power compact model Biocube though so there could be differences.

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I don't have a 3.0 here at work but do have a 2.0 running, which has a very similar profile. It measures 23.5" before the legs start. I also have a 29 gallon biocube here, which measures 20" across and 18" inside the lighting compartment of the molded hood. I don't see any way you could use a 24" unit and keep your top. Mine is a power compact model Biocube though so there could be differences.
Mine is the same exactly but I took my top off years ago when it was a saltwater tank




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Light to substrate is about 36"..
ALL diodes on at 24" light to substrate 59w on full:




That's what your shooting for.. I see you must have fairly high tannin content in the tank

Point is the light seems to be able to work fine for fw..

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