Not very pleased with my Finnex purchase
I finally got the stand for my daughter's 29 gallon delivered last night, so I put everything together. I had gotten her a Finnex Planted Plus 24/7 for it since she was going to have some plants in it (bacopa, wisteria, and moneywort.) I got it out of the box and took a look at everything.
Let me stop for a second and preface this by saying that my 60 gallon tank has a Current Satellite Plus Pro, so this is my baseline for the review
First of all, the mounts. Very cheap plastic. I had to pop off the plastic part that makes it work with a rimless tank - having to "break" plastic is a terrible customer experience and a really bad (and cheap) design. I got that done and put the mounts in - as I did that I noticed how flimsy the light fixture felt compared to my Current USA - granted, it's a smaller light and lighter may feel better, but I just wasn't fond of it. That's subjective, so I'll let that one go. Next was the power cord - the length from the transformer to the outlet was ok, but the length of the cord from the fixture to the transformer was very short. In fact, it was too short to reach from the top of a 29 gallon tank sitting on a 28" high stand. Again - evidence of a terrible design. I get it plugged in and my daughter is so excited - turn it on and notice how bright it is...boy, that's noticeable above her glass top. Ran a quick demo of the 24/7 mode and was impressed. I do like it. I had to take it down while we finished aquascaping, so I unplugged it and sat it on her bed. When we were done I put it back up, plugged everything in, went to turn it on - nothing. I played with wires and the remote battery and position for maybe an hour and I haven't gotten the thing to turn on yet. I placed a return with Amazon this morning.
Needless to say, I'm disappointed. Not only did I expect better build quality from something that gets such high reviews, but I'm disappointed that it doesn't work. DOA is acceptable to me - it happens...transit can bang things around. But working and then not working the next time you attempt to turn it on? Not cool.
Extra disappointed because I have a LOT of dwarf baby tears that will go in my 120 gallon that was supposed to get set up this upcoming weekend...but that's not going to happen since my custom stand is delayed. I need to float it in this 29 gallon for light, but that's not happening until Amazon sends me the replacement light. I have a lamp shining in the bucket until I can get it in the tank...I'm hoping it makes it.
I ordered 2 48" fixtures from Buildmyled for my 120, so I guess I'll be comparing all three of the "top" brands pretty soon.