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Satellite+ Pro Length Question

I have an Aqueon 36g bowfront that is my first tank. I've learned a lot and the water levels have been stable for months.

I've now been bit by the planted tank bug and I'm working on upgrading to prepare to plant.

All that said, I have been going back and forth between the http://www.amazon.com/Satellite-Plus-PRO-Freshwater-Controller/dp/B00QVHJQD8/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1426519180&sr=8-3&keywords=satellite+plus+pro and the upcoming http://www.amazon.com/Finnex-Planted-Automated-Aquarium-Controller/dp/B00U0HMWHW/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1426519315&sr=8-1&keywords=Finnex+Planted%2B+24%2F7+Fully+Automated+Aquarium+LED. I like the programmability of the S+P better, but the Finnex offers a 30"L model.

My tank is 30" wide. Would the 22" version of the S+P light my tank adequately? Or, should I look toward something else? I don't mind paying a bit more for the S+P if it will have adequate coverage, but just thought I'd ask here first.

Thanks in advance for your assistance.


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The first number is the actual length of the fixture so a 24" to 36" fixture is 24" long and the legs extend out to 36". The 24 - 36 fixture would leave your tank 3" on each side of the fixture that aren't covered.


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Thanks for the quick response. Now for a noob question...

Will that be a problem when I start installing plants?


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It'll be bright in the middle and then from 3" to either side of the fixture will get dimmer as you move towards the ends of the tank. If you have low light plants in these areas no, but if you want more light demanding plants there then yes. If you blast the tank with everything the fixture can put out to try and compensate then you'll have major algae issues directly under the light, even with CO2 and EI ferts.

Bump: The Plus pro is a high output fixture.


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