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Fluval 3.0

What would this light be classed as, low med high light? Rates are 168 LEDs, 32 W, 2350 lm, 6500 K
I have a 140liter
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What are the dimensions of your 140 liter?

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H55 x W92 x D41 cm[censored]

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Looking to upgrade my set up from low to hight tech with better lights and pressurized co2

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Hi @Cookie30196992,

Sorry, American so I had to convert to inches. The tank is about 21 inches tall, with substrate probably 19" from the rim of the tank to the substrate. With the Fluval 3.0
at full output is would 'guesstimate' your PAR levels at:

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At back glass (blk background) [email protected]
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At side glass [email protected]

I would put that in the medium - high light category. With those PAR levels, and CO2, you should be able to grow most species.
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Sorry, American so I had to convert to inches. The tank is about 21 inches tall, with substrate probably 19" from the rim of the tank to the substrate. With the Fluval 3.0
at full output is would 'guesstimate' your PAR levels at:



Directly under light [email protected]

At back glass (blk background) [email protected]

At front glass [email protected]

At side glass [email protected]



I would put that in the medium - high light category. With those PAR levels, and CO2, you should be able to grow most species.


I would also add, this particular led has customizable RGB and spectrum. So your ability to grow plants will most likely be easier with this model than itís stronger earlier model.
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Thanks for getting back to me

Can I just ask where you got the par readings from ?

Also I measured from the substrate to the water line and it 16inches and then about 1.5inchs to the light

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Hi @Cookie30196992,

I took the readings using a Apogee 510 PAR Meter, calibrated within the last 12 months. I used my Fluval 2.0 fixture on a 75 gallon (21.25" high) in a tank filled with water and covered with an Aqueon glass cover (which reduces PAR by about 10%). The Fluval 3.0 is an excellent product, much more versatile, with more red LEDs which I would prefer. The red LED's have a 'shorter wavelength' than white or blue LEDs so the Fluval 3.0 PAR readings are likely equivalent to my 2.0 with the glass cover.

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Alright didn't realise you have the lighting I thought you took it from a website thanks you again

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I have a Fluval 3.0 on my 40 breeder and own a Seneye PAR meter. Just to add onto the info @Seattle_Aquarist has given you, from substrate to light - approximately 14.5 inches, directly under the light, I was getting a reading of 114 PAR at full intensity. The extra 4.5-5 inches in height you're dealing with, I'd wager, would give you the 75ish PAR that Seattle is saying.
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H55 x W92 x D41 cm[censored]
BTW, those dimensions are much closer to 200 liters


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Thank you and the dia are of the outside the tank, I measured the liters of water by filling the tank with 10liter buckets 14 times

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Thank you and the dia are of the outside the tank, I measured the liters of water by filling the tank with 10liter buckets 14 times

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Most companies sell them by the external dimensions unfortunately. Have you already scaped the tank? Even with 2cm thick glass all around it should still be more than 160 before scaping. Either way, I have a Fluval 3.0 on the 65 gallon I just set up (it has similar dimensions to yours, but is a little deeper). No results to report yet but the eye test would put it about medium light towards the front and back, high in the middle.
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Yeah I have scaped it with quite a few big pieces of dragon stone, I have the light coming tomorrow cant wait to set it up

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Right boys and girl

My light has come and set up love the light

The only thing is I had to get the 32w one for the size off my tank and it fits but the actual lighting unit is too small all four corners and dim.

I did size the next size up and it wouldn't fit

I have kept my original light on aswell Its a 14w fluval that came with the tank dont know any other details about it because there isn't any, it's on a timer for when the 32w has fully ramp up and set to shut off when it's starting to ramp down

Would this setup work or not ?

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