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I have an AI Prime saltwater version light I would like to try and use for my new planted freshwater tank I am setting up. It is a 20 gallon. Does anyone know if this is possible or am I better off selling it and purchasing a plant specific LED? I can control the spectrum to 7000k.
 

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I have an AI Prime saltwater version light I would like to try and use for my new planted freshwater tank I am setting up. It is a 20 gallon. Does anyone know if this is possible or am I better off selling it and purchasing a plant specific LED? I can control the spectrum to 7000k.
Depends...
It's more about look and decreased PAR by under-utilizing the diodes.
The full on reef color is fine for plants not so fine for looks.

The AI Prime® 16HD utilizes the latest LED technology from leading manufacturers, arranged to provide the best performance.

  • 4 – Cool White
  • 4 – Blue
  • 4 – Royal Blue
  • 1 – Photo Red
  • 1 – Green
  • 1 – Violet
  • 1 – UV
  • 1 – Moonlight

@ like 50% should be fine for a 20..
 

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The problem is not enough red diodes. I asked the same question when I switched from a reef tank. I had a Kessil pendant; the mfg recommended their planted version.

You could buy a two bulb t5ho fixture and two bulbs with the right spectrum for under $100 and be set.

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Guess it's time to sell it... I'm new to the whole planted freshwater tank and don't want to have any disadvantages. What do you think the best LED light for a 24" tank is for around $150-180?
 

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Guess it's time to sell it... I'm new to the whole planted freshwater tank and don't want to have any disadvantages. What do you think the best LED light for a 24" tank is for around $150-180?
Well not going to argue w/ your decision but 1) Kessils are not Primes. Old kessils had zero dedicated reds. Saltwater could never look 7000k- ish.(guess)
2) Your disadvantage is more in looks at high output over anything plant related.
3) One square light over a rectangular tank isn't ideal.

"Best light" depends on your wants/needs
Anything from a 2 tube t5ho to simple LED strip lights will work.

Most all around functional one.. arguable but ...
https://www.amazon.com/Plant-Spectr...t=&hvlocphy=1028224&hvtargid=pla-566110293336
 
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