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I had the Fluval 3.0 for a while, but I got rid of it because it also doesn’t have good color rendition. Pretty much zero red, all blue. It’s also overpriced given the poor color rendition.

The Finnex has better color rendition. I’d highly recommend a chihiros wrbg 2 though. I love mine.
That's weird. Most think the fluval is warm.
Maybe you have the reef version?

Finnex generally do have good color rendition.

Chihiros had good color pop but it's not err "accurate" if that matters.

Hi Everyone,

With Black Friday quickly approaching I am thinking about upgrading the lighting on my tank. Currently, I have an old 36" Finnex RayII DS suspended over the tank. The light works fine but tends really wash out all colors except green. Since it's old and longer than the tank, I also don't really have a good idea of how much par I have.

The main things I am looking for in a new light are good color rendition/aesthetics and a wide light spread. I will most likely hang whichever light I get so dimming isn't as important, but would be a nice feature. As far as budget goes, I don't want to break the bank since I am also looking at getting some other aquarium upgrades. I would like to stay sub $200 with less being a plus.

In my research the main lights to consider seem to be the Fluval 3.0 and the Finnex ALC. The Finnex is cheaper and should fit right into my only slightly sketchy hanging system since I believe it uses the same heatsink/hood as the RayII. The Fluval has more PAR, sounds like it's way easier to program, and is more expensive. However, petco seems to be having a deal where I could get it for around $130 making the price difference not a large.

Which one would y'all recommend for my situation and are there any others I should consider?
The non- programmable ( out of the box) planted plus had a shell like the ray2
 
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I would love to go with the finnex ALC. It's the cheapest and I've had good luck with their fixtures in the past. I just worry about how to deal with the three hour time blocks. Six hours seems to short and nine seems a bit long. Do the 24/7 fixtures keep their settings after losing power? If so I could pick a color and intensity I like and just use an external timer like I do now.

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You don' t need to use the 24/7 option.
 
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