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Looking to upgrade some of my basic tanks to planted.. I know, the 8 I already have is not enough, the bug is biting again.. For these I want some what basic low cost for basic plants like crypts, swords, and the like.. But I don't want the standard CFL cheepos that come with them or the 14 Watt incandescent or fluorescent... So what's one of the brands out right now that have led that work for decent plant growth on smaller scale that isn't going to break the bank buying for a few tanks? Most of my other planted ranks are still old school with t5ho.. But I don't really want to go that route anymore. I have some of the Marineland dual cheepos led with day and night, but pretty sure those are pointless for actual plant growth, not just storing anubais. Any input is much appreciated.

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Can't go wrong with Finnex...for price and performance.
One fer finnex. Haha thanks.

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Does finnex make nano fixtures?

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the fugeray-R is. It is a clip on and about 10 inches long.
Thanks a bunch, I'll look into it.

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So I bought 2 finnex from a member on here.. A 20 inch fugeray and a 16 in ray 2. Gonna test these on my two smaller tanks to see how they work. Hopefully the legs are adjustable or else I'll have to hang them, which is a pain. But either way I will be able to try some new grow techniques.

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the legs are not adjustable. you should be ok with the fugeray but the ray 2 is super bright. if you don't have co2 on the tank with the ray 2 you will probly have algae issues. if you do some searching on here you will find some acrylic legs someone made for them. I bought a pair of the 4 inch ones and really like them. if I find who I got them from I will let you know
 

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the legs are not adjustable. you should be ok with the fugeray but the ray 2 is super bright. if you don't have co2 on the tank with the ray 2 you will probly have algae issues. if you do some searching on here you will find some acrylic legs someone made for them. I bought a pair of the 4 inch ones and really like them. if I find who I got them from I will let you know
The ray 2 I was going to try to use on a nano reef setup. With an actinic substitute on the side. If that's too much lighting I'm sure I can find another use for it on a different tank. I'll search around for the legs once I get the lights in to see what's needed. Thanks a bunch.

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The main off the shelf brands are Finnex and Current. Then you can have Build My Led build your led (image that). If you have an ADA tank, they have the Aquasky, AFA in SF (ADA's distributor) has a brand call Archea which has some LED choices for Nano's.

There are some off brand fixtures people have had success with. I have a Beamswork fixture that works fine. Many more on [Ebay Link Removed]

Lastly, Aqueon and Marineland make some low light LED's that I wouldn't spend the money on.

I am sure I didn't cover half of what's out there but that should give you a good starting point.
 
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