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Hi all,
A little update. The Stingray is a bit too bright for the tank I have now. And it sits quite high so the light just shines across the room and into our eyes. Has anyone here used the Nicrew light? It seems to sit lower on the tank. I was just thinking of going to a home improvement store and getting a light strip or some 6000-7000K LED and rigging my own light with a dimmer.
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A little update. The Stingray is a bit too bright for the tank I have now. And it sits quite high so the light just shines across the room and into our eyes. Has anyone here used the Nicrew light? It seems to sit lower on the tank. I was just thinking of going to a home improvement store and getting a light strip or some 6000-7000K LED and rigging my own light with a dimmer.
I loved the Nicrew light that I have on my 20 gal long tank, so I got one for my 5 gal tank. The 5 gal one was a huge disappointment. First off the box it came in was labeled Sunsun, but the graphics on it matched the box that the Nicrew came in, a little researched showed me that the two companies are one and the same. My main problem was that the Sunsun light was dim, not bright at all. In order to grow my med light plants I've had to pair it with the Stingray light that I already have which is just as dim.
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If you decide to try the Nicrew I'd go with the planted one, it looks like the one I got for my 5 gallon has been discontinued, back when I ordered it it was offered under the full spectrum planted light option, BUT now they have it listed as a clip on nano white and blue 4.5 watt light. Basically that's not what I was thinking I was ordering.
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If you decide to try the Nicrew I'd go with the planted one, it looks like the one I got for my 5 gallon has been discontinued, back when I ordered it it was offered under the full spectrum planted light option, BUT now they have it listed as a clip on nano white and blue 4.5 watt light. Basically that's not what I was thinking I was ordering.
I'm gonna be out looking for lights today. Wondering if a standard bulb or strip 5000-6500K will work above the glass top?
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I'm gonna be out looking for lights today. Wondering if a standard bulb or strip 5000-6500K will work above the glass top?
It should work just fine. I have glass canopies and my lights shine through them without a problem. Just make sure to clean the canopy every week or two so that the light can shine through without a problem. Also make sure you get a Daylight 6,500K bulb.
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It should work just fine. I have glass canopies and my lights shine through them without a problem. Just make sure to clean the canopy every week or two so that the light can shine through without a problem. Also make sure you get a Daylight 6,500K bulb.
Thank you! Will do. I'm just worried about getting algae because they're low light plants mostly but I'll do 3-5 hrs initially to test it out 🙂
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Take the legs off the Stingray. Easy peasy.

What are tank dimension? Including depth.
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Take the legs off the Stingray. Easy peasy. <img style="max-width:100%;" src="https://www.bettafish.com/images/smilies/icon_wink.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Wink" class="inlineimg" />

What are tank dimension? Including depth.
Did that and it's super bright still! It's a good light but wowee I didn't know it was gonna be that bright. I found some nice lightbars at some stores, I'll just use those, I'll aim for 5-6500K.

Dimensions--Length: 16.2, Width: 8.4, Height: 10.9
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All I have are low light plants and the Stingray is what Finnex recommended over the Planted+ (the light I really, really wanted) and it grows perfectly. However, if the tank sits high I can see where you might see it as too bright; trust me, it isn't.

Mine run eight hours on and 16 off with no algae problems...except for the one in front of a window. That's called lack of foresight and paying attention.

BTW, my 5.5 tanks have same dimensions with 2" of substrate.
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All I have are low light plants and the Stingray is what Finnex recommended over the Planted+ (the light I really, really wanted) and it grows perfectly. However, if the tank sits high I can see where you might see it as too bright; trust me, it isn't.

Mine run eight hours on and 16 off with no algae problems...except for the one in front of a window. That's called lack of foresight and paying attention. <img style="max-width:100%;" src="https://www.bettafish.com/images/smilies/icon_wink.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Wink" class="inlineimg" />

BTW, my 5.5 tanks have same dimensions with 2" of substrate.
Thank you! I'll do more research &#x1f642;
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