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RussellTheShihTzu 05-01-2019 12:06 AM

One thing you never want to do...I learned the hard way...is think you can use a longer single light over two shorter ones. What I mean is I had two 5.5 sitting side-by-side. To save plug space, and without researching, I bought a 36" light to span both of them. Bad move...algae went crazy and the Anubias were over-lit (if that's the word).

I know you aren't planning on doing such but wanted to throw that out for anyone reading and considering.

PS: One of my 20 long tanks in higher on the same stand than the other. And you are correct: The one at the higher level *does* look much brighter. I think because I can actually see the LEDs.

bluesamphire 05-01-2019 03:49 AM

My stingray arrived nearly a week ago. It is one of the clip on 12 inches.
I plugged it in and turned it on and was surprised how dim seemed after the Aqua One light that I had been using.

So I decided to do a small experiment.

I have put the Stingray on one side of the tank, and the Aqua One on the other.
It has been less than a week, and the plants are already doing better on the Stingray side. The Hornwort is growing twice as fast, and the S. repens new leaves are sprouting in a more compact way. The old Aqua One light is still working, still bright, and the plants are OK, just not quite as OK, if you know what I mean.

Both lights are about 2.5 inches above the water, and shining through a glass lid with condensation on it.

Bettabetta000 05-01-2019 10:29 AM

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Originally Posted by RussellTheShihTzu
One thing you never want to do...I learned the hard way...is think you can use a longer single light over two shorter ones. What I mean is I had two 5.5 sitting side-by-side. To save plug space, and without researching, I bought a 36" light to span both of them. Bad move...algae went crazy and the Anubias were over-lit (if that's the word).

I know you aren't planning on doing such but wanted to throw that out for anyone reading and considering.

PS: One of my 20 long tanks in higher on the same stand than the other. And you are correct: The one at the higher level *does* look much brighter. I think because I can actually see the LEDs.

Oh no, I plan to get a 12-16" one. I actually found one where I can switch the Ks from 4-6000K so I might get that one. My glass top arrived and I love it already! It really is bright, therr's a lot of LEDs on the underside even when laying it directly on the lid, it shoots out the sides of the tank quite far.

Bettabetta000 05-01-2019 10:30 AM

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Originally Posted by bluesamphire
My stingray arrived nearly a week ago. It is one of the clip on 12 inches.
I plugged it in and turned it on and was surprised how dim seemed after the Aqua One light that I had been using.

So I decided to do a small experiment.

I have put the Stingray on one side of the tank, and the Aqua One on the other.
It has been less than a week, and the plants are already doing better on the Stingray side. The Hornwort is growing twice as fast, and the S. repens new leaves are sprouting in a more compact way. The old Aqua One light is still working, still bright, and the plants are OK, just not quite as OK, if you know what I mean.

Both lights are about 2.5 inches above the water, and shining through a glass lid with condensation on it.

I see, that's good to know! I might keep mine around just in case or maybe I'll try the updated Nicrew one. Have you had experience with those?

Ratvan 05-01-2019 10:38 AM

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Originally Posted by Bettabetta000 (Post 1852511388)
I see, that's good to know! I might keep mine around just in case or maybe I'll try the updated Nicrew one. Have you had experience with those?

Which Nicrew do you have? I really like the lights, they can even grow some low to moderate light corals
Word of warning, Crypts and Hygrophila grow like mad under these

Veloran 05-01-2019 11:18 AM

I had a whole writeup about my tank setups, but long story short ... you can't really tell how good a light is by looking at it.

I have the Stingray and Ecoxotic (dialed down) look the same but support plant life so differently, and the RRFs in the neglected Tupperware container by the glass doors with no direct sunlight get a nice red with red roots.

Also for timing, you can get the simple light timers or if you search around for a deal, you can get a WiFi enabled smart switch for about the same price. I bought my light timers for about $6 when the price dropped, and I bought a 4 pack of the WiFi timers for $24 when they were on sale on Amazon. With the WiFi plug, you can set multiple on/off times per day (plus control the plug from your phone). I was reading on TPT forums that breaking up your light period helps with plant growth and algae, but I haven't experimented with it.

bluesamphire 05-01-2019 12:19 PM

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Originally Posted by Bettabetta000 (Post 1852511388)
I see, that's good to know! I might keep mine around just in case or maybe I'll try the updated Nicrew one. Have you had experience with those?

Sorry, no experience of Nicrew. I've seen the name, but not bought (yet) ;)

Bettabetta000 05-01-2019 12:52 PM

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Originally Posted by Ratvan (Post 1852511390)

Which Nicrew do you have? I really like the lights, they can even grow some low to moderate light corals
Word of warning, Crypts and Hygrophila grow like mad under these

I don't currently use one so I'm wondering if it'd be dimmer than the Finnex (it's just too bright even set right on the glass top it shoots lights all over the room).

Bettabetta000 05-01-2019 12:54 PM

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Originally Posted by Veloran
I had a whole writeup about my tank setups, but long story short ... you can't really tell how good a light is by looking at it.

I have the Stingray and Ecoxotic (dialed down) look the same but support plant life so differently, and the RRFs in the neglected Tupperware container by the glass doors with no direct sunlight get a nice red with red roots.

Also for timing, you can get the simple light timers or if you search around for a deal, you can get a WiFi enabled smart switch for about the same price. I bought my light timers for about $6 when the price dropped, and I bought a 4 pack of the WiFi timers for $24 when they were on sale on Amazon. With the WiFi plug, you can set multiple on/off times per day (plus control the plug from your phone). I was reading on TPT forums that breaking up your light period helps with plant growth and algae, but I haven't experimented with it.

Thank you! I did buy a timer and have been using it. I have two light periods: ON 9-11 am, OFF, then ON 7-10 pm, then OFF for the night. I love the timer! It is a lifesaver 🙂

Bettabetta000 05-02-2019 03:01 PM

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Update: I got a 4100K light last night and I'm loving it. It looks like natural sunlight shining in the tank 🙂 to my eyes, the 5-7000Ks always looked too stark white and gray cast. I might have to up the time it's on but I do like it a lot 🙂


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