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Hi everyone,

I have the TopFin 5.5 gal tank. It's completely planted with Anubias, Java Fern, Crested Java Fern, Marimo Moss glued to rocks, and now a handful of Frogbit on top.

The tank came with stock lights which are 3 LED nodes, bright but not enough to do anything other than light up the tank. The Java Fern are turning white which I read means not enough light, I had 2 Anubias rhizomes rot (took those out), and have 3 left now. Some the Crested Java Fern are turning yellow and white as well. I did buy Easy Green Fertilizer and dose half pump once a week.

Now, would a Finnex Stingray 12" or 16" work well for low light plants? It's 7500K. The plants get indirect sunlight all day, not bright at all, there are still shady spots in the tank. But at night I want to turn on the lights for 3 hours max so the plants can bounce back and start growing. My tank has a lid so it needs to fit under the lid if possible.

Any other recommendations are welcome! Thank you!
 

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For your size tank 5.5 gal. you would need the 16" and with the stingray you might want to add 2 more hours of lighting. If you went with a Planted Plus I would say 4 hours max. These are really great lights. and the plants will do very well under the stingray.
 

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Old Dog 59 said:
For your size tank 5.5 gal. you would need the 16" and with the stingray you might want to add 2 more hours of lighting. If you went with a Planted Plus I would say 4 hours max. These are really great lights. and the plants will do very well under the stingray.
Thank you! I'm just worried about algae but if the tank is heavily planted and I don't overdo the lights or the ferts, it shouldn't be a problem, right?
 

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I used a 12" Stingray on my 5.5 Anubias-only tank. I happened to have it on hand and was going to get another 16" as on my other 5.5 tanks but had to wait for pay day. Wound up not getting another 16" as the 12" did quite well. But, as I said, low-light plants.

With the 16" I did not have any problems with algae. Get a timer and set it for eight hours.

Wish you lived in or near TN as I am giving away a bunch of equipment...including 16" Stingrays.
 

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With the stingray you should have no problem. as Russell has said a timer and an 8 hour cycle would be the ticket. If algae does appear and starts being a problem you could always put in some mystery or Nerite snails to take care of the algae and control it. I've found green Algae in my tanks and the snails really do the job in controlling it. The tanks are healthy and the plants thrive.
 

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RussellTheShihTzu said:
I used a 12" Stingray on my 5.5 Anubias-only tank. I happened to have it on hand and was going to get another 16" as on my other 5.5 tanks but had to wait for pay day. Wound up not getting another 16" as the 12" did quite well. But, as I said, low-light plants.

With the 16" I did not have any problems with algae. Get a timer and set it for eight hours.

Wish you lived in or near TN as I am giving away a bunch of equipment...including 16" Stingrays.
Thank you! Darn, I wish I lived near you! Another quick question: how do I rig it so it goes under the lid of the tank? I'm not sure it will fit under and I don't want Red jumping out of the water if I don't have a lid on it. I guess I could switch to a glass top maybe and just clip on so it shines over the glass top?
 

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With the stingray you should have no problem. as Russell has said a timer and an 8 hour cycle would be the ticket. If algae does appear and starts being a problem you could always put in some mystery or Nerite snails to take care of the algae and control it. I've found green Algae in my tanks and the snails really do the job in controlling it. The tanks are healthy and the plants thrive.
Thank you! Will do!
 

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RussellTheShihTzu said:
I used a 12" Stingray on my 5.5 Anubias-only tank. I happened to have it on hand and was going to get another 16" as on my other 5.5 tanks but had to wait for pay day. Wound up not getting another 16" as the 12" did quite well. But, as I said, low-light plants.

With the 16" I did not have any problems with algae. Get a timer and set it for eight hours.

Wish you lived in or near TN as I am giving away a bunch of equipment...including 16" Stingrays.
Another question: I have a plastic lid that came with the tank kit. The Finnex seems to mount on the sides without a lid since it's raised a bit. Should I switch to a glass top and just let it shine through the glass instead? Does condensation affect the light if I velcro it to the inside of the current lid? I don't want to risk Red jumping out, he's never done it but I know they're jumpers.
 

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Another question: I have a plastic lid that came with the tank kit. The Finnex seems to mount on the sides without a lid since it's raised a bit. Should I switch to a glass top and just let it shine through the glass instead? Does condensation affect the light if I velcro it to the inside of the current lid? I don't want to risk Red jumping out, he's never done it but I know they're jumpers.
You'll want to go with a glass canopy. I'll have to double check if the Marineland or the Versa fits the Top Fin 5.5.
You don't want to mount those lights where they will be subject to humidity, while they are sealed from below with a glass strip, I will tell you that moisture will get into the light and moisture damage is not covered under the warranty.
 

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You'll want to go with a glass canopy. I'll have to double check if the Marineland or the Versa fits the Top Fin 5.5.
You don't want to mount those lights where they will be subject to humidity, while they are sealed from below with a glass strip, I will tell you that moisture will get into the light and moisture damage is not covered under the warranty.
Thank you! I found a Marineland one that will fit. I'll order one right now 🙂
 

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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.
 

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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.
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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RussellTheShihTzu said:
Take the legs off the Stingray. Easy peasy. <img style="max-width:100%;" src="http://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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RussellTheShihTzu said:
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="http://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 🙂
 
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