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Thread: LED choices

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    Ill start out by saying that Im new here and probably going to get yelled at for not searching properly. I have been looking around for a similar answer to my question, but I didnt find a suitable one, so here I am.

    Anyway, I just got a Marineland 46 Euro tank and the cheap Marineland single bright LED strip is awful. I thought about going up to the double bright, but they got such horrible reviews everywhere I looked. I began checking out other options and I only became more confused. The tank measures 36" and I Would prefer something that will stand off the edges of the tank. I dont want anything I have to hang. I will be using it for my African Cichlids with no plants, so no need to go full spectrum or anything crazy.

    Any suggestions?

    Also, I would like the built in option of the moon beam effect for night if available. If not, I wouldnt mind adding another strip to achieve this effect.
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    I have a Beamswork 48 inch single bright on my 75 gal. Got it from aquatraders.com - this is the 36 inch model http://www.aquatraders.com/LED-Fresh...ht-p/56204.htm. I believe it is a single bright and it has the moonlights. My single bright is pretty bright (the tank pic in my sig has been toned down for brightness). I have had it since January and am very pleased with this LED unit so far.
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    Beamsworks seems to be the same company that produces the marineland fixtures. they are too close in specs/design to not be.
    If you are wanting the LED to just light up the tank, then gronlaura has the perfect fixture for your.

    Otherwise, another great fixture for the price (that can grow plants if you would chose) and at a great price is the "Finnex FugeRay" I have this fixture on my 40b (36in long) and the spread/brightness went beyond my expectations. It ships at 110bucks, but very well made and it also has the moonlighting that you desire. (albeit it is on a separate switch).

    you're not gonna get yelled at for not searching for this topic. lol. LED's are new and still developing in the aquatic world.
    It is a good post!

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    They are new - I needed a cool running fixture as my tank canopy is less than 5 inches high and a T5 or T8 fixture would be too hot. I have artificial plants, so I didn't have to worry about all the technical aspects for a planted tank.
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    Have you looked into the Marineland Hidden LED? I have see it in two sizes: 17" and 21". It can be submerged or hang in the inside rim of the tank and has both blue and white LEDs:
    http://www.drsfostersmith.com/produc...m?pcatid=24833

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    R420R 8K 3 panel LED measures 36 inches across and sits 6 inches off the tanks surface. It has multiple timer setting from preset to custom. Runs really cool with two fans that are super quiet. The moonlight, morning, afternoon, and evening effects are awesome as it has 4 different colour LED's in each panel. Yes it's a bit pricey but with Cree LED's you get the performance. Hey one day you may want real plants. Thats what happened to me anyway. Mine is a 16k version which sits over my reef tank.

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    I think with what has been said, I like the Razor the most. However, the cost is pretty crazy. I think the logical choice would be the Finnex Ray II. Im still open to other suggestions, but not interested in the Marineland options.

    Thanks!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mizzoutank View Post
    Beamsworks seems to be the same company that produces the marineland fixtures. they are too close in specs/design to not be.
    If you are wanting the LED to just light up the tank, then gronlaura has the perfect fixture for your.

    Otherwise, another great fixture for the price (that can grow plants if you would chose) and at a great price is the "Finnex FugeRay" I have this fixture on my 40b (36in long) and the spread/brightness went beyond my expectations. It ships at 110bucks, but very well made and it also has the moonlighting that you desire. (albeit it is on a separate switch).

    you're not gonna get yelled at for not searching for this topic. lol. LED's are new and still developing in the aquatic world.
    It is a good post!
    Where did you find it for $110?

    EDIT: Found it on the AquaVibrant site
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    make sure you get the fuge ray, not the rayII. the ray II will give you algae like you wouldnt believe

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    make sure you get the fuge ray, not the rayII. the ray II will give you algae like you wouldnt believe
    That's because it's a 10,000k Actinic designed for reef\marine tanks.

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