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Current Satellite Plus Pro LED lights...any experience with these?

Discussion in 'Planted Aquariums' started by Jennifer G., Dec 18, 2017.

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    Heya,

    I will be setting up some tanks after Christmas (3 10's and a 20 long) and purchased some Current Satellite Plus Pro LED's for each of them. I was wondering if anyone has any experience with them. Will they be able to grow "high light" plants (with CO2) with a 12-13" water/substrate depth or are they more of a low-medium light set up? Was also wondering if there was a magic number setting wise (intensity 1-100) where say set to 78 all is fine but set at 79 it's an algae fest?

    I went with the "Plus Pro's" due to the fact they have built in timers and plan on having them run 7-8 hours.

    Thanks in advance for your time :)
     
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    I've had my Current Satellite LED+ 48"-60" for over 2yrs now and it runs ~8hrs/day with a lamp timer. This fixture keeps the crypts, swords, anubia and java ferns growing nicely in my 55g. I do not add ferts or CO2.

    Glancing at the specs on Current-USA site for the "pro" fixtures, they have higher wattage ratings on them. Almost double what the standard LED+ fixtures use. I know this is only a piece of the puzzle, but generally speaking, if the LED fixture consumes more watts, it can throw more energy at the plants.
     
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    Thank you for the input FreshyFresh :) Just trying to figure out if I will be able to grow the demanding carpet plants and have some punches of reds ;)
     
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    I have a plus, not the pro, over a 10g tank... I would say it's fairly low light.

    Not sure how much the light improved with the pro.

    But give it a try :)
     
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    Ok, so I found a Model Comparison chart of all 3 of their models. Seems the Plus Pro model (per the company) is much more powerful than the other 2. 100 PAR at 12" as opposed to 35+ and 15+...I watched a video of Cory (Aquarium Co-op) review it with a PAR meter (calibrated for LED's) on a 12" tank. His readings showed a PAR of 75. Not sure if the company ran the tests filled with water or not, Cory did.

    All in all I'm sure this light will grow plants...trick is going to be dialing it in to grow more plants than algae :D
     
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