I decided to upgrade my ‘out of date’ fluorescent tube lighting to something more powerful and efficient, but without the high energy demand and massive price tag. To my luck, I discovered the Fluval Sea ‘marine and reef’ nano LED lamp. This thing is fantastic. It utilises a huge 25k spectrum using a total of 156 smd light emitting diodes which disperse the light over a range of 120 degrees. Using only 14 watts of electricity, this light will more than satisfy soft corals and LPS corals, allowing for maximum colour and growth.
Suited for tanks from 20 to 40 litres (5-10 us gal), this light can easily be attached to the side of the tank. The most convenient feature I loved with this light is its ability to swivel, making for easy access to the top of the tank to feed fish or siphon. The length of the lamp can be easily adjusted to centre it on the tank, which is another great feature.
The daylight setting is stunning and really brings out the colours in the coral, but best of all, the lamp has a ‘night time actinic’ setting, which is phenomenal. The light setting is simply changed using the magnetic reed switch found at the front of the lamp, with the ‘off’ position being the centre.
The build of the lamp is great. With the body being made out of extruded aluminium, cooling is not needed, as aluminium has a high heat transfer coefficient, meaning that it can cool quickly. The steel bar holding the lamp is very stylish and gives a bit of a modern touch to the setup. This light is very compact. Being just a little bigger than a plastic CD cover, it measures 14 centimetres by 15.5 centimetres. Over all, this light does not feel or look cheap in any way.
This lamp set me back about 170 Australian dollars, which isn’t too bad for a LED light of this quality, but is definitely worth investing in.
I highly recommend this light to the beginner marine hobbyist. It may initially be a little expensive, but it will reward you with brilliant looking corals, an easy operation, an aesthetically pleasing build, and will be kind on your pocket in the long run as it only uses 14 watts of electricity.
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