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The setup for this light is fast. The light combines a built-in Bluetooth app controller to allow the light to be controlled from your mobile device. You can drop the light in your tank by accident without worrying about it being damaged. It comes with a 3 year warranty, outperforming the competition by YEARS. Finally, you can pick one up and be guaranteed to get the ease of purchase and amazing support from the folks at Aquarium Co-Op in the tiny event of anything going wrong. If this sounds up your alley, both the  new Fluval Plant Spectrum 3.0  and the new Fluval Plant Nano  are available right now from Aquarium Co-Op (assuming people haven't beaten you to the pump...they're tough to keep in stock). For me, looking at the lights online seemed almost too good to be true, so I asked my wife Erica to drive down from Canada to the US to buy us three of these for our own tanks to see if they could live up to the big promises Fluval was making. How do you think they held up? To find out, read on. Looking for a review of the Fluval Spectrum Plant 3.0 Nano version specifically for small-sized tanks? Click here Fluval Plant 3.0 LED show-yes https://www.aquariumcoop.com/products/fluval-plant-3-0-led-light?ref=6 show-yes $134.99 3/18/2019 show-no Link to Flip Aquatics with affiliate link Show Flip Aquatics price (show-yes or show-no) Flip Aquatics price When price last updated show-no Link to Amazon from site stripe Has Your Aquarium Ever Turned Into An Algae Farm? UPDATE: now you can do a split photo period using a neat trick discovered by Bentley Pascoe! Click here for more details . If you've managed aquariums for any length of time you know that there's a real trade-off between having enough light to enjoy your fish and plants but not so much that algae turns the tank into a nightmare mess. Since most fixtures aren't dimmable, your only choice is normally to either try to remember to turn your light on and off at the correct times to avoid too much light or to get an inexpensive mechanical timer (or more recently, bluetooth smart socket) to do the job for you. That can work to get the algae under control, but on some tanks it means that you don't have much time to actually enjoy looking at your fish! The new Fluval 3.0 allows all that timer functionality PLUS adds the ability to dim the light or change the colour type to reduce algae growth - all from the comfort of your cellphone or mobile device. On top of that, you can even customize the colours to make your fish or plants pop. If that wasn't enough, you can even knock the darn thing into the tank and it'll keep right on humming with its industry-leading IP67 waterproof rating.  When you combine the feature set of the new light with the durability of Fluval LED products AND the kick-butt customer service and free shipping that Cory and his team at Aquarium Co-Op provide, well, let's just say that Erica and I have no regrets at all with our purchases. Getting Into The Weeds (But Not the Algae!) Is this Light for You? If you're looking to either grow plants in your aquariums or want to customize the look, intensity and duration of a light so that you can maximize enjoyment of your non-planted aquariums, then the Fluval 3.0 is an ideal light for you. If you're a proud member of the planted tank crowd, you'll love the ability to set exactly the duration and intensity of the light for two separate light levels for your tank (daytime and nighttime ). Additionally, you'll have the ability to to transition effortlessly and gradually between morning, daytime, evening and night. You can grow your low light easy plants with exactly as much light as they need, or for high tech setups time your CO2 to come on midway through the morning transition and to turn off midway through evening. It really doesn't get much easier than this to deliver exactly what your plants need. If you're more into fish than plants, the Fluval 3.0 offers you the ability to individually alter the 5 bands of coloured lights (pink, blue, cool white, pure white, warm white) to bring out the colours in the fish you keep the best. You can pick the levels of each band from 0-100% to best highlight blues on cardinal tetras, yellows and reds on bettas, greens on discus, bronze on goldfish, or whatever suits the fish you keep. In addition, if you like to create mood effects in particular tanks you can control the overall light level to keep from scaring skittish fish, to allow the deep tannin glow of an Amazon biotope to shine through, or to make a Seriyu stone aquascape absolutely shine. Lastly, the ramp timer allows a very gradual transition from darkness to daylight so you won't scare the heck out of your fish as they snap on to 100% like happens with a mechanical timer. If you've ever noticed your fish flying around the tank when the lights first come on, you'll know what I'm talking about (reference: their eyes don't adjust like ours do ). If you love to breed fish, the ramp function will be one of the most useful features you'll end up using. After all, there's really no point in carefully creating a custom habitat that perfectly replicates the wild territory of a sensitive fish only to have a non-dimmable drill instructor march in each morning with a bullhorn and snap the light on to 100% (it tends to wake the fish up on the wrong side of the bed !). How Does the Fluval 3.0 LED Light Perform? Since Fluval pretty much set the bar on light performance with the old 2.0, they did well to stick close to the proven recipe and concentrated mainly on upgrading the functionality of the light. In terms of overall colour temperature, while the old 2.0 was a 7500k light, the new 3.0 is a more traditional 6500K. Though both will grow plants, this gets the 3.0 a little closer to the colour of natural daylight (approximately 5000-5800K in most places depending on their distance from the equator). Interestingly however, the Nano unit keeps the older 7500K spectrum ). To some degree you could theoretically customize the average colour temperature of the 3.0 yourself by biasing your custom mixes to favour either the "cooler" end of the spectrum (cool being over 5000K and represented by the Cool White and Blue sliders on the FluvalSmart app) or the "warmer" end of the spectrum (2700-3000K and represented more by the Red or Warm White sliders), and that might be an interesting experiment for someone. In terms of raw light output, the rated lumen output and number of LED emetters is as listed in the little table below: Fluval 3.0 Length Nano 24" 36" 48" Lumens Produced 1000 lm 2350 lm 3300 lm 4250 lm LED Emitters 63 148 232 336   Lumens are commonly used to evaluate light levels because they're easy to measure and can allow you to compare one unit's light performance to another simply, but they're actually not all that useful for measuring plant grow performance. That's because lumens measure the intensity of the light as perceived by the human eye, rather than what's actually available to grow plants. To determine the usefulness of the light available to plants we need to turn to PAR (photosynthetically active radiation ). PAR is a measure of the amount of light available to be used during photosynthesis (the process by which plants harness energy from light  ), and while PAR itself isn't a perfect substitute, it's about the best we as hobbyists have at our disposal to use with commonly available measuring equipment. Though Fluval hasn't yet published official PAR numbers that I'm aware of, our friend Cory at Aquarium Co-Op was nice enough to take some simple measurements in his preview YouTube video using an Apogee PAR meter  similar to the one linked below (and a planted 125 gallon aquarium): Using the Apogee PAR meter and his 125 gallon aquarium, Cory measured the performance of both an older Fluval 2.0 as well as the new 3.0 using 4 foot (48") light bars. While the old 2.0 produced 32 to 33 PAR on that tank, the newer 3.0 produced 27 PAR at that same depth on that same day (1 PAR on just the red lights alone). Fluval LED Fixture PAR Measurement at bottom of 125 gallon Aquarium (~18-20" deep filled with water and including substrate) 2.0 32-33 PAR 3.0 27 PAR 3.0 (red only) 1 PAR   It's important to mention that those readings are particular to his tank, his water, and his meter, but they're a decent means of comparing the new light to the old one. Here are the PAR results that Fluval posted as their official values for the 2.0 for comparison: Depth of Measurement Fluval 2.0 (24-34") A3990 Fluval 2.0 (36-48") A3991 Fluval 2.0 (48-60") A3992 3" (8 cm) 453 470 545 6" (15 cm)  252 267 288 12" (30 cm) 107 112 136 18" (46 cm) 57 66 82 ...and finally, it's worth mentioning that Cara Wade disputes Cory's findings based off her testing with what she descibes as professional lab-grade sensors. In a Facebook thread here , Cara reports that her findings showed the 3.0 putting out similar numbers to the 2.0. She didn't mention which fixture she used, but since she reported 69umol/m2/s at 18" I can only guess she had a 36" unit. As such, though it stands to reason that it's likely that the PAR ratings dropped as a result of the lower number of emitters, there's still a chance that they may not have. But Wait, Controversy Aside Isn't That A Lower PAR Reading From Cory's testing of the Fluval 3.0 Compared to the 2.0? It is, and if true it's likely a result of the fact that while the new 3.0 is more functional than the old one, Fluval seems to have decided to keep the price of the 3.0 the same as the old light by trading the new built-in Bluetooth chip for a few less LED emitters. As an example of this, while the 48" Fluval 2.0 unit had 356 LED emitters, the new 48" 3.0 has only 336. Though that trade-off results in the reduced light output mentioned above, and potentially won't grow all plants quite as well if they need the full strength of the light, I personally think the trade-off is more than worth it. As Cory points out in his video the potential loss of 15% of the PAR isn't a good thing, but the light is still going to grow most low or moderate light plants that I want to grow. If I want a LOT more light it's going to require either a new or second light anyway, and if I had had the 2.0's output it wouldn't have made that difference up in the first place. To not have to pay a premium to get the extra LEDs in order to get the app is fine by me (remember, the old wifi controller the 2.0 took wasn't cheap), since the price is already getting to be towards the upper end of what I will comfortably pay for a light. That all said, if your heart is committed to the maximum output possible from a fixture, maybe consider tracking down an old 2.0 if you can find one used. If you do track down an old 2.0, remember that you'll end up needing a timer of some description as well. I can't in good conscience recommend the terrible 2.0 Bluetooth module since you have to use wifi to control it (and thus, disconnect from your normal wifi at home to do so): Fluval 2.0 WiFi LED Controller show-no Link to Aquarium Coop page with affiliate link Show Aquarium Coop Price (show-yes or show-no) Aquarium Coop price When price last updated show-no Link to Flip Aquatics with affiliate link Show Flip Aquatics price (show-yes or show-no) Flip Aquatics price When price last updated show-yes https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01APWSL6M/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ll1&tag=goldfishcan00-20&linkId=d59c5ab615665a5fdae13639a9f9fc03&language=en_US ...so read on for a few recommendations in the next section. Timers and Fluval 2.0s/3.0s As stated earlier, the Fluval 2.0 doesn't have a built in timer and therefore needs you to add one. You might be wondering why I've included the 3.0 in this section, however, given that it has a built in timer. The reason you'd want to do that is if you wanted to run a split photo period or "siesta" setup. That's where the light is on for two periods during the day, with a break in the middle to allow CO2 to build up again for use by plants. By programming the light in a particular way (detailed in the companion article on the Fluval app you can find here ), that's now possible with the 3.0 app, and it's how I run ours. Since I've started to heavily automate our fish room, the timers I use are connected to our wifi, automated, and controllable via Amazon Alexa. They'll do their thing on their own like any timer, but I can also turn them on via voice, and they respond to a motion detector in the fish room and turn on when I come in the door (if they would normally be off at that time). They're honestly not even much more money than a simple mechanical timer, and you don't have to crawl under an aquarium stand to reset them after a power outage or time change (they just check the time automatically via wifi and go back to their normal schedule). HIGHTLY recommended: Teckin Mini Smart Outlet Wifi Socket with Timer Function show-no Link to Aquarium Coop page with affiliate link Show Aquarium Coop Price (show-yes or show-no) Aquarium Coop price When price last updated show-no Link to Flip Aquatics with affiliate link show-no Flip Aquatics price When price last updated show-yes https://www.amazon.com/Assistant-Control-Function-Required-Upgrade/dp/B07FVST9YN/ref=as_li_ss_tl?crid=2HL09Y7UT9E3&keywords=teckin+smart+plug&qid=1552918774&s=gateway&sprefix=teckin+smart+,aps,176&sr=8-1-spons&psc=1&linkCode=ll1&tag=mobilea018665-20&linkId=5904b1d55f6d062e429189b68267e0b3&language=en_US If you're like most of us and don't have enough outlets near your aquariums, a power bar with a built in timer is a nice touch. I have a half dozen of these around the house, and though they're being replaced with home automation units like the plug above, they're still a solid choice and have been extremely reliable: Zoo Med AquaSun Aquarium Controller Timer & Power Strip show-no Link to Aquarium Coop page with affiliate link Show Aquarium Coop Price (show-yes or show-no) Aquarium Coop price When price last updated show-no Link to Flip Aquatics with affiliate link Show Flip Aquatics price (show-yes or show-no) Flip Aquatics price When price last updated show-yes https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003NWMQO0/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ll1&tag=goldfishcan00-20&linkId=3e38eaa5850929da45a6f1c02792b645&language=en_US The last choice I'd recommend isn't neccessarily my favourite, but it's convenient if you're already ordering a light from the Co-Op: Mechanical light timer show-yes https://www.aquariumcoop.com/products/light-timer?ref=6 show-yes $13.99 3/18/2019 show-no Link to Flip Aquatics with affiliate link Show Flip Aquatics price (show-yes or show-no) Flip Aquatics price When price last updated show-no Link to Amazon from site stripe These little timers will be reliable, and are a good price, and offer two outputs in case you have two lights to run. They don't offer the functionality that a power strip does, but if you don't need that, they're a decent choice. The FluvalSmart Mobile App So We've Established That We're Trading a Little Bit of PAR Output For a "Cool App"...Let's See The App in Action Then! That's a whole subject in and of itself, so I created an entire article about using the app. Just  click here   or on the image below to get a detailed look at the FluvalSmart app. In a nutshell, it's a good app with the potential to be great with a few small tweaks, and a huge improvement over the old   Fluval 2.0 Wifi Controller  (the old wifi controller isn't compatible with the new 3.0).   Which Fluval 3.0 Am I Likely to Need to Buy? Based off the data that's available on the Fluval 3.0 and their experiences with using them in the field, Aquarium CoOp recently put out some recommendations as to which light would be required for different applications depending on what you want to grow. For plants like anubias, crypts and other slow-growing options, choose the low light option. To step up to being able to grow stem plants and almost anything else that isn't a low-growing carpet plant, opt for medium light. For high-throttle, CO2    injected setups, be sure to aim more for the high light side of the spectrum. Always remember that the flexibility of the 3.0 means the lights can be run in lower-power modes than are indicated here, so buying a little bit more light than you need at first isn't really a problem. If you've ever wondered what was involved with CO2    injected setups but were intimidated by the complexity, here's a good intro video.  Tank Size (Gallons) Fluval 3.0 Required 20 High 24" (High) 29 24" (Medium to High) 40 Breeder 36" (Medium to High) 40 Long 48" (High) 55 48" (Medium To High) 65 36" (Medium), 36" x 2 (High) 75 48" (Medium), 48" x 2 (High) 90 48" (Low), 48" x 2 (Medium to High) 120 48" x 2 (Medium), 48" x 3 (High)  125 36" x 2 (Low), 36" x 4 (Medium To High) 180 36" x 2 (Low), 36" x 4 (Medium) 240 48" x 2 (Low to Med), 48" x 4 (Medium To High) For smaller tanks than these, consider the Finnex Stingray as well. They're economical and simpler, and while they don't offer the same functionality as a 3.0, they're easier on the budget. Questions About the Fluval 3.0 What's the Warranty Like? One of the best parts of the 3.0 is that it comes with a 3 year warranty. You may have to order from an official dealer like Aquarium Co-Op  rather than a sketchy "back of a turnip truck" source on Ebay in order to claim that warranty however, so do be careful in your quest for the lowest price possible. If you bought direct or from a supplier like Dr Fosters and Smith that makes you handle your own returns more than 60 days from time of purchase, you can get details of the return by clicking here . Quick summary: unless it's dead on arrival or shortly thereafter, you're basically on your own. If you order from Aquarium Co-Op however, they'll take the light in trade, send you out a new one, and handle the return for you. It's yet another reason to support them, and the great return policy is why Cory sells these and not lights like the Current Satellite series (whose warranty is only one year, and who make returns hard for dealers to handle for you). How Much Clearance Above the Tank is Needed? Not very much...about an inch or so. What's the Life Expectancy of the Fluval 3.0? 50,000 hours is the theoretical life of the LEDs, which works out to about 6 years. That number is a lab figure however, and generally assumes you don't actually turn them on and off (which I'm prone to do on occasion). Practically, the life expectancy should still be a number of years in reality, and the light comes with a 3 year warranty that hints at its expected lifespan. UPDATE: As of March of 2019, we've had these lights for over a year. They've all held up well with no loss of output, LEDs, or even burps from the lights. No complaints at all (other than the fact that the app hasn't seen an update in that time). Is the Fluval 3.0 Submersible, or Will it Be Damaged by Splashing Water? Water intrusion may be a weakness of other lights, but it's not a weakness of this one! A number of people have dumped them into their tanks intentionally to test the "IP67 water ingress protection", and it's passed with flying colours. Scroll down to the YouTube review from Robot Aquariums to see one happily sprayed down in a shower, and keep right on working. Accidentally dunking the light, whether on purpose or by accident, won't be an issue with the Fluval 3.0. Other lights are even vulnerable to water spray from sponge filters etc, however, so do continue to be careful with other brands (not a concern here though). How Wide of a Light Beam Does the Fluval 3.0 Project? The LEDs used here are known as "120 degree" LEDs, which is a pretty comfortable viewing width on most tanks. That spread means that it can handle a relatively wide tank front to back, and it targets at least an 18" front to back aquarium depth.  This ideal can vary based on how high above the tank bottom you suspend the light (greater distances allowing for a wider tank), but just remember that the effectiveness of the light drops off quicker at greater heights. Most LED lights are very directional, and the 120 degree choice was made to avoid some of the dead spot issues that other fixtures can create when the light is either too short for, or not versatile enough for, the average aquarium. How Hot Does the Fluval 3.0 Get in Operation? Though it's not hot enough to be uncomfortable to hold, I did find the light to get surprisingly warm in operation. It's apparently designed to get a little warmer to accommodate the choice of LEDs, but being used to lower-powered setups I did at least notice the higher operating temperature . The full aluminum shell is durable, but also acts as a heat sink to get heat away from the LEDs where it can otherwise cause damage, so that's a plus. Since the LEDs themselves are not causing the heat to be generated like a fluorescent bulb would be doing, there shouldn't be any issues with the 3.0 causing your tank to warm up (heat rises and all that good stuff). Are the Mounting Brackets Durable? Thankfully, and unlike cheaper competitors, the extension legs used to adapt the light to longer tanks are machined very nicely and seem quite solid and durable. They adjust easily, but don't collapse at the slightest touch if you happen to bump the light cleaning out the tank or changing water. Can it be Suspended from Cables? Not without custom hardware or a little DIY. Can the Blue Light Ramp Down From Say 20% to 0% After a Couple of Hours or Can It Only Be Completely On or Completely Off? Only on at some level or off right now, unfortunately, though as noted above in the article this might be a feature for future free updates of the app. I'm Also In Canada, Where Can I Get My Hot Little Hands on a Fluval 3.0? Pets and Ponds is a reliable source and good folks, though you'll be paying quite an extreme premium for the privilege. Their listed price as of 3/18/2019 was $299.99 Canadian. Aquarium Co-Op doesn't ship to Canada, but their US price is $134.99, or roughly $180.00 Canadian. Cory also ships for free at this price bracket, and Pets and Ponds most assuredly does not (add at least $15). As a result, you'll see why we make the trip to the border periodically to buy things from the Co-Op! (we just get them shipped to a border holding location and pick them up on the weekend). How Does the Light Know What Time It Is? This is set by the phone or tablet you use to program the light. You don't need to set the time manually, but you may need to re-export the program to the light after each time change if you want the light to be on the "new" time change. Can the New FluvalSmart App Work with the Old Wifi Controller for the 2.0? Nope, the older Wifi controller works with the 2.0 light but over Wifi (as the name implies). The newer app works with the 3.0 lights over Bluetooth, and the technologies are unfortunately not cross compatible. How Does the Light Handle Dimming the LEDs? It actually doesn't dim the output of the LEDs, but instead rapidly flashes the light on an off. It can make for some funny visual effects when recorded on video as a result, where the frame rate of the camera makes the light seem "flickery". Does the Fluval 3.0 Come With a Physical Remote Control? No, though there's a manual control button, the mobile Bluetooth app replaces previous physical remote controls. Reaching Out To the #FishFam For Other Opinions Since my opinion is only one in a sea of many, I've included a number of other reviews that I found during my own search for info on the 3.0 prior to buying it. Cory McElroy From Aquarium Co-Op on the Fluval 3.0 We've already seen Cory's video earlier, but watch it again here if you're so inclined. AquaPros on the Fluval 3.0 AquaPros approved! commented that it's always nice to have more power than you need with the ability to dial it back Ashik Banjade on the Fluval 3.0 had a Finex Planted+ 24/7 that was sadly half functional at time of the video, in that some of the LEDS were burned out (remember, the Fluval 3.0 has a three year warranty compared to the 1 year of the Finnex) was expecting a physical remote, but didn't realize that the app replaced it was pleased that the adjustable legs replace previous double sided tape mounts required by other lights gave a good comparison demo of this light compared to the broken Finnex commented that the form factor seems good, and it sits on the tank well  Robot Aquariums on the Fluval 3.0 a fun, playful review shows the light being dunked in the shower to show off the IP67 waterproof rating So I'm Interested in the Light Itself, But What Was It Like to Order From Aquarium Co-Op? Look for a detailed article soon to outline exactly what it was like, but in a nutshell it was a pretty straightforward and pleasant experience. Unfortunately, Cory doesn't ship directly to Canada (please bug him on my behalf to let us carry Aquarium Co-Op  gear in Canada, since we've offered in the past). That means in order to order Fluval 3.0 lights , his house brand foods , or EasyGreen fertilizer for delivery to Canada you need to order off his website and have the items shipped to a location in the United States for pickup. For our part, we chose At The Border Storage in Montana as the closest place to ship to, which for us is about 4 hours drive away. Erica and her mum drove down on Friday since she had the day off (At The Border Storage is only open on the weekend one day per month), picked up the 3 packages at a cost of $5 each, and drove them home. The only additional charge she encountered at the border was to pay 5% GST since we live in Alberta. Shipping from Aquarium Co-Op to Montana was free since the order value was over $75. There was no real fuss, the tracking numbers worked well, and I used Facebook Messenger notifications to keep in touch with shipping the whole way (thanks to Allie and her team in shipping at Aquarium Co-Op!). Summary - So Is The Fluval 3.0 Plant LED Aquarium Light Worth It? Should I Be Worried That #fluvalstrippin? In my mind, the 3.0 is absolutely worth the money they're asking for it...this is definitely a good bang for your buck. The light itself is incredibly well built, waterproof, customizable to the degree I need it to be, uses modern tech, and is priced competitively.  All in all, I'd highly suggest going over the Aquarium Co-Op and picking up a Fluval 3.0 or two (or three as we did). Drop me a note in the comments if you do!   Fluval Plant 3.0 LED show-yes https://www.aquariumcoop.com/products/fluval-plant-3-0-led-light?ref=6 show-yes $134.99 3/18/2019 show-no Link to Flip Aquatics with affiliate link Show Flip Aquatics price (show-yes or show-no) Flip Aquatics price When price last updated show-no Link to Amazon from site stripe shopify_CA_543060164665 543060164665 new 0.00 CAD in stock http://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/1677/5821/products/Fluval_3_0_LED_Light_LED_Array_Powered_On_End_grande.jpg?v=1521460798 Aquarium Co-Op LED Light Fluval Plant 3.0 LED Planted Aquarium Light: Product Review https://arcticlightsaquatics.com/products/fluval-plant-3-0-led-light-product-review-plus-fluval-nano-preview?variant=7046162808889 Fluval Plant 3.0 LED Planted Aquarium Light: Product Review Default Title Whether you're just getting into planted aquariums, looking to replace a stock light fixture, or are already a plant guru that just knows a great light when you see one, you're going to want to give this light a serious look for your next tank. The setup for this light is fast. The light combines a built-in Bluetooth app controller to allow the light to be controlled from your mobile device. You can drop the light in your tank by accident without worrying about it being damaged. It comes with a 3 year warranty, outperforming the competition by YEARS. Finally, you can pick one up and be guaranteed to get the ease of purchase and amazing support from the folks at Aquarium Co-Op in the tiny event of anything going wrong. If this sounds up your alley, both the  new Fluval Plant Spectrum 3.0  and the new Fluval Plant Nano  are available right now from Aquarium Co-Op (assuming people haven't beaten you to the pump...they're tough to keep in stock). For me, looking at the lights online seemed almost too good to be true, so I asked my wife Erica to drive down from Canada to the US to buy us three of these for our own tanks to see if they could live up to the big promises Fluval was making. How do you think they held up? To find out, read on. Looking for a review of the Fluval Spectrum Plant 3.0 Nano version specifically for small-sized tanks? Click here Fluval Plant 3.0 LED show-yes https://www.aquariumcoop.com/products/fluval-plant-3-0-led-light?ref=6 show-yes $134.99 3/18/2019 show-no Link to Flip Aquatics with affiliate link Show Flip Aquatics price (show-yes or show-no) Flip Aquatics price When price last updated show-no Link to Amazon from site stripe Has Your Aquarium Ever Turned Into An Algae Farm? UPDATE: now you can do a split photo period using a neat trick discovered by Bentley Pascoe! Click here for more details . If you've managed aquariums for any length of time you know that there's a real trade-off between having enough light to enjoy your fish and plants but not so much that algae turns the tank into a nightmare mess. Since most fixtures aren't dimmable, your only choice is normally to either try to remember to turn your light on and off at the correct times to avoid too much light or to get an inexpensive mechanical timer (or more recently, bluetooth smart socket) to do the job for you. That can work to get the algae under control, but on some tanks it means that you don't have much time to actually enjoy looking at your fish! The new Fluval 3.0 allows all that timer functionality PLUS adds the ability to dim the light or change the colour type to reduce algae growth - all from the comfort of your cellphone or mobile device. On top of that, you can even customize the colours to make your fish or plants pop. If that wasn't enough, you can even knock the darn thing into the tank and it'll keep right on humming with its industry-leading IP67 waterproof rating.  When you combine the feature set of the new light with the durability of Fluval LED products AND the kick-butt customer service and free shipping that Cory and his team at Aquarium Co-Op provide, well, let's just say that Erica and I have no regrets at all with our purchases. Getting Into The Weeds (But Not the Algae!) Is this Light for You? If you're looking to either grow plants in your aquariums or want to customize the look, intensity and duration of a light so that you can maximize enjoyment of your non-planted aquariums, then the Fluval 3.0 is an ideal light for you. If you're a proud member of the planted tank crowd, you'll love the ability to set exactly the duration and intensity of the light for two separate light levels for your tank (daytime and nighttime ). Additionally, you'll have the ability to to transition effortlessly and gradually between morning, daytime, evening and night. You can grow your low light easy plants with exactly as much light as they need, or for high tech setups time your CO2 to come on midway through the morning transition and to turn off midway through evening. It really doesn't get much easier than this to deliver exactly what your plants need. If you're more into fish than plants, the Fluval 3.0 offers you the ability to individually alter the 5 bands of coloured lights (pink, blue, cool white, pure white, warm white) to bring out the colours in the fish you keep the best. You can pick the levels of each band from 0-100% to best highlight blues on cardinal tetras, yellows and reds on bettas, greens on discus, bronze on goldfish, or whatever suits the fish you keep. In addition, if you like to create mood effects in particular tanks you can control the overall light level to keep from scaring skittish fish, to allow the deep tannin glow of an Amazon biotope to shine through, or to make a Seriyu stone aquascape absolutely shine. Lastly, the ramp timer allows a very gradual transition from darkness to daylight so you won't scare the heck out of your fish as they snap on to 100% like happens with a mechanical timer. If you've ever noticed your fish flying around the tank when the lights first come on, you'll know what I'm talking about (reference: their eyes don't adjust like ours do ). If you love to breed fish, the ramp function will be one of the most useful features you'll end up using. After all, there's really no point in carefully creating a custom habitat that perfectly replicates the wild territory of a sensitive fish only to have a non-dimmable drill instructor march in each morning with a bullhorn and snap the light on to 100% (it tends to wake the fish up on the wrong side of the bed !). How Does the Fluval 3.0 LED Light Perform? Since Fluval pretty much set the bar on light performance with the old 2.0, they did well to stick close to the proven recipe and concentrated mainly on upgrading the functionality of the light. In terms of overall colour temperature, while the old 2.0 was a 7500k light, the new 3.0 is a more traditional 6500K. Though both will grow plants, this gets the 3.0 a little closer to the colour of natural daylight (approximately 5000-5800K in most places depending on their distance from the equator). Interestingly however, the Nano unit keeps the older 7500K spectrum ). To some degree you could theoretically customize the average colour temperature of the 3.0 yourself by biasing your custom mixes to favour either the "cooler" end of the spectrum (cool being over 5000K and represented by the Cool White and Blue sliders on the FluvalSmart app) or the "warmer" end of the spectrum (2700-3000K and represented more by the Red or Warm White sliders), and that might be an interesting experiment for someone. In terms of raw light output, the rated lumen output and number of LED emetters is as listed in the little table below: Fluval 3.0 Length Nano 24" 36" 48" Lumens Produced 1000 lm 2350 lm 3300 lm 4250 lm LED Emitters 63 148 232 336   Lumens are commonly used to evaluate light levels because they're easy to measure and can allow you to compare one unit's light performance to another simply, but they're actually not all that useful for measuring plant grow performance. That's because lumens measure the intensity of the light as perceived by the human eye, rather than what's actually available to grow plants. To determine the usefulness of the light available to plants we need to turn to PAR (photosynthetically active radiation ). PAR is a measure of the amount of light available to be used during photosynthesis (the process by which plants harness energy from light  ), and while PAR itself isn't a perfect substitute, it's about the best we as hobbyists have at our disposal to use with commonly available measuring equipment. Though Fluval hasn't yet published official PAR numbers that I'm aware of, our friend Cory at Aquarium Co-Op was nice enough to take some simple measurements in his preview YouTube video using an Apogee PAR meter  similar to the one linked below (and a planted 125 gallon aquarium): Using the Apogee PAR meter and his 125 gallon aquarium, Cory measured the performance of both an older Fluval 2.0 as well as the new 3.0 using 4 foot (48") light bars. While the old 2.0 produced 32 to 33 PAR on that tank, the newer 3.0 produced 27 PAR at that same depth on that same day (1 PAR on just the red lights alone). Fluval LED Fixture PAR Measurement at bottom of 125 gallon Aquarium (~18-20" deep filled with water and including substrate) 2.0 32-33 PAR 3.0 27 PAR 3.0 (red only) 1 PAR   It's important to mention that those readings are particular to his tank, his water, and his meter, but they're a decent means of comparing the new light to the old one. Here are the PAR results that Fluval posted as their official values for the 2.0 for comparison: Depth of Measurement Fluval 2.0 (24-34") A3990 Fluval 2.0 (36-48") A3991 Fluval 2.0 (48-60") A3992 3" (8 cm) 453 470 545 6" (15 cm)  252 267 288 12" (30 cm) 107 112 136 18" (46 cm) 57 66 82 ...and finally, it's worth mentioning that Cara Wade disputes Cory's findings based off her testing with what she descibes as professional lab-grade sensors. In a Facebook thread here , Cara reports that her findings showed the 3.0 putting out similar numbers to the 2.0. She didn't mention which fixture she used, but since she reported 69umol/m2/s at 18" I can only guess she had a 36" unit. As such, though it stands to reason that it's likely that the PAR ratings dropped as a result of the lower number of emitters, there's still a chance that they may not have. But Wait, Controversy Aside Isn't That A Lower PAR Reading From Cory's testing of the Fluval 3.0 Compared to the 2.0? It is, and if true it's likely a result of the fact that while the new 3.0 is more functional than the old one, Fluval seems to have decided to keep the price of the 3.0 the same as the old light by trading the new built-in Bluetooth chip for a few less LED emitters. As an example of this, while the 48" Fluval 2.0 unit had 356 LED emitters, the new 48" 3.0 has only 336. Though that trade-off results in the reduced light output mentioned above, and potentially won't grow all plants quite as well if they need the full strength of the light, I personally think the trade-off is more than worth it. As Cory points out in his video the potential loss of 15% of the PAR isn't a good thing, but the light is still going to grow most low or moderate light plants that I want to grow. If I want a LOT more light it's going to require either a new or second light anyway, and if I had had the 2.0's output it wouldn't have made that difference up in the first place. To not have to pay a premium to get the extra LEDs in order to get the app is fine by me (remember, the old wifi controller the 2.0 took wasn't cheap), since the price is already getting to be towards the upper end of what I will comfortably pay for a light. That all said, if your heart is committed to the maximum output possible from a fixture, maybe consider tracking down an old 2.0 if you can find one used. If you do track down an old 2.0, remember that you'll end up needing a timer of some description as well. I can't in good conscience recommend the terrible 2.0 Bluetooth module since you have to use wifi to control it (and thus, disconnect from your normal wifi at home to do so): Fluval 2.0 WiFi LED Controller show-no Link to Aquarium Coop page with affiliate link Show Aquarium Coop Price (show-yes or show-no) Aquarium Coop price When price last updated show-no Link to Flip Aquatics with affiliate link Show Flip Aquatics price (show-yes or show-no) Flip Aquatics price When price last updated show-yes https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01APWSL6M/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ll1&tag=goldfishcan00-20&linkId=d59c5ab615665a5fdae13639a9f9fc03&language=en_US ...so read on for a few recommendations in the next section. Timers and Fluval 2.0s/3.0s As stated earlier, the Fluval 2.0 doesn't have a built in timer and therefore needs you to add one. You might be wondering why I've included the 3.0 in this section, however, given that it has a built in timer. The reason you'd want to do that is if you wanted to run a split photo period or "siesta" setup. That's where the light is on for two periods during the day, with a break in the middle to allow CO2 to build up again for use by plants. By programming the light in a particular way (detailed in the companion article on the Fluval app you can find here ), that's now possible with the 3.0 app, and it's how I run ours. Since I've started to heavily automate our fish room, the timers I use are connected to our wifi, automated, and controllable via Amazon Alexa. They'll do their thing on their own like any timer, but I can also turn them on via voice, and they respond to a motion detector in the fish room and turn on when I come in the door (if they would normally be off at that time). They're honestly not even much more money than a simple mechanical timer, and you don't have to crawl under an aquarium stand to reset them after a power outage or time change (they just check the time automatically via wifi and go back to their normal schedule). HIGHTLY recommended: Teckin Mini Smart Outlet Wifi Socket with Timer Function show-no Link to Aquarium Coop page with affiliate link Show Aquarium Coop Price (show-yes or show-no) Aquarium Coop price When price last updated show-no Link to Flip Aquatics with affiliate link show-no Flip Aquatics price When price last updated show-yes https://www.amazon.com/Assistant-Control-Function-Required-Upgrade/dp/B07FVST9YN/ref=as_li_ss_tl?crid=2HL09Y7UT9E3&keywords=teckin+smart+plug&qid=1552918774&s=gateway&sprefix=teckin+smart+,aps,176&sr=8-1-spons&psc=1&linkCode=ll1&tag=mobilea018665-20&linkId=5904b1d55f6d062e429189b68267e0b3&language=en_US If you're like most of us and don't have enough outlets near your aquariums, a power bar with a built in timer is a nice touch. I have a half dozen of these around the house, and though they're being replaced with home automation units like the plug above, they're still a solid choice and have been extremely reliable: Zoo Med AquaSun Aquarium Controller Timer & Power Strip show-no Link to Aquarium Coop page with affiliate link Show Aquarium Coop Price (show-yes or show-no) Aquarium Coop price When price last updated show-no Link to Flip Aquatics with affiliate link Show Flip Aquatics price (show-yes or show-no) Flip Aquatics price When price last updated show-yes https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003NWMQO0/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ll1&tag=goldfishcan00-20&linkId=3e38eaa5850929da45a6f1c02792b645&language=en_US The last choice I'd recommend isn't neccessarily my favourite, but it's convenient if you're already ordering a light from the Co-Op: Mechanical light timer show-yes https://www.aquariumcoop.com/products/light-timer?ref=6 show-yes $13.99 3/18/2019 show-no Link to Flip Aquatics with affiliate link Show Flip Aquatics price (show-yes or show-no) Flip Aquatics price When price last updated show-no Link to Amazon from site stripe These little timers will be reliable, and are a good price, and offer two outputs in case you have two lights to run. They don't offer the functionality that a power strip does, but if you don't need that, they're a decent choice. The FluvalSmart Mobile App So We've Established That We're Trading a Little Bit of PAR Output For a "Cool App"...Let's See The App in Action Then! That's a whole subject in and of itself, so I created an entire article about using the app. Just  click here   or on the image below to get a detailed look at the FluvalSmart app. In a nutshell, it's a good app with the potential to be great with a few small tweaks, and a huge improvement over the old   Fluval 2.0 Wifi Controller  (the old wifi controller isn't compatible with the new 3.0).   Which Fluval 3.0 Am I Likely to Need to Buy? Based off the data that's available on the Fluval 3.0 and their experiences with using them in the field, Aquarium CoOp recently put out some recommendations as to which light would be required for different applications depending on what you want to grow. For plants like anubias, crypts and other slow-growing options, choose the low light option. To step up to being able to grow stem plants and almost anything else that isn't a low-growing carpet plant, opt for medium light. For high-throttle, CO2    injected setups, be sure to aim more for the high light side of the spectrum. Always remember that the flexibility of the 3.0 means the lights can be run in lower-power modes than are indicated here, so buying a little bit more light than you need at first isn't really a problem. If you've ever wondered what was involved with CO2    injected setups but were intimidated by the complexity, here's a good intro video.  Tank Size (Gallons) Fluval 3.0 Required 20 High 24" (High) 29 24" (Medium to High) 40 Breeder 36" (Medium to High) 40 Long 48" (High) 55 48" (Medium To High) 65 36" (Medium), 36" x 2 (High) 75 48" (Medium), 48" x 2 (High) 90 48" (Low), 48" x 2 (Medium to High) 120 48" x 2 (Medium), 48" x 3 (High)  125 36" x 2 (Low), 36" x 4 (Medium To High) 180 36" x 2 (Low), 36" x 4 (Medium) 240 48" x 2 (Low to Med), 48" x 4 (Medium To High) For smaller tanks than these, consider the Finnex Stingray as well. They're economical and simpler, and while they don't offer the same functionality as a 3.0, they're easier on the budget. Questions About the Fluval 3.0 What's the Warranty Like? One of the best parts of the 3.0 is that it comes with a 3 year warranty. You may have to order from an official dealer like Aquarium Co-Op  rather than a sketchy "back of a turnip truck" source on Ebay in order to claim that warranty however, so do be careful in your quest for the lowest price possible. If you bought direct or from a supplier like Dr Fosters and Smith that makes you handle your own returns more than 60 days from time of purchase, you can get details of the return by clicking here . Quick summary: unless it's dead on arrival or shortly thereafter, you're basically on your own. If you order from Aquarium Co-Op however, they'll take the light in trade, send you out a new one, and handle the return for you. It's yet another reason to support them, and the great return policy is why Cory sells these and not lights like the Current Satellite series (whose warranty is only one year, and who make returns hard for dealers to handle for you). How Much Clearance Above the Tank is Needed? Not very much...about an inch or so. What's the Life Expectancy of the Fluval 3.0? 50,000 hours is the theoretical life of the LEDs, which works out to about 6 years. That number is a lab figure however, and generally assumes you don't actually turn them on and off (which I'm prone to do on occasion). Practically, the life expectancy should still be a number of years in reality, and the light comes with a 3 year warranty that hints at its expected lifespan. UPDATE: As of March of 2019, we've had these lights for over a year. They've all held up well with no loss of output, LEDs, or even burps from the lights. No complaints at all (other than the fact that the app hasn't seen an update in that time). Is the Fluval 3.0 Submersible, or Will it Be Damaged by Splashing Water? Water intrusion may be a weakness of other lights, but it's not a weakness of this one! A number of people have dumped them into their tanks intentionally to test the "IP67 water ingress protection", and it's passed with flying colours. Scroll down to the YouTube review from Robot Aquariums to see one happily sprayed down in a shower, and keep right on working. Accidentally dunking the light, whether on purpose or by accident, won't be an issue with the Fluval 3.0. Other lights are even vulnerable to water spray from sponge filters etc, however, so do continue to be careful with other brands (not a concern here though). How Wide of a Light Beam Does the Fluval 3.0 Project? The LEDs used here are known as "120 degree" LEDs, which is a pretty comfortable viewing width on most tanks. That spread means that it can handle a relatively wide tank front to back, and it targets at least an 18" front to back aquarium depth.  This ideal can vary based on how high above the tank bottom you suspend the light (greater distances allowing for a wider tank), but just remember that the effectiveness of the light drops off quicker at greater heights. Most LED lights are very directional, and the 120 degree choice was made to avoid some of the dead spot issues that other fixtures can create when the light is either too short for, or not versatile enough for, the average aquarium. How Hot Does the Fluval 3.0 Get in Operation? Though it's not hot enough to be uncomfortable to hold, I did find the light to get surprisingly warm in operation. It's apparently designed to get a little warmer to accommodate the choice of LEDs, but being used to lower-powered setups I did at least notice the higher operating temperature . The full aluminum shell is durable, but also acts as a heat sink to get heat away from the LEDs where it can otherwise cause damage, so that's a plus. Since the LEDs themselves are not causing the heat to be generated like a fluorescent bulb would be doing, there shouldn't be any issues with the 3.0 causing your tank to warm up (heat rises and all that good stuff). Are the Mounting Brackets Durable? Thankfully, and unlike cheaper competitors, the extension legs used to adapt the light to longer tanks are machined very nicely and seem quite solid and durable. They adjust easily, but don't collapse at the slightest touch if you happen to bump the light cleaning out the tank or changing water. Can it be Suspended from Cables? Not without custom hardware or a little DIY. Can the Blue Light Ramp Down From Say 20% to 0% After a Couple of Hours or Can It Only Be Completely On or Completely Off? Only on at some level or off right now, unfortunately, though as noted above in the article this might be a feature for future free updates of the app. I'm Also In Canada, Where Can I Get My Hot Little Hands on a Fluval 3.0? Pets and Ponds is a reliable source and good folks, though you'll be paying quite an extreme premium for the privilege. Their listed price as of 3/18/2019 was $299.99 Canadian. Aquarium Co-Op doesn't ship to Canada, but their US price is $134.99, or roughly $180.00 Canadian. Cory also ships for free at this price bracket, and Pets and Ponds most assuredly does not (add at least $15). As a result, you'll see why we make the trip to the border periodically to buy things from the Co-Op! (we just get them shipped to a border holding location and pick them up on the weekend). How Does the Light Know What Time It Is? This is set by the phone or tablet you use to program the light. You don't need to set the time manually, but you may need to re-export the program to the light after each time change if you want the light to be on the "new" time change. Can the New FluvalSmart App Work with the Old Wifi Controller for the 2.0? Nope, the older Wifi controller works with the 2.0 light but over Wifi (as the name implies). The newer app works with the 3.0 lights over Bluetooth, and the technologies are unfortunately not cross compatible. How Does the Light Handle Dimming the LEDs? It actually doesn't dim the output of the LEDs, but instead rapidly flashes the light on an off. It can make for some funny visual effects when recorded on video as a result, where the frame rate of the camera makes the light seem "flickery". Does the Fluval 3.0 Come With a Physical Remote Control? No, though there's a manual control button, the mobile Bluetooth app replaces previous physical remote controls. Reaching Out To the #FishFam For Other Opinions Since my opinion is only one in a sea of many, I've included a number of other reviews that I found during my own search for info on the 3.0 prior to buying it. Cory McElroy From Aquarium Co-Op on the Fluval 3.0 We've already seen Cory's video earlier, but watch it again here if you're so inclined. AquaPros on the Fluval 3.0 AquaPros approved! commented that it's always nice to have more power than you need with the ability to dial it back Ashik Banjade on the Fluval 3.0 had a Finex Planted+ 24/7 that was sadly half functional at time of the video, in that some of the LEDS were burned out (remember, the Fluval 3.0 has a three year warranty compared to the 1 year of the Finnex) was expecting a physical remote, but didn't realize that the app replaced it was pleased that the adjustable legs replace previous double sided tape mounts required by other lights gave a good comparison demo of this light compared to the broken Finnex commented that the form factor seems good, and it sits on the tank well  Robot Aquariums on the Fluval 3.0 a fun, playful review shows the light being dunked in the shower to show off the IP67 waterproof rating So I'm Interested in the Light Itself, But What Was It Like to Order From Aquarium Co-Op? Look for a detailed article soon to outline exactly what it was like, but in a nutshell it was a pretty straightforward and pleasant experience. Unfortunately, Cory doesn't ship directly to Canada (please bug him on my behalf to let us carry Aquarium Co-Op  gear in Canada, since we've offered in the past). That means in order to order Fluval 3.0 lights , his house brand foods , or EasyGreen fertilizer for delivery to Canada you need to order off his website and have the items shipped to a location in the United States for pickup. For our part, we chose At The Border Storage in Montana as the closest place to ship to, which for us is about 4 hours drive away. Erica and her mum drove down on Friday since she had the day off (At The Border Storage is only open on the weekend one day per month), picked up the 3 packages at a cost of $5 each, and drove them home. The only additional charge she encountered at the border was to pay 5% GST since we live in Alberta. Shipping from Aquarium Co-Op to Montana was free since the order value was over $75. There was no real fuss, the tracking numbers worked well, and I used Facebook Messenger notifications to keep in touch with shipping the whole way (thanks to Allie and her team in shipping at Aquarium Co-Op!). Summary - So Is The Fluval 3.0 Plant LED Aquarium Light Worth It? Should I Be Worried That #fluvalstrippin? In my mind, the 3.0 is absolutely worth the money they're asking for it...this is definitely a good bang for your buck. The light itself is incredibly well built, waterproof, customizable to the degree I need it to be, uses modern tech, and is priced competitively.  All in all, I'd highly suggest going over the Aquarium Co-Op and picking up a Fluval 3.0 or two (or three as we did). Drop me a note in the comments if you do!   Fluval Plant 3.0 LED show-yes https://www.aquariumcoop.com/products/fluval-plant-3-0-led-light?ref=6 show-yes $134.99 3/18/2019 show-no Link to Flip Aquatics with affiliate link Show Flip Aquatics price (show-yes or show-no) Flip Aquatics price When price last updated show-no Link to Amazon from site stripe shopify_CA_543060164665 7046162808889 new 0.00 CAD in stock http://cdn.shopify.com/s/assets/no-image-2048-5e88c1b20e087fb7bbe9a3771824e743c244f437e4f8ba93bbf7b11b53f7824c_grande.gif Aquarium Co-Op LED Light Ziss Bubble Bio ZB-300 Bubble Moving Media Filter: Product Review https://arcticlightsaquatics.com/products/ziss-bubble-bio-zb-300-bubble-moving-media-filter-product-review Ziss Bubble Bio ZB-300 Bubble Moving Media Filter: Product Review Although cleaning your filter can be something that's fun to do on a lazy Sunday morning when you're feeling relaxed and have the time, dealing with a clogged filter late on Thursday night when you want to be in bed can be the last thing you want to deal with. As a result, why not choose filters that are a bit more forgiving when it comes to maintenance? Enter the Ziss ZB-300 Bubble Bio filter. As one of (if not the) first examples of a commercially available "fluidized bed filter", the Bubble Bio filter is a largely self-cleaning biological powerhouse. With media tumbling over itself continuously knocking off debris and an easy-to-clean, fry safe intake filter, it's going to be hard to beat for both low and high bioload tanks. It's perfect for aquariums up to 40 gallons on its own or as part of a complete filter system for much larger tanks. The ZB-300 can be purchased right now from Aquarium CoOp in the US , Aquarium Direct in Canada , and (if you don't mind waiting forever and paying quite a bit more) worldwide from Ebay . Ziss ZB-300 Bubble Bio Filter show-yes https://www.aquariumcoop.com/products/ziss-bubble-bio-moving-bed-filter?ref=6 show-yes $29.99 12/11/2018 show-no Link to Flip Aquatics with affiliate link Show Flip Aquatics price (show-yes or show-no) Flip Aquatics price When price last updated show-no Link to Amazon from site stripe Come take a look to see if it's right for your tanks! Your browser does not support the video tag. Here's an example of how I'm using our first test filter. It's being used along with sponge filters in a 75 gallon aquarium containing a breeding trio of ryukins. Why Would I Consider Using the ZB-300? As I said in the intro, the main advantage of the Ziss Bubble Bio filter is that it should require less maintenance than other types of aquarium filters in the same size. In addition, knowing when you need to do maintenance is easy since you'll see the media start to slow down as the intake sponge filter starts to clog. Ideally you'll clean it before that point, but life gets busy for the best of us sometimes! For me personally, I'm a goldfish breeder and am used to managing high bioloads in breeder tanks. Since goldfish spawns are so large and it takes a while to figure out which fish are the real keepers, I end up keeping tanks that are more heavily stocked than most hobby keepers would want to manage. As a result, the Ziss Bubble Bio filter is a particularly interesting option on account of it being easy to maintain and capable of handing an intense biological load. Ammonia spikes in grow out tanks aren't something I can tolerate since they affect the health of fish during critical growth times, and given our little ones have food in front of them almost 24/7 that's a real risk. This is also still a good choice for planted tanks like my oto breeding setup as well however, since it helps to keep the water oxygenated and handles the low bioload there with ease. So far, so good! Why Is The ZB-300 A Big Deal? There's a fair amount of hype around the ZB-300 filter right now compliments of some fairly innocent comments by Cory from Aquarium CoOp: Cory had to make an entire video on the ZB-300 after a few small posts on Facebook started the internet on fire (lol) Is the ZB-300 really something to get that excited about though? Personally, I'm clearly curious enough to try one, but not yet excited enough to tear out all the filters in my fish room to replace them with these guys. This is partially because they're a good chunk more expensive than the $10 sponge filters I normally use, and partially because my tanks need a lot of mechanical filtration to remove suspended debris floating in the water (read: goldfish poop). If I was in the market for a filter for a filter for a planted tank or a community tank, however, this filter would be on my short list. As I gain experience with it I may still end up using more of them, so stay tuned for updates based on long-term use. Either way, the ZB-300 is particularly  remarkable because it's the first time fluidized bed filters have been adapted for small to medium tanks for non-DIYers (for people who buy filters rather than make them) What Is a A Fluidized Bed Filter? A fluidized bed filter is one where a bed of media is kept in constant motion by either water or (as in our case) air. This presents a number of advantages over a filter where the media is sitting still, including: being in constant movement, the media is always bumping against itself. This knocks off debris, and keeps it clean and available for filter bacteria to grow on. by being in constant motion, there are no "blocked" surfaces that water flow (and therefore ammonia and other waste products) can't get to. This means that all surfaces of the media are used fully with ample food and a steady stream of air from the bubbler system, bacteria have an ideal environment in which to grow. As a result, some people have reported that this style of filter cycles quicker than other filters might unlike something like a trickle tower, the media stays perpetually wet. In the event of a loss of power the media may pack down temporarily, but it should never dry out in an ideal world. Since they get a lot of effectiveness out of every ounce of media they contain, these filters can provide a lot of biological filtration capacity (ability to convert ammonia to nitrite and then nitrate). As a result, they're likely to provide more bio filtration benefit compared to other filters of the same physical size (most people say this version is good up to about a normally-stocked 40 gallon aquarium). These are also amazing filters for breeder tanks, where rapidly growing fish are accompanied by rapidly growing waste levels. More than a lot of other styles of filter, these fluidized bed filters should be able to keep pace with changing waste levels with relative ease. This means no potential growth is lost to ammonia or nitrite buildup. The ZB-300 even packs on an intake filter to protect baby fish and those with long fins against damage from the filter intake. What Maintenance Should A ZB-300 Require? Unlike other filters where the media requires constant flushing with used tank water during water changes, the swirling media beads in this filter should never require cleaning under normal use. To protect the media (though it doesn't really need it), keep fish and small fry out,  and mainly to provide SOME element of mechanical filtration, the filter also comes with an intake sponge located on the lower end cap of the filter. During each water change that sponge should be removed and rinsed. A quarter turn twist of the cap removes it, and it can be cleaned with no danger of the fluidized media spilling out from the inside due to it being contained in another chamber. The sponge is made of decent material, and seems well suited to the job. It's nice and coarse (has large pores) so it doesn't clog too quickly, but is still capable of polishing the water to a usable degree. When servicing the sponge, take a large ziplock bag, submerge it in water, and wrap it over the lower part of the filter before removing the sponge cap. This will help to contain the debris which will be released when you twist off the cap. If you keep the air running until right before you twist the cap off, you'll make sure that only a minimum of debris ends up escaping back into the tank. Even if you're not perfect in containing that debris, rest assured any cloudiness in the water will clear up very quickly after putting the filter back into operation. With heavy bioloads like goldfish provide, the sponge needs cleaning each week in order to prevent the sponge from clogging. In a community or planted tank it may be possible to extend the period between cleanings. In either case, make sure to clean the sponge before the media stops moving properly. The media window allows you to easily see this as it happens, so there shouldn't really be a reason to ever end up with an issue. What About Build Quality? Build quality on this unit is really very good, which makes up a huge reason for why it stands head and shoulders over a DIY pop bottle version. DIY pop bottleversions of these filters are definitely effective, but can sort of look like you dropped some trash in your aquarium The plastic used on the housing is solid and heavy-duty, and should be thick enough to hold up to wear for years. Pop bottle versions can actually wear through and fail in that time, which requires you to make new housings (admittedly not a big deal, but it never happens when you actually have time to make a new filter). The black plastic housing of the ZB-300 blends in to the black painted aquarium backgrounds that a lot of aquarists favor to make fish colours pop, and the semi-transparent window allows you to see media movement without being too obvious about it. The window even comes already tinted in an "algae friendly" color, which while not super attractive when clean, blends in well later on as the aquarium matures. The top cap of the ZB-300 removes with a pop by using a little rocking action and some effort, and allows access to the media chamber. The filter comes complete with Ziss ZM-1 micro moving media. This material was custom designed and made by Ziss, and is reported to fluidize better than the usual Kaldness K1 micro media DIYers have used for years. Some people have even experimented with replacing the media with Biohome or other options, but I haven't found any reports on whether that works any better than the standard ZM-1. The cap itself has "bubble groves" molded into it that gather and guide the air bubbles from the lower section of the case and shuttle them out into the aquarium. They're a neat feature, and helps prevent air buildup within the cap itself. Moving down the case we find a solid air intake tube which links the filter to an air pump that you supply. I'll touch on what air pumps work best in the next section, but suffice to say the connection is solid and should hold up to years of use. The suction cups on any device that relies on them can be a real point of frustration for a lot of people if they're not of decent quality. I have many heaters which no longer reliably stick to their walls, for example, and so I inist on only the best if I'm forced to use something that relies on suction cups now. I'm happy to say that the suction cups on the ZB-300 are very good, and though I intentionally didn't even bother to clean the glass of my test aquarium to really put them through the ringer, they grabbed tenaciously and it takes a lot of effort to make them let go. They unfortunately don't have the little helper tabs some suction cups come with which make removing them easier after they grab, but those tabs always seem to end up in the wrong spot when you need them so not having them isn't really much of a loss. As an added point in favor of purchasing through Aquarium CoO p, Cory has commented that he will replace any suction cups that don't hold up properly to use, and he stocks a regular supply. If you were debating on ordering from him vs eBay, this is another point in favor (plus shipping speeds from Aquarium CoOp are basically impossible to beat). You should never need the replacements from what I can tell, but it's nice to know the option is there. Lastly, the lower section of the ZB-300 filter is another exercise in both quality and attention to detail. It contains both the removable cap and sponge filter as well as a basic air diffuser. The removable lower sponge cap twists on and off with only a small rotation, and the lock and cap are both solid units. The built in diffuser is very neat, and is basically a very coarse version of similar items you might see that are intended for dispersing CO2 into a planted aquarium. The advantage provided by including the little puck diffuser is that it provides a wider "spray" of air bubbles compared to what a simple tube might allow. That wider bubble spray causes the media to start moving quicker and stay in motion longer on a smaller amount of air, limiting the power required to operate the filter. All in all, the ZB-300 is a solid little unit. What Air Pump Does It Require? Although when you first hook the filter up to an air pump and try to get the media to move it may seem like it's going to require a lot of air to do so, once the media has been submerged and seeded for a few hours, the air flow required by the filter is actually very moderate. As a result, it should match well with any medium output hobby pump. In terms of what that might mean, my favorite hobby pump right now is the Fluval Q2: Fluval Q2 Air Pump show-no Link to Aquarium Coop page with affiliate link Show Aquarium Coop Price (show-yes or show-no) Aquarium Coop price When price last updated show-no Link to Flip Aquatics with affiliate link Show Flip Aquatics price (show-yes or show-no) Flip Aquatics price When price last updated show-yes https://www.amazon.com/Fluval-A852-Q2-Air-Pump/dp/B005JFCAKE/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&qid=1544709766&sr=8-1&keywords=fluval+q2&th=1&linkCode=ll1&tag=goldfishcan00-20&linkId=08d3ff4905b76ba0259e0c51ebaa79a3&language=en_US It's only a few dollars more than its smaller cousins the Q1 and Q0.5, and puts out more air in return. The main advantage of the Q2 is that the output is adjustable, which is really nice for this filter. Being able to adjust the pump for the minimum flow required to keep the media moving helps to minimize the noise this filter creates, which can be a concern for some people. The smaller pumps will likely run the filter just fine (especially for smaller, shallower tanks), but don't have the same adjustability. You can just throttle the air flow with the included air valve, but that creates back pressure on the pump and can reduce the life of diaphragm type pumps (which most small hobby pumps are). A much better plan than relying on the filter air valve is to have a pump which has it's own adjustability built in, since the pump will be designed to be throttled properly that way. How Big Of An Aquarium Can the Ziss Bubble Bio Filter Handle? Like with any other filter capacity spec, how big of an aquarium the ZB-300 can handle is a little bit of a loaded question. If you plan to lightly stock your tanks with a small group of community fish and lots of plants, you're probably going to be more limited by the filter's ability to circulate water than by how much filter bacteria it can grow. For heavily stocked tanks (ie goldfish tanks), you'll probably eventually get to the point where the biological capacity of filter (how much ammonia it can process) limits things before circulation does. All that said, this filter should be good to about a decently stocked 40 breeder sized tank if used as the only filter in the aquarium. The box media claims it's good to 300L (80 US gals), but I would think that might be pushing things if your stocking level is high. Used in concert with another filter like a sponge, canister or hang on back, you can go much larger with good results. In terms of physical size, remember that the filter itself is 10" tall and is designed to be mounted vertically. That means any aquarium in the 12" tall or smaller range will be a poor choice to use this filter with, and eliminates 5, 10, and 20 gallon long tanks. 20 gallon high and larger tanks will do fine. I've personally used this filter so far as the only unit in a lightly stocked 65 gallon planted tank, and on a heavily stocked 75 gallon goldfish tank alongside sponge filters for additional mechanical and biological filtration. Both setups have done well. Is The ZB-300 Shrimp and Fry Safe? It should be; at least for all but the most sensitive fry. The most important part of making a filter safe for fry is to ensure that they can't be sucked into an intake or motor. The ZB-300 has no motor, and has an intake sponge filter that's appropriately designed to keep most fry out. The filter might not be the best choice for breeding fish that build bubble nests just because the surface disruption it creates would affect the nest, and fish that have super tiny fry might conceivably manage to get through or stuck in the foam, but for 99% of breeding operations it should be a decent choice. What Are The Downsides to The ZB-300? While the ZB-300 would make a great filter for a large number of different types of setups, it's certainly not perfect nor a perfect choice for every tank. Here are some considerations you should be aware of before committing to a potential purchase. "Noise" The number one complaint I hear from new owners of this filter is that they're "extremely" noisy. I suspect that some of these folks have just never used air powered filters before, but it's worth taking a closer look at the noise issue just be clear. First off, the noise produced by bubbles bursting on the surface is almost impossible to completely eliminate. This is true for bubbles regardless of the source, so any complaints in that line of thinking would equally apply to sponge filters, box filters, air stones, bubble curtains, and anything else that creates a bubble stream. As a result, if you need an absolutely silent filter for a bedroom or entertainment room, something like a canister filter might be a better option (here's a link to my complete guide to filter choices  if you need more ideas). If you want to keep this filter and make it as silent as possible, one clever user reported that it was much quieter if the outlet at the top of the filter was kept above the water surface (so the bubbles burst inside the filter rather than outside of it). That said, I think the problem most people are encountering when using this filter is that they're feeding it too much air in an attempt to get the media moving quickly. The huge stream of air creates a lot of noise, and isn't actually required to operate the filter correctly. When you first connect the filter to your air pump, you might be tempted to really blast the air stream to get things moving. Doing so won't really hurt anything, but using a slower air flow just requires a little patience (about a day) to result in gentle swirling of the media. Especially once the media is moving, very little air is actually required to keep the media moving. Since the smaller the air stream is the less noise it creates, those that want to create as little noise as possible might want to look to see if they're over-driving their filters in burst of initial excitement. The media in the ZB-300 doesn't actually need to be bouncing around like ping pong balls in a dryer, but rather just needs to be evenly moving to ensure that it stays clean and aerated. Faster bubble rates will cause more circulation and draw more water through the filter (creates a quicker turnover rate), but aren't strictly required to make the filter operate properly. Compared to other air filters like sponge filters and box filters with airstones the bubble size the ZB-300 emits is a little on the large side. Since bigger bubbles tend to be louder when they burst, this may be a source of the complaints about noise. Since the filter actually requires less air overall then some of those other options however (I run mine on less air flow than my sponges for example), I don't personally notice much difference in noise between this and a sponge filter. Cost Cost is a consideration in any purchase, and this filter fits into a little bit of an odd spot in the market. Compared to power filters like canisters and hang on backs of about the same capacity or "size rating", it's certainly not expensive. Compared to air powered filters of similar capacity, however, it's a fair bit more (~$30 from most sources vs ~$10 for a box or sponge filter). That said, the build quality is absolutely outstanding, and biological filter capacity is potentially far greater (for a proportionate loss of mechanical filtration capacity). It's just the reality of a small-batch made in Korea product pitted against huge-batch made in China competitors. Personally, I find the ZB-300 a decent choice for someone with a few display or special needs tanks.The cost shouldn't be an issue if you only have a handful of aquariums in your collection, but it might be a bit of a budget stretcher if you're outfitting an entire fish room with them. One Size Fits Some Since the filter is 10" tall and can't really be installed at much of angle while still being able to function properly, this limits the range of tanks which can use the ZB-300. Most 5 gallon and 10 gallon tanks are going to be a little too short as a result, as are 20 gallon long aquariums. 20 gallon high and larger tanks should have no issue. How Much Does Your Water Level Drop During Water Changes? It's also worth considering that, even if the filter fits when the aquarium is full, if you do large water changes you'll have to be careful about not leaving it to dry out when the tank is drained. A short period of exposure will probably be okay, but letting the media dry out will mean you need to start cycling the aquarium again. If you size your aquarium so that the filter isn't exposed even at low water level (or you use a continuous drip system that doesn't change the water level) then this isn't an issue. It's Not Exactly Small Related to the above, at 10" tall and 3" wide the filter isn't exactly compact. As a result, a large rock, piece of wood, or a mature sword plant is going to be required if you don't like to be able to see your filter. Even a moderately sized sponge filter hides away easier than this guy. Not Everyone Is Down With Booger Yellow Although most people will agree that crystal clear hoses and lily pipes look lovely when clean, not everyone has the patience to keep them clean. Clear pipes full of algae on the other hand (the usual result of a missed scrub or two) don't look nearly so nice. As a result of this reality of human behavior, Ziss decided on the not-exactly-lovely yellow tint for the transparent media window on the finished ZB-300 product. It blends in to most aquariums that have even a touch of algae, and doesn't really change color much if the owner of said aquarium decides to leave it alone for a while. Although not my favorite color in the world, I can at least respect the choice of yellow. Smoked black plastic might have been a better option in my book, but I can live with the yellow myself. Your mileage may vary. Planted Tanks And CO2 Some people will object to the use of this filter in a planted tank that uses CO2 injection out of fear that it will help to off-gas the CO2 . Personally, I think it's a bit of a non-issue. First off, I've spoken to a number of respected folks in the planted tank community (specifically Tom Barr and Cory McElroy) and neither sees any real issue with air options and planted tanks. Yes, it will require a very tiny addition of extra CO2 to offset the potential loss, but it also helps to assure that proper oxygen levels are maintained.  CO 2 is very inexpensive, so going to great lengths to conserve it is pretty silly. Air powered filters likewise help to maintain oxygen level and off gas CO2 PRODUCED by plants (and fish) overnight when they aren't photosynthesizing, so particularly if you don't turn your CO2 off overnight, this is can actually be a good thing. That said, if you're paranoid about this issue, be aware that (like anything that creates bubbles) that may require you to very slightly adjust your CO2 flow. It'll benefit you in a number of other ways as mentioned above, but I thought I should at least mention this consideration. Don't Try to Use A Hammer To Drive In Screws Fluidized bed filters excel is providing exceptional biological filtration. What this means is that they're extremely efficient in converting ammonia produced by your aquarium into nitrite, and then to nitrate. Where they're not as ideal is if your application requires a lot of mechanical (debris removal) or chemical (the ability to run Purigen or activated carbon easily) filtration. The ZB-300 does have a sponge to provide some mechanical filtration, but it's not particularly large and is coarse to avoid needing constant maintenance. As a result, if you need either of those other types of filtration, you may be better off running a different filter or having something like a box filter on hand to use. Lee's Triple Flow Corner Box Filter show-no Link to Aquarium Coop page with affiliate link Show Aquarium Coop Price (show-yes or show-no) Aquarium Coop price When price last updated show-no Link to Flip Aquatics with affiliate link Show Flip Aquatics price (show-yes or show-no) Flip Aquatics price When price last updated show-yes https://www.amazon.com/Lees-Triple-Flow-Corner-Filter-Large/dp/B0002APX0U/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&qid=1544796650&sr=8-7&keywords=box+filter&linkCode=ll1&tag=goldfishcan00-20&linkId=3c8b6d899a015ff6d7f8d2c9225c3a8b&language=en_US Box filters aren't particularly attractive, but they're cheap, simple, and will run off the same air pump as the ZB-300 if you buy one that's powerful enough (the Fluval Q2 mentioned earlier will be fine). If it's a temporary use (carbon to remove medication, for example), then the appearance of a box filter is a limited inconvenience. If you don't mind the appearance of the box filter (they're easy to keep clean since you can see when they're getting dirty), then they make an amazing choice for polishing your water to crystal clear clarity or for keeping fry tanks clean. In concert with a ZB-300 you'd have all your filtration bases covered.  Maybe Not the Best Choice If Power Is Sketchy in Your Area If your area is prone to having extended power outages, a fluidized bed filter like the ZB-300 might not be the best option (go with something like a sponge filter). After power losses you'll want to be sure that the media starts circulating again. Particularly if you're running the filter on low air flow to keep it quiet, you'll want to give it quick check when the power comes back. If the media doesn't stay in motion, it can pack down and cause bacteria loses as it starves for oxygen. This is also worth considering if you're going to be rescaping a tank and will have the tank drained for a number of hours. In that case, it would be worth running the filter inside a bucket of water or the like so that the media stays oxygenated and swirling. Can't I Just Make My Own Fluidized Bed Filter? Absolutely! If you don't mind the slightly "functional" look of an old pop bottle in your aquarium, they're quite straightforward to make. You'll get most of the benefits at some cost in ease of cleaning and appearance. Here's a great video by AquaPros on how to make your own fluidized bed filter. You could even buy and use the media that the ZB-300 runs if you'd like. What Are Other People Saying About The ZB-300? If you're looking for a few other opinions on what people are thinking of the ZB-300, check out the following YouTube videos. As linked earlier, here's Cory from Aquarium CoOp's review of the ZB-300 A review of the ZB-300 by Weldon Aquatics Bob Steenfott's epically cinematic take on a ZB-300 review Conclusion - Is The Ziss ZB-300 Bubble Bio Filter Worth Buying? Personally, I have zero regrets so far buying this filter. It's solidly built, does the job it's designed to do, and is available at a reasonable price.  I'm giving it a 4 out of 5 stars just because of the price. It's not a huge amount of money, but within its bracket (air powered filters) it's on the top end of cost. If I only had a few tanks to filter, those tanks were particularly sensitive, or I needed super low maintenance option this would be a solid choice. Since I run a number of tanks at home however, the $30 price tag puts it solidly above that of the $10 sponge filters I normally run in most tanks. As a result, though I'll continue to use the ZB-300 and may even pick up another couple later on, I probably won't be converting all my tanks over anytime soon. That said, if you want a great filter that not only works well but is a bit of a conversation starter for your friends, the Ziss ZB-300 is tough to beat! 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As a result, why not choose filters that are a bit more forgiving when it comes to maintenance? Enter the Ziss ZB-300 Bubble Bio filter. As one of (if not the) first examples of a commercially available "fluidized bed filter", the Bubble Bio filter is a largely self-cleaning biological powerhouse. With media tumbling over itself continuously knocking off debris and an easy-to-clean, fry safe intake filter, it's going to be hard to beat for both low and high bioload tanks. It's perfect for aquariums up to 40 gallons on its own or as part of a complete filter system for much larger tanks. The ZB-300 can be purchased right now from Aquarium CoOp in the US , Aquarium Direct in Canada , and (if you don't mind waiting forever and paying quite a bit more) worldwide from Ebay . Ziss ZB-300 Bubble Bio Filter show-yes https://www.aquariumcoop.com/products/ziss-bubble-bio-moving-bed-filter?ref=6 show-yes $29.99 12/11/2018 show-no Link to Flip Aquatics with affiliate link Show Flip Aquatics price (show-yes or show-no) Flip Aquatics price When price last updated show-no Link to Amazon from site stripe Come take a look to see if it's right for your tanks! Your browser does not support the video tag. Here's an example of how I'm using our first test filter. It's being used along with sponge filters in a 75 gallon aquarium containing a breeding trio of ryukins. Why Would I Consider Using the ZB-300? As I said in the intro, the main advantage of the Ziss Bubble Bio filter is that it should require less maintenance than other types of aquarium filters in the same size. In addition, knowing when you need to do maintenance is easy since you'll see the media start to slow down as the intake sponge filter starts to clog. Ideally you'll clean it before that point, but life gets busy for the best of us sometimes! For me personally, I'm a goldfish breeder and am used to managing high bioloads in breeder tanks. Since goldfish spawns are so large and it takes a while to figure out which fish are the real keepers, I end up keeping tanks that are more heavily stocked than most hobby keepers would want to manage. As a result, the Ziss Bubble Bio filter is a particularly interesting option on account of it being easy to maintain and capable of handing an intense biological load. Ammonia spikes in grow out tanks aren't something I can tolerate since they affect the health of fish during critical growth times, and given our little ones have food in front of them almost 24/7 that's a real risk. This is also still a good choice for planted tanks like my oto breeding setup as well however, since it helps to keep the water oxygenated and handles the low bioload there with ease. So far, so good! Why Is The ZB-300 A Big Deal? There's a fair amount of hype around the ZB-300 filter right now compliments of some fairly innocent comments by Cory from Aquarium CoOp: Cory had to make an entire video on the ZB-300 after a few small posts on Facebook started the internet on fire (lol) Is the ZB-300 really something to get that excited about though? Personally, I'm clearly curious enough to try one, but not yet excited enough to tear out all the filters in my fish room to replace them with these guys. This is partially because they're a good chunk more expensive than the $10 sponge filters I normally use, and partially because my tanks need a lot of mechanical filtration to remove suspended debris floating in the water (read: goldfish poop). If I was in the market for a filter for a filter for a planted tank or a community tank, however, this filter would be on my short list. As I gain experience with it I may still end up using more of them, so stay tuned for updates based on long-term use. Either way, the ZB-300 is particularly  remarkable because it's the first time fluidized bed filters have been adapted for small to medium tanks for non-DIYers (for people who buy filters rather than make them) What Is a A Fluidized Bed Filter? A fluidized bed filter is one where a bed of media is kept in constant motion by either water or (as in our case) air. This presents a number of advantages over a filter where the media is sitting still, including: being in constant movement, the media is always bumping against itself. This knocks off debris, and keeps it clean and available for filter bacteria to grow on. by being in constant motion, there are no "blocked" surfaces that water flow (and therefore ammonia and other waste products) can't get to. This means that all surfaces of the media are used fully with ample food and a steady stream of air from the bubbler system, bacteria have an ideal environment in which to grow. As a result, some people have reported that this style of filter cycles quicker than other filters might unlike something like a trickle tower, the media stays perpetually wet. In the event of a loss of power the media may pack down temporarily, but it should never dry out in an ideal world. Since they get a lot of effectiveness out of every ounce of media they contain, these filters can provide a lot of biological filtration capacity (ability to convert ammonia to nitrite and then nitrate). As a result, they're likely to provide more bio filtration benefit compared to other filters of the same physical size (most people say this version is good up to about a normally-stocked 40 gallon aquarium). These are also amazing filters for breeder tanks, where rapidly growing fish are accompanied by rapidly growing waste levels. More than a lot of other styles of filter, these fluidized bed filters should be able to keep pace with changing waste levels with relative ease. This means no potential growth is lost to ammonia or nitrite buildup. The ZB-300 even packs on an intake filter to protect baby fish and those with long fins against damage from the filter intake. What Maintenance Should A ZB-300 Require? Unlike other filters where the media requires constant flushing with used tank water during water changes, the swirling media beads in this filter should never require cleaning under normal use. To protect the media (though it doesn't really need it), keep fish and small fry out,  and mainly to provide SOME element of mechanical filtration, the filter also comes with an intake sponge located on the lower end cap of the filter. During each water change that sponge should be removed and rinsed. A quarter turn twist of the cap removes it, and it can be cleaned with no danger of the fluidized media spilling out from the inside due to it being contained in another chamber. The sponge is made of decent material, and seems well suited to the job. It's nice and coarse (has large pores) so it doesn't clog too quickly, but is still capable of polishing the water to a usable degree. When servicing the sponge, take a large ziplock bag, submerge it in water, and wrap it over the lower part of the filter before removing the sponge cap. This will help to contain the debris which will be released when you twist off the cap. If you keep the air running until right before you twist the cap off, you'll make sure that only a minimum of debris ends up escaping back into the tank. Even if you're not perfect in containing that debris, rest assured any cloudiness in the water will clear up very quickly after putting the filter back into operation. With heavy bioloads like goldfish provide, the sponge needs cleaning each week in order to prevent the sponge from clogging. In a community or planted tank it may be possible to extend the period between cleanings. In either case, make sure to clean the sponge before the media stops moving properly. The media window allows you to easily see this as it happens, so there shouldn't really be a reason to ever end up with an issue. What About Build Quality? Build quality on this unit is really very good, which makes up a huge reason for why it stands head and shoulders over a DIY pop bottle version. DIY pop bottleversions of these filters are definitely effective, but can sort of look like you dropped some trash in your aquarium The plastic used on the housing is solid and heavy-duty, and should be thick enough to hold up to wear for years. Pop bottle versions can actually wear through and fail in that time, which requires you to make new housings (admittedly not a big deal, but it never happens when you actually have time to make a new filter). The black plastic housing of the ZB-300 blends in to the black painted aquarium backgrounds that a lot of aquarists favor to make fish colours pop, and the semi-transparent window allows you to see media movement without being too obvious about it. The window even comes already tinted in an "algae friendly" color, which while not super attractive when clean, blends in well later on as the aquarium matures. The top cap of the ZB-300 removes with a pop by using a little rocking action and some effort, and allows access to the media chamber. The filter comes complete with Ziss ZM-1 micro moving media. This material was custom designed and made by Ziss, and is reported to fluidize better than the usual Kaldness K1 micro media DIYers have used for years. Some people have even experimented with replacing the media with Biohome or other options, but I haven't found any reports on whether that works any better than the standard ZM-1. The cap itself has "bubble groves" molded into it that gather and guide the air bubbles from the lower section of the case and shuttle them out into the aquarium. They're a neat feature, and helps prevent air buildup within the cap itself. Moving down the case we find a solid air intake tube which links the filter to an air pump that you supply. I'll touch on what air pumps work best in the next section, but suffice to say the connection is solid and should hold up to years of use. The suction cups on any device that relies on them can be a real point of frustration for a lot of people if they're not of decent quality. I have many heaters which no longer reliably stick to their walls, for example, and so I inist on only the best if I'm forced to use something that relies on suction cups now. I'm happy to say that the suction cups on the ZB-300 are very good, and though I intentionally didn't even bother to clean the glass of my test aquarium to really put them through the ringer, they grabbed tenaciously and it takes a lot of effort to make them let go. They unfortunately don't have the little helper tabs some suction cups come with which make removing them easier after they grab, but those tabs always seem to end up in the wrong spot when you need them so not having them isn't really much of a loss. As an added point in favor of purchasing through Aquarium CoO p, Cory has commented that he will replace any suction cups that don't hold up properly to use, and he stocks a regular supply. If you were debating on ordering from him vs eBay, this is another point in favor (plus shipping speeds from Aquarium CoOp are basically impossible to beat). You should never need the replacements from what I can tell, but it's nice to know the option is there. Lastly, the lower section of the ZB-300 filter is another exercise in both quality and attention to detail. It contains both the removable cap and sponge filter as well as a basic air diffuser. The removable lower sponge cap twists on and off with only a small rotation, and the lock and cap are both solid units. The built in diffuser is very neat, and is basically a very coarse version of similar items you might see that are intended for dispersing CO2 into a planted aquarium. The advantage provided by including the little puck diffuser is that it provides a wider "spray" of air bubbles compared to what a simple tube might allow. That wider bubble spray causes the media to start moving quicker and stay in motion longer on a smaller amount of air, limiting the power required to operate the filter. All in all, the ZB-300 is a solid little unit. What Air Pump Does It Require? Although when you first hook the filter up to an air pump and try to get the media to move it may seem like it's going to require a lot of air to do so, once the media has been submerged and seeded for a few hours, the air flow required by the filter is actually very moderate. As a result, it should match well with any medium output hobby pump. In terms of what that might mean, my favorite hobby pump right now is the Fluval Q2: Fluval Q2 Air Pump show-no Link to Aquarium Coop page with affiliate link Show Aquarium Coop Price (show-yes or show-no) Aquarium Coop price When price last updated show-no Link to Flip Aquatics with affiliate link Show Flip Aquatics price (show-yes or show-no) Flip Aquatics price When price last updated show-yes https://www.amazon.com/Fluval-A852-Q2-Air-Pump/dp/B005JFCAKE/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&qid=1544709766&sr=8-1&keywords=fluval+q2&th=1&linkCode=ll1&tag=goldfishcan00-20&linkId=08d3ff4905b76ba0259e0c51ebaa79a3&language=en_US It's only a few dollars more than its smaller cousins the Q1 and Q0.5, and puts out more air in return. The main advantage of the Q2 is that the output is adjustable, which is really nice for this filter. Being able to adjust the pump for the minimum flow required to keep the media moving helps to minimize the noise this filter creates, which can be a concern for some people. The smaller pumps will likely run the filter just fine (especially for smaller, shallower tanks), but don't have the same adjustability. You can just throttle the air flow with the included air valve, but that creates back pressure on the pump and can reduce the life of diaphragm type pumps (which most small hobby pumps are). A much better plan than relying on the filter air valve is to have a pump which has it's own adjustability built in, since the pump will be designed to be throttled properly that way. How Big Of An Aquarium Can the Ziss Bubble Bio Filter Handle? Like with any other filter capacity spec, how big of an aquarium the ZB-300 can handle is a little bit of a loaded question. If you plan to lightly stock your tanks with a small group of community fish and lots of plants, you're probably going to be more limited by the filter's ability to circulate water than by how much filter bacteria it can grow. For heavily stocked tanks (ie goldfish tanks), you'll probably eventually get to the point where the biological capacity of filter (how much ammonia it can process) limits things before circulation does. All that said, this filter should be good to about a decently stocked 40 breeder sized tank if used as the only filter in the aquarium. The box media claims it's good to 300L (80 US gals), but I would think that might be pushing things if your stocking level is high. Used in concert with another filter like a sponge, canister or hang on back, you can go much larger with good results. In terms of physical size, remember that the filter itself is 10" tall and is designed to be mounted vertically. That means any aquarium in the 12" tall or smaller range will be a poor choice to use this filter with, and eliminates 5, 10, and 20 gallon long tanks. 20 gallon high and larger tanks will do fine. I've personally used this filter so far as the only unit in a lightly stocked 65 gallon planted tank, and on a heavily stocked 75 gallon goldfish tank alongside sponge filters for additional mechanical and biological filtration. Both setups have done well. Is The ZB-300 Shrimp and Fry Safe? It should be; at least for all but the most sensitive fry. The most important part of making a filter safe for fry is to ensure that they can't be sucked into an intake or motor. The ZB-300 has no motor, and has an intake sponge filter that's appropriately designed to keep most fry out. The filter might not be the best choice for breeding fish that build bubble nests just because the surface disruption it creates would affect the nest, and fish that have super tiny fry might conceivably manage to get through or stuck in the foam, but for 99% of breeding operations it should be a decent choice. What Are The Downsides to The ZB-300? While the ZB-300 would make a great filter for a large number of different types of setups, it's certainly not perfect nor a perfect choice for every tank. Here are some considerations you should be aware of before committing to a potential purchase. "Noise" The number one complaint I hear from new owners of this filter is that they're "extremely" noisy. I suspect that some of these folks have just never used air powered filters before, but it's worth taking a closer look at the noise issue just be clear. First off, the noise produced by bubbles bursting on the surface is almost impossible to completely eliminate. This is true for bubbles regardless of the source, so any complaints in that line of thinking would equally apply to sponge filters, box filters, air stones, bubble curtains, and anything else that creates a bubble stream. As a result, if you need an absolutely silent filter for a bedroom or entertainment room, something like a canister filter might be a better option (here's a link to my complete guide to filter choices  if you need more ideas). If you want to keep this filter and make it as silent as possible, one clever user reported that it was much quieter if the outlet at the top of the filter was kept above the water surface (so the bubbles burst inside the filter rather than outside of it). That said, I think the problem most people are encountering when using this filter is that they're feeding it too much air in an attempt to get the media moving quickly. The huge stream of air creates a lot of noise, and isn't actually required to operate the filter correctly. When you first connect the filter to your air pump, you might be tempted to really blast the air stream to get things moving. Doing so won't really hurt anything, but using a slower air flow just requires a little patience (about a day) to result in gentle swirling of the media. Especially once the media is moving, very little air is actually required to keep the media moving. Since the smaller the air stream is the less noise it creates, those that want to create as little noise as possible might want to look to see if they're over-driving their filters in burst of initial excitement. The media in the ZB-300 doesn't actually need to be bouncing around like ping pong balls in a dryer, but rather just needs to be evenly moving to ensure that it stays clean and aerated. Faster bubble rates will cause more circulation and draw more water through the filter (creates a quicker turnover rate), but aren't strictly required to make the filter operate properly. Compared to other air filters like sponge filters and box filters with airstones the bubble size the ZB-300 emits is a little on the large side. Since bigger bubbles tend to be louder when they burst, this may be a source of the complaints about noise. Since the filter actually requires less air overall then some of those other options however (I run mine on less air flow than my sponges for example), I don't personally notice much difference in noise between this and a sponge filter. Cost Cost is a consideration in any purchase, and this filter fits into a little bit of an odd spot in the market. Compared to power filters like canisters and hang on backs of about the same capacity or "size rating", it's certainly not expensive. Compared to air powered filters of similar capacity, however, it's a fair bit more (~$30 from most sources vs ~$10 for a box or sponge filter). That said, the build quality is absolutely outstanding, and biological filter capacity is potentially far greater (for a proportionate loss of mechanical filtration capacity). It's just the reality of a small-batch made in Korea product pitted against huge-batch made in China competitors. Personally, I find the ZB-300 a decent choice for someone with a few display or special needs tanks.The cost shouldn't be an issue if you only have a handful of aquariums in your collection, but it might be a bit of a budget stretcher if you're outfitting an entire fish room with them. One Size Fits Some Since the filter is 10" tall and can't really be installed at much of angle while still being able to function properly, this limits the range of tanks which can use the ZB-300. Most 5 gallon and 10 gallon tanks are going to be a little too short as a result, as are 20 gallon long aquariums. 20 gallon high and larger tanks should have no issue. How Much Does Your Water Level Drop During Water Changes? It's also worth considering that, even if the filter fits when the aquarium is full, if you do large water changes you'll have to be careful about not leaving it to dry out when the tank is drained. A short period of exposure will probably be okay, but letting the media dry out will mean you need to start cycling the aquarium again. If you size your aquarium so that the filter isn't exposed even at low water level (or you use a continuous drip system that doesn't change the water level) then this isn't an issue. It's Not Exactly Small Related to the above, at 10" tall and 3" wide the filter isn't exactly compact. As a result, a large rock, piece of wood, or a mature sword plant is going to be required if you don't like to be able to see your filter. Even a moderately sized sponge filter hides away easier than this guy. Not Everyone Is Down With Booger Yellow Although most people will agree that crystal clear hoses and lily pipes look lovely when clean, not everyone has the patience to keep them clean. Clear pipes full of algae on the other hand (the usual result of a missed scrub or two) don't look nearly so nice. As a result of this reality of human behavior, Ziss decided on the not-exactly-lovely yellow tint for the transparent media window on the finished ZB-300 product. It blends in to most aquariums that have even a touch of algae, and doesn't really change color much if the owner of said aquarium decides to leave it alone for a while. Although not my favorite color in the world, I can at least respect the choice of yellow. Smoked black plastic might have been a better option in my book, but I can live with the yellow myself. Your mileage may vary. Planted Tanks And CO2 Some people will object to the use of this filter in a planted tank that uses CO2 injection out of fear that it will help to off-gas the CO2 . Personally, I think it's a bit of a non-issue. First off, I've spoken to a number of respected folks in the planted tank community (specifically Tom Barr and Cory McElroy) and neither sees any real issue with air options and planted tanks. Yes, it will require a very tiny addition of extra CO2 to offset the potential loss, but it also helps to assure that proper oxygen levels are maintained.  CO 2 is very inexpensive, so going to great lengths to conserve it is pretty silly. Air powered filters likewise help to maintain oxygen level and off gas CO2 PRODUCED by plants (and fish) overnight when they aren't photosynthesizing, so particularly if you don't turn your CO2 off overnight, this is can actually be a good thing. That said, if you're paranoid about this issue, be aware that (like anything that creates bubbles) that may require you to very slightly adjust your CO2 flow. It'll benefit you in a number of other ways as mentioned above, but I thought I should at least mention this consideration. Don't Try to Use A Hammer To Drive In Screws Fluidized bed filters excel is providing exceptional biological filtration. What this means is that they're extremely efficient in converting ammonia produced by your aquarium into nitrite, and then to nitrate. Where they're not as ideal is if your application requires a lot of mechanical (debris removal) or chemical (the ability to run Purigen or activated carbon easily) filtration. The ZB-300 does have a sponge to provide some mechanical filtration, but it's not particularly large and is coarse to avoid needing constant maintenance. As a result, if you need either of those other types of filtration, you may be better off running a different filter or having something like a box filter on hand to use. Lee's Triple Flow Corner Box Filter show-no Link to Aquarium Coop page with affiliate link Show Aquarium Coop Price (show-yes or show-no) Aquarium Coop price When price last updated show-no Link to Flip Aquatics with affiliate link Show Flip Aquatics price (show-yes or show-no) Flip Aquatics price When price last updated show-yes https://www.amazon.com/Lees-Triple-Flow-Corner-Filter-Large/dp/B0002APX0U/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&qid=1544796650&sr=8-7&keywords=box+filter&linkCode=ll1&tag=goldfishcan00-20&linkId=3c8b6d899a015ff6d7f8d2c9225c3a8b&language=en_US Box filters aren't particularly attractive, but they're cheap, simple, and will run off the same air pump as the ZB-300 if you buy one that's powerful enough (the Fluval Q2 mentioned earlier will be fine). If it's a temporary use (carbon to remove medication, for example), then the appearance of a box filter is a limited inconvenience. If you don't mind the appearance of the box filter (they're easy to keep clean since you can see when they're getting dirty), then they make an amazing choice for polishing your water to crystal clear clarity or for keeping fry tanks clean. In concert with a ZB-300 you'd have all your filtration bases covered.  Maybe Not the Best Choice If Power Is Sketchy in Your Area If your area is prone to having extended power outages, a fluidized bed filter like the ZB-300 might not be the best option (go with something like a sponge filter). After power losses you'll want to be sure that the media starts circulating again. Particularly if you're running the filter on low air flow to keep it quiet, you'll want to give it quick check when the power comes back. If the media doesn't stay in motion, it can pack down and cause bacteria loses as it starves for oxygen. This is also worth considering if you're going to be rescaping a tank and will have the tank drained for a number of hours. In that case, it would be worth running the filter inside a bucket of water or the like so that the media stays oxygenated and swirling. Can't I Just Make My Own Fluidized Bed Filter? Absolutely! If you don't mind the slightly "functional" look of an old pop bottle in your aquarium, they're quite straightforward to make. You'll get most of the benefits at some cost in ease of cleaning and appearance. Here's a great video by AquaPros on how to make your own fluidized bed filter. You could even buy and use the media that the ZB-300 runs if you'd like. What Are Other People Saying About The ZB-300? If you're looking for a few other opinions on what people are thinking of the ZB-300, check out the following YouTube videos. As linked earlier, here's Cory from Aquarium CoOp's review of the ZB-300 A review of the ZB-300 by Weldon Aquatics Bob Steenfott's epically cinematic take on a ZB-300 review Conclusion - Is The Ziss ZB-300 Bubble Bio Filter Worth Buying? Personally, I have zero regrets so far buying this filter. It's solidly built, does the job it's designed to do, and is available at a reasonable price.  I'm giving it a 4 out of 5 stars just because of the price. It's not a huge amount of money, but within its bracket (air powered filters) it's on the top end of cost. If I only had a few tanks to filter, those tanks were particularly sensitive, or I needed super low maintenance option this would be a solid choice. Since I run a number of tanks at home however, the $30 price tag puts it solidly above that of the $10 sponge filters I normally run in most tanks. 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As a result, she tends to sleep...well..vertically lol. As soon as she wakes up she's all back to level and action, but if you catch her dozing she definitely looks a little odd! Please note that this is different from a fish with "swim bladder disease", where the fish have an infection of the swim bladder that often causes them to flip over or float upside down. Erica played with her with a target training kit for a while to see if she could recognize shapes to get a food reward, but she takes so darn long to chew that it was a little more work than she'd banked on lol. Little Girl is looking for a great home that doesn't mind a cute little compact girl that isn't afraid to stand out from the crowd. shopify_CA_1358282555449 1358282555449 new 10.00 CAD out of stock http://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/1677/5821/products/Yuan-Bao-Oranda-Goldfish-1-Face_3e00ea40-d217-4ec6-b2b8-b367d6d07431_grande.jpg?v=1532368546 Arctic Lights Aquatics Yuan Bao Oranda Yuan Bao Oranda 1 https://arcticlightsaquatics.com/products/yuan-bao-oranda-1?variant=12933925208121 Yuan Bao Oranda 1 Default Title We suspect that this little cutie might have slightly imbalanced swim bladders. As a result, she tends to sleep...well..vertically lol. As soon as she wakes up she's all back to level and action, but if you catch her dozing she definitely looks a little odd! Please note that this is different from a fish with "swim bladder disease", where the fish have an infection of the swim bladder that often causes them to flip over or float upside down. Erica played with her with a target training kit for a while to see if she could recognize shapes to get a food reward, but she takes so darn long to chew that it was a little more work than she'd banked on lol. Little Girl is looking for a great home that doesn't mind a cute little compact girl that isn't afraid to stand out from the crowd. shopify_CA_1358282555449 12933925208121 new 10.00 CAD out of stock http://cdn.shopify.com/s/assets/no-image-2048-5e88c1b20e087fb7bbe9a3771824e743c244f437e4f8ba93bbf7b11b53f7824c_grande.gif Arctic Lights Aquatics Yuan Bao Oranda Finnex Stingray LED Planted Aquarium Light: Product Review https://arcticlightsaquatics.com/products/finnex-stingray-led-planted-aquarium-light-product-review Finnex Stingray LED Planted Aquarium Light: Product Review The market for LED lights has seen a lot of competition in the last few years, with players from lots of different companies vying for our hard earned dollars. If you're looking for an option on the affordable end of the market and have done a little research, you've probably come across the Stingray line from Finnex. If you're looking for an LED aquarium fixture that's capable of growing aquarium plants as well, you'd do well to give the Stingray a close look. The Finnex Stingray comes a decent PAR rating, sleek machined look, proper safety ratings that don't endanger your home insurance and enough available models to suit almost any length of tank. It may not have as many features as some pricier models (it doesn't have a timer) but it also don't have nearly the same high price, so in the end the Stingray is a solid contender for your hard-earned aquarium dollars. Finnex Stingray show-yes https://www.aquariumcoop.com/products/finnex-stingray-led-lights?variant=17546455748?ref=6 show-yes $34.99 11/30/2018 show-no Link to Flip Aquatics with affiliate link Show Flip Aquatics price (show-yes or show-no) Flip Aquatics price When price last updated show-yes https://www.amazon.com/Finnex-StingRAY-Clip-Light-Aquarium/dp/B00LMH10HC/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&qid=1543607908&sr=8-1&keywords=finnex+stingray+clip&linkCode=ll1&tag=goldfishcan00-20&linkId=bd2d6c708eb29050cd233005a1972bf2&language=en_US When You Need A New Light But Don't Want to Break The Bank If you're anything like me, as much as you like having a nice tank and lighting setup, the more money you can save to buy fish and plants, the happier you are. That being the goal, you're probably not looking to spend the equivalent of a month's rent just on lighting for your tank, right? When my wife Erica and I decided to update the lighting over our tanks from the old T5HO fixtures which were starting to get a bit dated (and expensive to find replacement bulbs from), I headed over to Aquarium Co-Op's website to order a couple of new lights to try. Based off positive reviews I'd read in the end I decided to try the Finnex Stingray in the 30" length  for one of our 20 gallon long tanks, along with the pricier Fluval 3.0s.  My findings on the Fluval are detailed in a review here , and I found it to be a great light, but it's not cheap ($139.99 for our model from the Co-Op). As a result, I was eager to take a look at what the Stingray offered at the more affordable end of the market ($54.99 for our model from Cory). First Impressions Of the Finnex Stingray When I got a hold of the package and opened it up, my first impressions of the light itself were positive. It's sleek, solidly built, and when placed on a tank lid the light is so thin it's barely noticeable (a nice bonus!).   The Finnex Stingray makes for an attactive, low-profile, simple light Additionally, the cord and power adapter combine to almost 90" of length on the model I have, so your installation options should be pretty wide open.  Power plug and adaptor for the Stingray. It measures almost 90", allowing mounting flexibility If there's something that lets the Finnex down a little, it's definitely the mounting bracket system. It works, but the plastic brackets and mounting screws don't exactly scream quality. Finnex Stingray mounting clips They do hold the light fairly securely, and the clear plastic was presumably chosen to be less noticable and blocky, but I tend to handle the pieces with care for fear of breaking something with a hard hit (do be a little careful if you're changing water with buckets, for example). When turned on, the 20 gallon long tank we used as a test bed was lit up quite impressively. The tank was a simple clear water betta tank, and the fish, plants and hardscape glowed nicely under the illumination. Overall, the Finnex Stingray made a decent first impression. Who Is The Finnex Stingray Designed For? The Stingray series is touted as an "all-purpose" light on the company website , but its LED choice and PAR rating (more below) means it's clearly aimed at the planted tank crowd. More advanced stuff might require a more "serious" light (read: higher output and cost), but this light will be excellent for beginners working on a first planted tank or for people who just prefer low and medium light plants in general. If you're growing plants, you should find more than enough output to supply sufficient light for low and medium light easy plants such as: water wisteria anubias mosses and moss balls (really a form of algae) java fern guppy grass vals swords ...and a host of other options. They'll even be a decent choice for simple carpeting plants like dwarf sagittaria  or crypt parva , so you're not limiting yourself too much unless your tank is on the deep side (choose "long" tanks rather than tall if you're able).  So far, I've found that this is a great light for planted freshwater tanks, and I love the fact that it won't break the bank either. With just a little bit of work limiting the length of time the light is on (photoperiod) with a timer  and the addition of enough Easy Green fertilizer to keep nitrates at around 20ppm or so, it didn't take too long to get the guppy grass and java fern merrily pearling away . That tank isn't even running additional CO2 , but it's still a happy little underwater garden for one of our male bettas. I also wanted to see how it would handle a more blackwater tank (a tank with water brown from tannins), so I tried it on our betta rubra tank as well. The Finnex penetrated the gloom quite well, and I think I would actually personally prefer to run a dimmer light on that sort of tank because I like the mysterious dark tannin look and this was a little too bright for that. So whether you're running a basic fish-only tank or wanting to grow low or medium light plants in anything other than a super deep planted tank, I think the Finnex is a solid choice to consider. Going From Shabby to Chique: What's The Finnex Stingray Like To Use? We all want aquariums that look their best, right? If you're looking for a light to mount directly to the aquarium, you'll find that the Stingray is a nice, low-profile option that doesn't take up much space on top of the tank. Finnex Stingray mounted over a 20 Gallon long planted tank As mentioned in the intro, the legs are only simple plastic and they're a little fussy to mount. In addition, though I'm sure someone will appreciate the length, the screws are a little on the long side for our test tank. Overall, they get the job done well enough, but I wasn't blown away. Mounting clips and standoffs secured on the edge of a rimmed tank If you're using the Stingray in an aquarium hood to replace an old light fixture, you'll be happy to hear that it comes with mounting brackets to screw the light in place. I don't use canopies so didn't test this option, but it's a nice touch for those that would. Hood clips are included to allow the Stingray to be mounted in aquarium hoods     The Finnex Stingray Clip On Though I have a few clip on lights on order for use in some tiny tanks, I haven't had a chance to review them yet. Luckily, Cory from Aquarium Co-Op has produced a nice video showing its features, and even listing PAR values as well (I'll cover PAR values below if you don't have time for the video): Overall... If you're replacing a fluorescent or incandescent light like you'd have in a standard kit tank setup, you'll even likely find a nice decrease in heat and power use. That leaves more money in your pocket at the end of the year, and nobody's going to complain about that happening. Is The Finnex Stingray Any Good? How Does It Perform? For the most part a fish only tank isn't too picky about what sort of light it uses. There are a couple of exceptions (getting the right colour spectrum so our goldfish babies colour up well in our breeder tanks, for example), but otherwise it usually comes down to what looks best to your eye if you just keep fish. As you'll see in reviews I mention a little further down in the article most people seem to like the look of the light output from the Stingray, but I did come across one comment that was interesting enough to highlight. One reviewer noted that in extremely shallow tanks they could detect beams of blue light hitting the bottom and leaving pinpricks of light in a noticable fashion. I haven't really noticed that issue myself, but to each their own. That probably comes from the fact that LED emitters tend to be more "directional" than normal bulbs, but it has the advantage of concentrating the light only where you need it (and not out into the rest of the room etc). This Part is for My Planted Tank Friends... For those looking for PAR performance numbers (PAR - photosynthetically active radiation or how much light the plant can actually use), I scowered the web and found a few reliable sources that even match for once (lol). In the review I linked from Aquarium Co-Op earlier in this article, Cory ran some numbers using an Apogee PAR meter and found the following: Finnex Stingray Clip On Light (10" long light bar), 12" deep tank - 17 PAR Finnex Stingray 24" version (24" long light bar), 12" deep tank - 30 PAR A reviewer on The Planted Tank Forum  found the following for the 48" long light bar: Depth Same Depth As... PAR Reading  6" middle of 10 gallon tank 54-56 12" bottom of 10 gallon, 20 long tanks 30-32 18" bottom of 29 gallon tank, 55 gallon or 75 with 2" substrate 21-23 24" bottom of 90 gallon tank 16-18   Thankfully, everyone's numbers seem to line up. Those are showing decent performance from the Stingray too, especially for a low cost fixture that seems to last well. PAR values like that should make it possible to grow a lot of commonly available undemanding plants like most swords, anubias, crypts, vals etc, and that's certainly been my experience to date. The light doesn't have a timer so you'll have to order one or risk your tank turning into an algae farm (you can't be reliable enough to manually turn the light on an off yourself without issues), but they're easy enough to aquire at a hardware store or online like in the link here: timer  (Aquarium Co-Op timer) Which Stingray Am I Likely to Need to Buy? Based off the data that's available on the Stingray and their experiences with using them in the field, Aquarium CoOp recently put out some recommendations as to which Stingray would be required for different applications depending on what you want to grow. For plants like anubias, crypts and other slow-growing options, choose the low light option. To step up to being able to grow stem plants and almost anything else that isn't a low-growing carpet plant, opt for medium light. For high-throttle, CO2  injected setups, be sure to aim more for the high light side of the spectrum. If you've ever wondered what was involved with CO2  injected setups but were intimidated by the complexity, here's a good intro video.  Tank Size (Gallons) Stingray Required 2.5  Clip On (Medium to High) 5  Clip On (Medium), 16" (High) 10 20" (High) 15 24" (High) 20 High 24" (Medium) 20 Long 30" (High) 29 30" (Low/Medium) 40 Breeder 36" (Low) 40 Long 48" (Medium) 55 48" (Low) 65 36" (Low) For bigger tanks than these, stepping up to the Fluval 3.0 is probably a good option. Multiple Stingrays are possible as well, but for those that want to keep things to just a single fixture the 3.0 is a better choice. What Are People Saying About the Finnex Stingray? If you mosey over to the Aquarium Co-Op website and read one of the hundred or so reviews, you'll find that they're very well received (nothing other than 4 or 5 stars reviews out of about 95 total at the time I'm writing this). In case you don't have time to check out the link, here's a selection of my favorite descriptions: "Got tired of replacing bulbs, so I picked this up for the price of two T5HOs & don't regret the move." "This light really makes the blues on my neons and rams pop, safe to say I'm in love" "...this light is amazing even compared to my Satellite Pro on a different tank that ran me $225" (Adam - my link added as reference)  "It is sleek looking, the perfect size for my 20L (20 gallon long tank), and is growing low light - medium plants well" "I needed help choosing a light within my budget; Robert and Cory really helped me make a decision that would work for me!" "It was intuitive to install and makes my tank look like it's an exhibit at the state aquarium!" Will The Finnex Stingray Hold Up To Regular Use On A Tank? One of the more worrisome parts of ordering a less expensive light is wondering if they'll hold up over time (or even arrive dead). Both of these concerns seem to be handled by Finnex in a decent fashion. On the lifespan front, I've been using our Stingray for a few months and it hasn't given me any troubles so far.  The switch gear is holding up well, it's shrugged off a little bit of sponge filter spray here and there, and all the LED emitters are still running strong and growing plants well. Cory at Aquarium CoOp mentioned that one of the reasons he carries them as opposed to other brands is that they've had a good longevity record so far, and having been out for a couple of years already, they've proven to be a solid choice from a company that will stand behind them if something goes wrong. In fact, since finishing our goldfish breeding room rennovation and installing 17 new tanks there, we've decided to invest in Stingrays for all the tanks we just plumbed in. The Stingrays are economical to run, and our goldfish fry color up best when they have a good strong daylight-type light over them during the day as they're developing. The Stingrays will also let us run a good selection of plants in the tanks to help with the large bioloads from the goldfish wee ones, since the plants will help consume the fish waste and reduce the number of water changes we need to do. Warranty On the warranty side, as best I can see Finnex offers a 6 month warranty against defects if the light is purchased from a dealer like Aquarium Co-Op rather than an anonymous source like eBay or Amazon . Although the light doesn't seem to be prone to issues, I'd still try to maintain the warranty if possible. Aquarium Co-Op even goes as far as to replace the light at their cost if you have issues, so you don't have to deal with the return process yourself (with a guarantee like this they choose reliable lights for a reason, obviously). Water Protection One difference between the warranty on this light and the one on the fancier Fluval 3.0 , for example, is that the Finnex lights don't warranty against water damage (the 3.0's are waterproof). Some people have accidentally knocked their Stingrays into the water and had them live to tell the tale, but I suspect you wouldn't want to make a habit of it. For my part I tend to just place the lights loosely on the  top of most of our tanks since I'm in and out of them so often catching fry to move to different tanks as they grow, and screwed in mounts would get in the way. That does risk the lights getting knocked into the tanks, so I'm just as careful as I can Who Should I Buy From? As is becoming a bit of a theme on my reviews, I really recommend going with Aquarium Co-Op for your Stingray if you decide to order. The reasons for this are a few: if the light is purchased from an anonymous source like eBay  or Amazon  rather than a dealer like Aquarium Co-Op , you lose the Finnex warranty  you can support a small business with your order that way. As an example, the promo videos Finnex hosts on their own site were made by Cory; Amazon or eBay sellers don't do that sort of thing for the hobby shipping times for the Co-Op vs Amazon are usually the same or less Whatever source you order from, the light will usually ship in it's original box. That makes some people nervous, but rest assured that it's designed that way and most people get their lights with no damage at all (even if the post is a little tough on the box itself). Amazon gets a little twitchy if I mention their prices in these reviews, but I've left the links in the list above so you can compare for yourself. Oh Canada... Sadly, I get mine from the US. Sorry about that! Shipping to the border is easy though, so consider a road trip if you want to pick up a few items. Bring On The Nerd Stats If you're like me you like to know exactly what you're buying, so here's a summary of the data one last time PAR Data (30" Finnex Stingray: source ) Depth of Sensor When Measuring PAR Under Centre of Light PAR Measured 6” Off Center 2" 166  10 6" 72 37 10" 42 31 12" 35 27 14" 27 25 16" 25 22 19" 18 17 LED Configuration Model JL-16S JL-20S JL-24S JL-30S JL-36S JL-48S Base length 16" 20" 24" 30" 36" 48" Watts Used 10W 11W 13W 16W 20W 27W 7K Daylight LEDs 20 23 27 32 40 56 660nm Red LEDs 3 4 4 8 8 8 460nm Blue LEDs 4 5 5 8 8 8 The Big Finish In the end, I'm pleased to conclude that the Finnex Stingray offers a solid light at a great price. It's a great product, and I've been very happy. I have and use LED aquarium lights three times the cost of the Stingrays, but when it came time to order new lights for our breeder tanks, we decided to order these For your part, you'll hopefully find the light effective and cost friendly, and for the price, it's hard to beat these lights in PAR performance and overall usability.   Finnex Stingray show-yes https://www.aquariumcoop.com/products/finnex-stingray-led-lights?variant=17546455748?ref=6 show-yes $34.99 11/30/2018 show-no Link to Flip Aquatics with affiliate link Show Flip Aquatics price (show-yes or show-no) Flip Aquatics price When price last updated show-yes https://www.amazon.com/Finnex-StingRAY-Clip-Light-Aquarium/dp/B00LMH10HC/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&qid=1543607908&sr=8-1&keywords=finnex+stingray+clip&linkCode=ll1&tag=goldfishcan00-20&linkId=bd2d6c708eb29050cd233005a1972bf2&language=en_US shopify_CA_1140002521145 1140002521145 new 0.00 CAD in stock http://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/1677/5821/products/finnex-stingray-LED-planted-aquarium-light-mounting-clip-detail_grande.jpg?v=1529417175 Aquarium Co-Op LED Light Finnex Stingray LED Planted Aquarium Light: Product Review https://arcticlightsaquatics.com/products/finnex-stingray-led-planted-aquarium-light-product-review?variant=10478962671673 Finnex Stingray LED Planted Aquarium Light: Product Review Default Title The market for LED lights has seen a lot of competition in the last few years, with players from lots of different companies vying for our hard earned dollars. If you're looking for an option on the affordable end of the market and have done a little research, you've probably come across the Stingray line from Finnex. If you're looking for an LED aquarium fixture that's capable of growing aquarium plants as well, you'd do well to give the Stingray a close look. The Finnex Stingray comes a decent PAR rating, sleek machined look, proper safety ratings that don't endanger your home insurance and enough available models to suit almost any length of tank. It may not have as many features as some pricier models (it doesn't have a timer) but it also don't have nearly the same high price, so in the end the Stingray is a solid contender for your hard-earned aquarium dollars. Finnex Stingray show-yes https://www.aquariumcoop.com/products/finnex-stingray-led-lights?variant=17546455748?ref=6 show-yes $34.99 11/30/2018 show-no Link to Flip Aquatics with affiliate link Show Flip Aquatics price (show-yes or show-no) Flip Aquatics price When price last updated show-yes https://www.amazon.com/Finnex-StingRAY-Clip-Light-Aquarium/dp/B00LMH10HC/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&qid=1543607908&sr=8-1&keywords=finnex+stingray+clip&linkCode=ll1&tag=goldfishcan00-20&linkId=bd2d6c708eb29050cd233005a1972bf2&language=en_US When You Need A New Light But Don't Want to Break The Bank If you're anything like me, as much as you like having a nice tank and lighting setup, the more money you can save to buy fish and plants, the happier you are. That being the goal, you're probably not looking to spend the equivalent of a month's rent just on lighting for your tank, right? When my wife Erica and I decided to update the lighting over our tanks from the old T5HO fixtures which were starting to get a bit dated (and expensive to find replacement bulbs from), I headed over to Aquarium Co-Op's website to order a couple of new lights to try. Based off positive reviews I'd read in the end I decided to try the Finnex Stingray in the 30" length  for one of our 20 gallon long tanks, along with the pricier Fluval 3.0s.  My findings on the Fluval are detailed in a review here , and I found it to be a great light, but it's not cheap ($139.99 for our model from the Co-Op). As a result, I was eager to take a look at what the Stingray offered at the more affordable end of the market ($54.99 for our model from Cory). First Impressions Of the Finnex Stingray When I got a hold of the package and opened it up, my first impressions of the light itself were positive. It's sleek, solidly built, and when placed on a tank lid the light is so thin it's barely noticeable (a nice bonus!).   The Finnex Stingray makes for an attactive, low-profile, simple light Additionally, the cord and power adapter combine to almost 90" of length on the model I have, so your installation options should be pretty wide open.  Power plug and adaptor for the Stingray. It measures almost 90", allowing mounting flexibility If there's something that lets the Finnex down a little, it's definitely the mounting bracket system. It works, but the plastic brackets and mounting screws don't exactly scream quality. Finnex Stingray mounting clips They do hold the light fairly securely, and the clear plastic was presumably chosen to be less noticable and blocky, but I tend to handle the pieces with care for fear of breaking something with a hard hit (do be a little careful if you're changing water with buckets, for example). When turned on, the 20 gallon long tank we used as a test bed was lit up quite impressively. The tank was a simple clear water betta tank, and the fish, plants and hardscape glowed nicely under the illumination. Overall, the Finnex Stingray made a decent first impression. Who Is The Finnex Stingray Designed For? The Stingray series is touted as an "all-purpose" light on the company website , but its LED choice and PAR rating (more below) means it's clearly aimed at the planted tank crowd. More advanced stuff might require a more "serious" light (read: higher output and cost), but this light will be excellent for beginners working on a first planted tank or for people who just prefer low and medium light plants in general. If you're growing plants, you should find more than enough output to supply sufficient light for low and medium light easy plants such as: water wisteria anubias mosses and moss balls (really a form of algae) java fern guppy grass vals swords ...and a host of other options. They'll even be a decent choice for simple carpeting plants like dwarf sagittaria  or crypt parva , so you're not limiting yourself too much unless your tank is on the deep side (choose "long" tanks rather than tall if you're able).  So far, I've found that this is a great light for planted freshwater tanks, and I love the fact that it won't break the bank either. With just a little bit of work limiting the length of time the light is on (photoperiod) with a timer  and the addition of enough Easy Green fertilizer to keep nitrates at around 20ppm or so, it didn't take too long to get the guppy grass and java fern merrily pearling away . That tank isn't even running additional CO2 , but it's still a happy little underwater garden for one of our male bettas. I also wanted to see how it would handle a more blackwater tank (a tank with water brown from tannins), so I tried it on our betta rubra tank as well. The Finnex penetrated the gloom quite well, and I think I would actually personally prefer to run a dimmer light on that sort of tank because I like the mysterious dark tannin look and this was a little too bright for that. So whether you're running a basic fish-only tank or wanting to grow low or medium light plants in anything other than a super deep planted tank, I think the Finnex is a solid choice to consider. Going From Shabby to Chique: What's The Finnex Stingray Like To Use? We all want aquariums that look their best, right? If you're looking for a light to mount directly to the aquarium, you'll find that the Stingray is a nice, low-profile option that doesn't take up much space on top of the tank. Finnex Stingray mounted over a 20 Gallon long planted tank As mentioned in the intro, the legs are only simple plastic and they're a little fussy to mount. In addition, though I'm sure someone will appreciate the length, the screws are a little on the long side for our test tank. Overall, they get the job done well enough, but I wasn't blown away. Mounting clips and standoffs secured on the edge of a rimmed tank If you're using the Stingray in an aquarium hood to replace an old light fixture, you'll be happy to hear that it comes with mounting brackets to screw the light in place. I don't use canopies so didn't test this option, but it's a nice touch for those that would. Hood clips are included to allow the Stingray to be mounted in aquarium hoods     The Finnex Stingray Clip On Though I have a few clip on lights on order for use in some tiny tanks, I haven't had a chance to review them yet. Luckily, Cory from Aquarium Co-Op has produced a nice video showing its features, and even listing PAR values as well (I'll cover PAR values below if you don't have time for the video): Overall... If you're replacing a fluorescent or incandescent light like you'd have in a standard kit tank setup, you'll even likely find a nice decrease in heat and power use. That leaves more money in your pocket at the end of the year, and nobody's going to complain about that happening. Is The Finnex Stingray Any Good? How Does It Perform? For the most part a fish only tank isn't too picky about what sort of light it uses. There are a couple of exceptions (getting the right colour spectrum so our goldfish babies colour up well in our breeder tanks, for example), but otherwise it usually comes down to what looks best to your eye if you just keep fish. As you'll see in reviews I mention a little further down in the article most people seem to like the look of the light output from the Stingray, but I did come across one comment that was interesting enough to highlight. One reviewer noted that in extremely shallow tanks they could detect beams of blue light hitting the bottom and leaving pinpricks of light in a noticable fashion. I haven't really noticed that issue myself, but to each their own. That probably comes from the fact that LED emitters tend to be more "directional" than normal bulbs, but it has the advantage of concentrating the light only where you need it (and not out into the rest of the room etc). This Part is for My Planted Tank Friends... For those looking for PAR performance numbers (PAR - photosynthetically active radiation or how much light the plant can actually use), I scowered the web and found a few reliable sources that even match for once (lol). In the review I linked from Aquarium Co-Op earlier in this article, Cory ran some numbers using an Apogee PAR meter and found the following: Finnex Stingray Clip On Light (10" long light bar), 12" deep tank - 17 PAR Finnex Stingray 24" version (24" long light bar), 12" deep tank - 30 PAR A reviewer on The Planted Tank Forum  found the following for the 48" long light bar: Depth Same Depth As... PAR Reading  6" middle of 10 gallon tank 54-56 12" bottom of 10 gallon, 20 long tanks 30-32 18" bottom of 29 gallon tank, 55 gallon or 75 with 2" substrate 21-23 24" bottom of 90 gallon tank 16-18   Thankfully, everyone's numbers seem to line up. Those are showing decent performance from the Stingray too, especially for a low cost fixture that seems to last well. PAR values like that should make it possible to grow a lot of commonly available undemanding plants like most swords, anubias, crypts, vals etc, and that's certainly been my experience to date. The light doesn't have a timer so you'll have to order one or risk your tank turning into an algae farm (you can't be reliable enough to manually turn the light on an off yourself without issues), but they're easy enough to aquire at a hardware store or online like in the link here: timer  (Aquarium Co-Op timer) Which Stingray Am I Likely to Need to Buy? Based off the data that's available on the Stingray and their experiences with using them in the field, Aquarium CoOp recently put out some recommendations as to which Stingray would be required for different applications depending on what you want to grow. For plants like anubias, crypts and other slow-growing options, choose the low light option. To step up to being able to grow stem plants and almost anything else that isn't a low-growing carpet plant, opt for medium light. For high-throttle, CO2  injected setups, be sure to aim more for the high light side of the spectrum. If you've ever wondered what was involved with CO2  injected setups but were intimidated by the complexity, here's a good intro video.  Tank Size (Gallons) Stingray Required 2.5  Clip On (Medium to High) 5  Clip On (Medium), 16" (High) 10 20" (High) 15 24" (High) 20 High 24" (Medium) 20 Long 30" (High) 29 30" (Low/Medium) 40 Breeder 36" (Low) 40 Long 48" (Medium) 55 48" (Low) 65 36" (Low) For bigger tanks than these, stepping up to the Fluval 3.0 is probably a good option. Multiple Stingrays are possible as well, but for those that want to keep things to just a single fixture the 3.0 is a better choice. What Are People Saying About the Finnex Stingray? If you mosey over to the Aquarium Co-Op website and read one of the hundred or so reviews, you'll find that they're very well received (nothing other than 4 or 5 stars reviews out of about 95 total at the time I'm writing this). In case you don't have time to check out the link, here's a selection of my favorite descriptions: "Got tired of replacing bulbs, so I picked this up for the price of two T5HOs & don't regret the move." "This light really makes the blues on my neons and rams pop, safe to say I'm in love" "...this light is amazing even compared to my Satellite Pro on a different tank that ran me $225" (Adam - my link added as reference)  "It is sleek looking, the perfect size for my 20L (20 gallon long tank), and is growing low light - medium plants well" "I needed help choosing a light within my budget; Robert and Cory really helped me make a decision that would work for me!" "It was intuitive to install and makes my tank look like it's an exhibit at the state aquarium!" Will The Finnex Stingray Hold Up To Regular Use On A Tank? One of the more worrisome parts of ordering a less expensive light is wondering if they'll hold up over time (or even arrive dead). Both of these concerns seem to be handled by Finnex in a decent fashion. On the lifespan front, I've been using our Stingray for a few months and it hasn't given me any troubles so far.  The switch gear is holding up well, it's shrugged off a little bit of sponge filter spray here and there, and all the LED emitters are still running strong and growing plants well. Cory at Aquarium CoOp mentioned that one of the reasons he carries them as opposed to other brands is that they've had a good longevity record so far, and having been out for a couple of years already, they've proven to be a solid choice from a company that will stand behind them if something goes wrong. In fact, since finishing our goldfish breeding room rennovation and installing 17 new tanks there, we've decided to invest in Stingrays for all the tanks we just plumbed in. The Stingrays are economical to run, and our goldfish fry color up best when they have a good strong daylight-type light over them during the day as they're developing. The Stingrays will also let us run a good selection of plants in the tanks to help with the large bioloads from the goldfish wee ones, since the plants will help consume the fish waste and reduce the number of water changes we need to do. Warranty On the warranty side, as best I can see Finnex offers a 6 month warranty against defects if the light is purchased from a dealer like Aquarium Co-Op rather than an anonymous source like eBay or Amazon . Although the light doesn't seem to be prone to issues, I'd still try to maintain the warranty if possible. Aquarium Co-Op even goes as far as to replace the light at their cost if you have issues, so you don't have to deal with the return process yourself (with a guarantee like this they choose reliable lights for a reason, obviously). Water Protection One difference between the warranty on this light and the one on the fancier Fluval 3.0 , for example, is that the Finnex lights don't warranty against water damage (the 3.0's are waterproof). Some people have accidentally knocked their Stingrays into the water and had them live to tell the tale, but I suspect you wouldn't want to make a habit of it. For my part I tend to just place the lights loosely on the  top of most of our tanks since I'm in and out of them so often catching fry to move to different tanks as they grow, and screwed in mounts would get in the way. That does risk the lights getting knocked into the tanks, so I'm just as careful as I can Who Should I Buy From? As is becoming a bit of a theme on my reviews, I really recommend going with Aquarium Co-Op for your Stingray if you decide to order. The reasons for this are a few: if the light is purchased from an anonymous source like eBay  or Amazon  rather than a dealer like Aquarium Co-Op , you lose the Finnex warranty  you can support a small business with your order that way. As an example, the promo videos Finnex hosts on their own site were made by Cory; Amazon or eBay sellers don't do that sort of thing for the hobby shipping times for the Co-Op vs Amazon are usually the same or less Whatever source you order from, the light will usually ship in it's original box. That makes some people nervous, but rest assured that it's designed that way and most people get their lights with no damage at all (even if the post is a little tough on the box itself). Amazon gets a little twitchy if I mention their prices in these reviews, but I've left the links in the list above so you can compare for yourself. Oh Canada... Sadly, I get mine from the US. Sorry about that! Shipping to the border is easy though, so consider a road trip if you want to pick up a few items. Bring On The Nerd Stats If you're like me you like to know exactly what you're buying, so here's a summary of the data one last time PAR Data (30" Finnex Stingray: source ) Depth of Sensor When Measuring PAR Under Centre of Light PAR Measured 6” Off Center 2" 166  10 6" 72 37 10" 42 31 12" 35 27 14" 27 25 16" 25 22 19" 18 17 LED Configuration Model JL-16S JL-20S JL-24S JL-30S JL-36S JL-48S Base length 16" 20" 24" 30" 36" 48" Watts Used 10W 11W 13W 16W 20W 27W 7K Daylight LEDs 20 23 27 32 40 56 660nm Red LEDs 3 4 4 8 8 8 460nm Blue LEDs 4 5 5 8 8 8 The Big Finish In the end, I'm pleased to conclude that the Finnex Stingray offers a solid light at a great price. It's a great product, and I've been very happy. I have and use LED aquarium lights three times the cost of the Stingrays, but when it came time to order new lights for our breeder tanks, we decided to order these For your part, you'll hopefully find the light effective and cost friendly, and for the price, it's hard to beat these lights in PAR performance and overall usability.   Finnex Stingray show-yes https://www.aquariumcoop.com/products/finnex-stingray-led-lights?variant=17546455748?ref=6 show-yes $34.99 11/30/2018 show-no Link to Flip Aquatics with affiliate link Show Flip Aquatics price (show-yes or show-no) Flip Aquatics price When price last updated show-yes https://www.amazon.com/Finnex-StingRAY-Clip-Light-Aquarium/dp/B00LMH10HC/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&qid=1543607908&sr=8-1&keywords=finnex+stingray+clip&linkCode=ll1&tag=goldfishcan00-20&linkId=bd2d6c708eb29050cd233005a1972bf2&language=en_US shopify_CA_1140002521145 10478962671673 new 0.00 CAD in stock http://cdn.shopify.com/s/assets/no-image-2048-5e88c1b20e087fb7bbe9a3771824e743c244f437e4f8ba93bbf7b11b53f7824c_grande.gif Aquarium Co-Op LED Light Easy Green and Easy Green Nano Fertilizer By Aquarium Co-Op: Product Review https://arcticlightsaquatics.com/products/easy-green-fertilizer-by-aquarium-co-op-product-review Easy Green and Easy Green Nano Fertilizer By Aquarium Co-Op: Product Review If you've kept live aquatic plants in your aquariums before (or want to), you've probably found out that unless your tank is extremely heavily stocked it's hard to keep plants alive for long without SOME form of fertilizer. When you first go looking for a fertilizer to use, however, you'll probably be faced with a confusing range of choices that can seem almost endless. Do you want to use a single product? Multiple products? Follow a dosing system? Just buy whatever the fish store has in stock? Hook up pumps and CO2 monitors?  Especially if you just want to keep some simple plants, the choices can make your head spin. I don't know about you, but life gets busy and I prefer to keep things easy when I have the chance. As a result, when my wife Erica and I decided to place an order with Cory at Aquarium Co-Op , I couldn't wait to see if Easy Green lived up to its name. Easy Green All-In-One Fertilizer show-yes https://www.aquariumcoop.com/products/easy-green-all-in-one-fertilizer?ref=6 show-yes $19.99 11/30/2018 show-no Link to Flip Aquatics with affiliate link Show Flip Aquatics price (show-yes or show-no) Flip Aquatics price When price last updated show-no Link to Amazon from site stripe What Is Easy Green? Easy Green is an all-in-one fertilizer designed to easily grow most of the plants that you and I keep in our aquariums.  Unlike fertilizer systems that require you to buy multiple bottles of product, make huge water changes each week, or turn your tank into algae farm if you don't use CO2 systems, Easy Green keeps this...well...easy! With a pump nozzle designed to keep most plants happy with just a pump of fertilizer per 10 gallons per week, it's really simple to use. If you keep nano-sized aquariums (less than 10 gallons), there's even a more diluted version called Easy Green Nano  that lets you dose at 1 pump per gallon instead. Who Is Easy Green Designed For? Cory at Aquarium Co-Op designed Easy Green to let people be as successful as possible at growing aquarium plants in their fish tanks. Though that might seem like an obvious statement, it's actually different from how some other companies sell their plant products. As an example of this, if you walk into most local fish stores the product line you'll most easily be able to find is generally the SeaChem line of fertilizers. When you try to choose one, however, you quickly find a bewildering list of choices. Need a "complete" fertilizer? Choose Flourish Comprehensive ....oh wait, except it barely has any nitrogen in it, so you'll probably wonder why your plants aren't actually growing very well unless you're so overstocked you barely needed fertilizer in the first place. Need more nitrogen? Choose Fluorish Nitrogen ...except how much should you dose? What about Flourish Trace ? Or Flourish Potassium ? When do you need to use those? Do I have to buy one? All of them? What do I use if I've never grown plants before? See the difference? If you're new to the hobby or just want to keep things simple, do what we did and just choose Easy Green . Follow the directions, and you can go back to actually enjoying your aquarium rather than playing mad scientist (or going broke buying things you're not actually sure if you need). How Do You Use Easy Green? If you buy right now, the pump heads included with each bottle of Easy Green currently deliver 1mL of fertilizer per pump. Each pump will treat 10 gallons of aquarium water for an average tank using low light plants. So: Size of aquarium Pumps of fertilizer required per week Volume of Easy Green if measured 5 gallons / 19L 1/2 pump of Easy Green or 5 pumps of Easy Green Nano  per week 0.5 mL 10 gallons / 38 L 1 pump of Easy Green per week 1 mL 20 gallons / 76 L 2 pumps of Easy Green  per week 2 mL 30 gallons / 114 L 3 pumps of Easy Green  per week 3 mL 40 gallons / 151 L 4 pumps of Easy Green  per week 4 mL 50 gallons / 189 L 5 pumps of Easy Green  per week 5 mL     ...etc, etc. Since every aquarium is different, let's take a quick look at how you might need to adjust the dosing for your particular aquarium Case 1: I'm getting too much algae If you're getting too much algae in your aquarium, you need to go back to what we call the "circle of algae" around here: the right amount of light the right amount of Co2 the right amount of flow the right amount of fertilizer First, queue the king:   Next, let's take those one at a time and see if we can sort you out. The Right Amount of Light Since plants need light in order to grow properly, the most important part of getting healthy plant growth (which is the #1 way to control algae) is to provide the proper type and amount of light. Do you have a decent aquarium light?  If not, maybe consider something like the Fluval 3.0 which we use and love (we wrote a review on it here ). The right type of light is critical to getting good plant growth. If you have a decent light, is it on for the same amount of time each day? If you have an adjustable light like the Fluval mentioned above, make sure it's set to a consistent schedule (start with 8 hours a day as a good starting point). If not, consider getting a simple timer like this one . Don't rely on turning a light on and off manually because you'll never been consistent enough to avoid an algae mess. The right amount of Co2 For most people, getting the right amount of CO2 (carbon dioxide) into their aquariums doesn't mean investing in a fancy CO2 regulator and making friends with the local welding shop for a tank and refill every few months. It just means getting enough air from the outside of the aquarium into the inside of the aquarium. Do you have one of the following?: an air stone a sponge filter a hang-on-back filter that breaks the surface of the tank with it's output ripples on the surface of your aquarium from a canister filter or sump? If so, then you're probably fine for growing most low and medium light plants. Extra CO2 can be great for getting outstanding growth RATES from plants, but you might not want to trim plants for hours each weekend. What CO2 generally doesn't do is markedly change the QUALITY of the plant growth. As a result, if you just want to grow plants, make sure you have a way of getting air into the aquarium but don't stress about getting bottled CO2 unless you actually want it. The right amount of flow/circulation in the aquarium This one isn't generally a problem for most people with good filters, but make sure there aren't any dead spots in the tank where the water isn't circulating. If the water isn't moving, then nutrients in the water can't get to the plants that need them. If all your plants are thriving except for ones in a corner or behind an object, think about changing things up so you don't have any areas of low flow. The right amount of fertilizer If all the above seem good, make sure that your plants aren't running out of fertilizer. If they are, algae is sure to become an issue. Though most tanks will be fine with the baseline dosing of 1 pump per 10 gallon per week, if you run a nitrate test  on your tank water and it comes back with no nitrates, the plants in your tank might be extra hungry and using up all the fertilizer. In the zero nitrate case, feel free to up the dosing to 2 pumps a week or even higher if they're still devouring everything. On the other hand, in the case that your nitrates are climbing steadily each week despite doing regular water changes, you might have easy going plants that don't need as much fertilizer. As a general rule, if your plants grow slowly, they don't need much "food". Too much fertilizer can also cause an algae issue, so the goal is ideally to "run out" of fertilizer right when you go to dose it again. So if you can keep your nitrates at 10ppm per week with your regular water changes and as soon as your start using 1 pump per week of Easy Green you're getting 15ppm on week 1, 20ppm on week 2, and 25 ppm on week 3 with the same water changes, you might only need one pump of Easy Green per 2 weeks instead of 1 per week. Don't stress out and change things too quickly, but if you're not getting the results you want, think about trying one of these options. Case 2: I have a Nano aquarium (under 10 gallon aquarium) If you're the thrifty kind you can just dose your nano aquarium using regular Easy Green and a fine 1 mL syringe or a swanky Aquarium Co-Op Shot Glass  at 0.1mL per gallon (same as 1 mL per 10 gallons), but that does take away from the "easy" part of Easy Green a little. To bring back the easy, Cory also sells a version of Easy Green that's called Easy Green Nano , and on that one you dispense 1 pump of Nano per gallon (rather than 1 pump per 10 gallons with the regular formulation). As you might suspect, and as Cory readily admits, Nano is just regular Easy Green diluted with 10 gallons of distilled water per 1 gallon of Easy Green. If you want to save some money, you can do this yourself too. That said, if you don't want the hassle of locating distilled water, by all means buy Easy Green Nano and keep your life simple. Case 3: My plants aren't growing like the used to If you were getting good growth for a while and then your plants stop growing like they used to, odds are you're just running out of fertilizer. After all, you wouldn't expect a baby goldfish to eat the same amount of food as an adult when it grows up, right? If you do a nitrate test and you're running 0 on nitrates, consider upping your fertilizer dosing as your plants fill in and get more demanding. Case 4: My Amazon swords (or other root feeding plants) aren't responding to Easy Green like my stem plants are Although most plants can absorb fertilizers from both their leaves and roots, some prefer one method over the other. With Amazon swords in particular, they really prefer absorbing nutrients through their roots. As a result, if some plants are growing better than others you might get better results with something like a root tab placed into the soil in addition to your regular Easy Green dosing. Case 4: I have medium light plants, not low light plants Medium lights generally grow quicker and need more "food" than low light plants do, so consider starting at 2 pumps per 10 gallons per week rather than 1.  Case 5: I want to add a CO2 system Cool, sounds great! The only adjustment you'll need to make is to add extra fertilizer so your plants don't run out of nutrients (since they'll be growing quicker). As with some of the cases above, if you do a  nitrate test  and you're running 0 on nitrates, consider upping your fertilizer dosing as your plants fill in. Case 6: I have a super heavily stocked tank (goldfish, anyone?) Erica and I are goldfish breeders , so we're used to having a ton of extra waste in our tanks. If you're anything like us, even in your planted tanks you've never run a  nitrate test  and and seen a 0 come up. Oh that it was possible lol! In our case, adding too much Easy Green could cause nitrate levels to get into the danger zone (>40ppm) if we weren't careful. As a result, we only add fertilizer when we see our plants struggling to grow or showing deficiencies. There have to be SOME benefits of having too much waste in the tank, right? A Note To Existing Easy Green Customers If you're reading this and have ordered Easy Green in the past, you should be aware that in the spring of 2018 Cory increased the concentration of Easy Green in order to reduce the impact of larger bottles on the environment and to reduce the shipping cost to you (smaller bottle, same amount of active fertilizer, smaller box). As a result, if you order one of the lower cost refill bottles , be sure to ask for a new pump head for your existing dispenser bottle (which they'll include at no cost). The older pump heads put out 2mL per pump to treat 10 gallons, whereas the new concentrated formulation only needs 1 mL per 10 gallons. To keep the easy 1 pump per 10 gallons, the new pump heads adjust the volume each pump puts out. Is Easy Green Any Good? In my opinion, it definitely is! We've seen great growth from our plants, and the dosing scheme really couldn't be any easier. I did a big purge of our fishroom last week and finally got rid of all the other dry fertilizer and liquid products that have built up over the years. I just don't use anything other than Easy Green anymore, so it was time to reclaim the shelf space! What Are People Saying About Easy Green? Don't just take my opinion on whether it works, and go over to the Aquarium Co-Op site to read some of the HUNDREDS of positive reviews: Read Aquarium Co-Op reviews by clicking here There are competitors out there that claim to sell similar products, but most of them have a dozen or so positive reviews at best. At the time of this writing, Easy Green had 550 5 star reviews and counting! Some of my favorites: "ok normally I dont write reviews, but this stuff works." "It isn't called easy green for nothing: a pump per gallon once weekly = happy plants." "I particularly like that it is colorless. The other brand I used in the past stained anywhere it dropped if not immediately cleaned up. So based on that alone I would give five stars here, but it also works great. Plants are growing like crazy. Thanks!" " In the past I have used the whole line of Seachem Ferts. Decided to try Easy Green to see how it compared. I am glad I did as I am seeing similar growth on my plants from using both fertilizers. The difference being the ease of using Easy Green." "My plants are doing great. The bba is gone" Is Easy Green Safe? Since most of us keep more than plants in our tanks, you might be wondering if Easy Green is safe for use in tanks with fish and other critters in them. In a nutshell, Easy Green has been successfully tested as safe to use with snails, fish (including fry), and shrimp. If you really went to town and overdosed it severely you could end up with a nitrate problem, but unlike other fertilizers which are concentrated to the point of being dangerous to dose, Easy Green is very straightforward and safe to use. If you're a fish or shrimp person who happens to like plants too, then you have nothing to worry about. Why Should I Buy Easy Green From Aquarium Co-Op? From a practical perspective, if you want to try Easy Green, you HAVE to order from Cory since he doesn't let other stores carry it yet.  That said, he and his team are some of the best folks in the industry to support, since they're always positive and helpful and genuinely care about the rest of us in the hobby. Their shipping is inexpensive and professional, and often rivals or beats even Amazon's legendary shipping times. We’re so excited to be getting our order of plants for the aquarium soon!! Thank you @aquariumcoop for being awesome!! #fishtank #liveaquaticplants #aquariumcoop A post shared by Mike Wright (@flashsenpai) on May 9, 2018 at 7:08pm PDT   Particularly if you believe in supporting independent stores that carry fish and care about more than just bottom line profits, you can buy from Aquarium Co-Op with no reservations.    Heck, if you're REALLY lucky their shipping team might even send you a free doodle or hand-written note with your shipping receipt!   What company handwrites a thank you later for shopping with them. Now that is class and shows how much they appreciate your business. As long as I have fish in my life I will continue to shop at @aquariumcoop 🤓 Continue to keep up the great work Cory, Ali and the rest of the team. #fishfam #fishfamily #freshwaterfish #aquariumcoop #aquariumhobby A post shared by njblueram_kenortiz (@njblueram_kenortiz) on Feb 20, 2018 at 4:40pm PST I'm in Canada, Can I Order Easy Green too? Unfortunately, Cory doesn't ship directly to Canada (please bug him on my behalf to let us carry Aquarium Co-Op  gear in Canada, since we've offered in the past). Your best option is to ship to a border pickup place like At The Border Storage  (who we use) and drive down to pick it up. You shouldn't have any issues other than paying GST to bring it back if it's for your personal use. Last Thing, Give Me The Nerd Stats  My favorite, can do! Bottle Size  Volume of Aquarium Water Treated 8.45oz/250ml bottle treats 2,500 gallons 1 liter/1000ml bottle treats 10,000 gallons 2 liter/2000ml bottle treats 20,000 gallons     Breakdown of Easy Green ingredients: Ingredient Percentage Included Nitrogen (N) 1.34%  Phosphorous (P) 0.10%  Potassium (K) 3.89%  Magnesium (Mg) 0.39%  Sulphur (S) 0.45%  Boron (B) 0.01%  Boron (Cu - bad for shrimp when high) 0.00% Iron (Fe) 0.08% Manganese (Mn) 0.02%  Molybdenum (Mo) 0.00%  Zinc (Zn) 0.01%   Big Finish: Can You Bring It All Home For Me? In a nutshell, Aquarium Co-Op Easy Green is a solid and easy to use choice for growing aquarium plants. It's reasonably priced ($19.99 for a 250mL bottle that treats 2,500 gallons), super straightforward to use, and safe for use with fish, snails and shrimp. It lets you get back to enjoying your fish and crafting your aquascapes, and doesn't require you to worry about which of 7 different weird bottles of stuff might be running low if you'd chosen a competitor's system instead. Lastly, it's supported by a company that cares as much about its customers (#fishfam) and the hobby as it does on selling products. What do you have to lose? Easy Green All-In-One Fertilizer show-yes https://www.aquariumcoop.com/products/easy-green-all-in-one-fertilizer?ref=6 show-yes $19.99 11/30/2018 show-no Link to Flip Aquatics with affiliate link Show Flip Aquatics price (show-yes or show-no) Flip Aquatics price When price last updated show-no Link to Amazon from site stripe shopify_CA_1106167267385 1106167267385 new 20.00 CAD out of stock http://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/1677/5821/products/aquarium-coop-easygreen-new-pump_grande.png?v=1529325985 Aquarium Co-Op Easy Green and Easy Green Nano Fertilizer By Aquarium Co-Op: Product Review https://arcticlightsaquatics.com/products/easy-green-fertilizer-by-aquarium-co-op-product-review?variant=10129024909369 Easy Green and Easy Green Nano Fertilizer By Aquarium Co-Op: Product Review Default Title If you've kept live aquatic plants in your aquariums before (or want to), you've probably found out that unless your tank is extremely heavily stocked it's hard to keep plants alive for long without SOME form of fertilizer. When you first go looking for a fertilizer to use, however, you'll probably be faced with a confusing range of choices that can seem almost endless. Do you want to use a single product? Multiple products? Follow a dosing system? Just buy whatever the fish store has in stock? Hook up pumps and CO2 monitors?  Especially if you just want to keep some simple plants, the choices can make your head spin. I don't know about you, but life gets busy and I prefer to keep things easy when I have the chance. As a result, when my wife Erica and I decided to place an order with Cory at Aquarium Co-Op , I couldn't wait to see if Easy Green lived up to its name. Easy Green All-In-One Fertilizer show-yes https://www.aquariumcoop.com/products/easy-green-all-in-one-fertilizer?ref=6 show-yes $19.99 11/30/2018 show-no Link to Flip Aquatics with affiliate link Show Flip Aquatics price (show-yes or show-no) Flip Aquatics price When price last updated show-no Link to Amazon from site stripe What Is Easy Green? Easy Green is an all-in-one fertilizer designed to easily grow most of the plants that you and I keep in our aquariums.  Unlike fertilizer systems that require you to buy multiple bottles of product, make huge water changes each week, or turn your tank into algae farm if you don't use CO2 systems, Easy Green keeps this...well...easy! With a pump nozzle designed to keep most plants happy with just a pump of fertilizer per 10 gallons per week, it's really simple to use. If you keep nano-sized aquariums (less than 10 gallons), there's even a more diluted version called Easy Green Nano  that lets you dose at 1 pump per gallon instead. Who Is Easy Green Designed For? Cory at Aquarium Co-Op designed Easy Green to let people be as successful as possible at growing aquarium plants in their fish tanks. Though that might seem like an obvious statement, it's actually different from how some other companies sell their plant products. As an example of this, if you walk into most local fish stores the product line you'll most easily be able to find is generally the SeaChem line of fertilizers. When you try to choose one, however, you quickly find a bewildering list of choices. Need a "complete" fertilizer? Choose Flourish Comprehensive ....oh wait, except it barely has any nitrogen in it, so you'll probably wonder why your plants aren't actually growing very well unless you're so overstocked you barely needed fertilizer in the first place. Need more nitrogen? Choose Fluorish Nitrogen ...except how much should you dose? What about Flourish Trace ? Or Flourish Potassium ? When do you need to use those? Do I have to buy one? All of them? What do I use if I've never grown plants before? See the difference? If you're new to the hobby or just want to keep things simple, do what we did and just choose Easy Green . Follow the directions, and you can go back to actually enjoying your aquarium rather than playing mad scientist (or going broke buying things you're not actually sure if you need). How Do You Use Easy Green? If you buy right now, the pump heads included with each bottle of Easy Green currently deliver 1mL of fertilizer per pump. Each pump will treat 10 gallons of aquarium water for an average tank using low light plants. So: Size of aquarium Pumps of fertilizer required per week Volume of Easy Green if measured 5 gallons / 19L 1/2 pump of Easy Green or 5 pumps of Easy Green Nano  per week 0.5 mL 10 gallons / 38 L 1 pump of Easy Green per week 1 mL 20 gallons / 76 L 2 pumps of Easy Green  per week 2 mL 30 gallons / 114 L 3 pumps of Easy Green  per week 3 mL 40 gallons / 151 L 4 pumps of Easy Green  per week 4 mL 50 gallons / 189 L 5 pumps of Easy Green  per week 5 mL     ...etc, etc. Since every aquarium is different, let's take a quick look at how you might need to adjust the dosing for your particular aquarium Case 1: I'm getting too much algae If you're getting too much algae in your aquarium, you need to go back to what we call the "circle of algae" around here: the right amount of light the right amount of Co2 the right amount of flow the right amount of fertilizer First, queue the king:   Next, let's take those one at a time and see if we can sort you out. The Right Amount of Light Since plants need light in order to grow properly, the most important part of getting healthy plant growth (which is the #1 way to control algae) is to provide the proper type and amount of light. Do you have a decent aquarium light?  If not, maybe consider something like the Fluval 3.0 which we use and love (we wrote a review on it here ). The right type of light is critical to getting good plant growth. If you have a decent light, is it on for the same amount of time each day? If you have an adjustable light like the Fluval mentioned above, make sure it's set to a consistent schedule (start with 8 hours a day as a good starting point). If not, consider getting a simple timer like this one . Don't rely on turning a light on and off manually because you'll never been consistent enough to avoid an algae mess. The right amount of Co2 For most people, getting the right amount of CO2 (carbon dioxide) into their aquariums doesn't mean investing in a fancy CO2 regulator and making friends with the local welding shop for a tank and refill every few months. It just means getting enough air from the outside of the aquarium into the inside of the aquarium. Do you have one of the following?: an air stone a sponge filter a hang-on-back filter that breaks the surface of the tank with it's output ripples on the surface of your aquarium from a canister filter or sump? If so, then you're probably fine for growing most low and medium light plants. Extra CO2 can be great for getting outstanding growth RATES from plants, but you might not want to trim plants for hours each weekend. What CO2 generally doesn't do is markedly change the QUALITY of the plant growth. As a result, if you just want to grow plants, make sure you have a way of getting air into the aquarium but don't stress about getting bottled CO2 unless you actually want it. The right amount of flow/circulation in the aquarium This one isn't generally a problem for most people with good filters, but make sure there aren't any dead spots in the tank where the water isn't circulating. If the water isn't moving, then nutrients in the water can't get to the plants that need them. If all your plants are thriving except for ones in a corner or behind an object, think about changing things up so you don't have any areas of low flow. The right amount of fertilizer If all the above seem good, make sure that your plants aren't running out of fertilizer. If they are, algae is sure to become an issue. Though most tanks will be fine with the baseline dosing of 1 pump per 10 gallon per week, if you run a nitrate test  on your tank water and it comes back with no nitrates, the plants in your tank might be extra hungry and using up all the fertilizer. In the zero nitrate case, feel free to up the dosing to 2 pumps a week or even higher if they're still devouring everything. On the other hand, in the case that your nitrates are climbing steadily each week despite doing regular water changes, you might have easy going plants that don't need as much fertilizer. As a general rule, if your plants grow slowly, they don't need much "food". Too much fertilizer can also cause an algae issue, so the goal is ideally to "run out" of fertilizer right when you go to dose it again. So if you can keep your nitrates at 10ppm per week with your regular water changes and as soon as your start using 1 pump per week of Easy Green you're getting 15ppm on week 1, 20ppm on week 2, and 25 ppm on week 3 with the same water changes, you might only need one pump of Easy Green per 2 weeks instead of 1 per week. Don't stress out and change things too quickly, but if you're not getting the results you want, think about trying one of these options. Case 2: I have a Nano aquarium (under 10 gallon aquarium) If you're the thrifty kind you can just dose your nano aquarium using regular Easy Green and a fine 1 mL syringe or a swanky Aquarium Co-Op Shot Glass  at 0.1mL per gallon (same as 1 mL per 10 gallons), but that does take away from the "easy" part of Easy Green a little. To bring back the easy, Cory also sells a version of Easy Green that's called Easy Green Nano , and on that one you dispense 1 pump of Nano per gallon (rather than 1 pump per 10 gallons with the regular formulation). As you might suspect, and as Cory readily admits, Nano is just regular Easy Green diluted with 10 gallons of distilled water per 1 gallon of Easy Green. If you want to save some money, you can do this yourself too. That said, if you don't want the hassle of locating distilled water, by all means buy Easy Green Nano and keep your life simple. Case 3: My plants aren't growing like the used to If you were getting good growth for a while and then your plants stop growing like they used to, odds are you're just running out of fertilizer. After all, you wouldn't expect a baby goldfish to eat the same amount of food as an adult when it grows up, right? If you do a nitrate test and you're running 0 on nitrates, consider upping your fertilizer dosing as your plants fill in and get more demanding. Case 4: My Amazon swords (or other root feeding plants) aren't responding to Easy Green like my stem plants are Although most plants can absorb fertilizers from both their leaves and roots, some prefer one method over the other. With Amazon swords in particular, they really prefer absorbing nutrients through their roots. As a result, if some plants are growing better than others you might get better results with something like a root tab placed into the soil in addition to your regular Easy Green dosing. Case 4: I have medium light plants, not low light plants Medium lights generally grow quicker and need more "food" than low light plants do, so consider starting at 2 pumps per 10 gallons per week rather than 1.  Case 5: I want to add a CO2 system Cool, sounds great! The only adjustment you'll need to make is to add extra fertilizer so your plants don't run out of nutrients (since they'll be growing quicker). As with some of the cases above, if you do a  nitrate test  and you're running 0 on nitrates, consider upping your fertilizer dosing as your plants fill in. Case 6: I have a super heavily stocked tank (goldfish, anyone?) Erica and I are goldfish breeders , so we're used to having a ton of extra waste in our tanks. If you're anything like us, even in your planted tanks you've never run a  nitrate test  and and seen a 0 come up. Oh that it was possible lol! In our case, adding too much Easy Green could cause nitrate levels to get into the danger zone (>40ppm) if we weren't careful. As a result, we only add fertilizer when we see our plants struggling to grow or showing deficiencies. There have to be SOME benefits of having too much waste in the tank, right? A Note To Existing Easy Green Customers If you're reading this and have ordered Easy Green in the past, you should be aware that in the spring of 2018 Cory increased the concentration of Easy Green in order to reduce the impact of larger bottles on the environment and to reduce the shipping cost to you (smaller bottle, same amount of active fertilizer, smaller box). As a result, if you order one of the lower cost refill bottles , be sure to ask for a new pump head for your existing dispenser bottle (which they'll include at no cost). The older pump heads put out 2mL per pump to treat 10 gallons, whereas the new concentrated formulation only needs 1 mL per 10 gallons. To keep the easy 1 pump per 10 gallons, the new pump heads adjust the volume each pump puts out. Is Easy Green Any Good? In my opinion, it definitely is! We've seen great growth from our plants, and the dosing scheme really couldn't be any easier. I did a big purge of our fishroom last week and finally got rid of all the other dry fertilizer and liquid products that have built up over the years. I just don't use anything other than Easy Green anymore, so it was time to reclaim the shelf space! What Are People Saying About Easy Green? Don't just take my opinion on whether it works, and go over to the Aquarium Co-Op site to read some of the HUNDREDS of positive reviews: Read Aquarium Co-Op reviews by clicking here There are competitors out there that claim to sell similar products, but most of them have a dozen or so positive reviews at best. At the time of this writing, Easy Green had 550 5 star reviews and counting! Some of my favorites: "ok normally I dont write reviews, but this stuff works." "It isn't called easy green for nothing: a pump per gallon once weekly = happy plants." "I particularly like that it is colorless. The other brand I used in the past stained anywhere it dropped if not immediately cleaned up. So based on that alone I would give five stars here, but it also works great. Plants are growing like crazy. Thanks!" " In the past I have used the whole line of Seachem Ferts. Decided to try Easy Green to see how it compared. I am glad I did as I am seeing similar growth on my plants from using both fertilizers. The difference being the ease of using Easy Green." "My plants are doing great. The bba is gone" Is Easy Green Safe? Since most of us keep more than plants in our tanks, you might be wondering if Easy Green is safe for use in tanks with fish and other critters in them. In a nutshell, Easy Green has been successfully tested as safe to use with snails, fish (including fry), and shrimp. If you really went to town and overdosed it severely you could end up with a nitrate problem, but unlike other fertilizers which are concentrated to the point of being dangerous to dose, Easy Green is very straightforward and safe to use. If you're a fish or shrimp person who happens to like plants too, then you have nothing to worry about. Why Should I Buy Easy Green From Aquarium Co-Op? From a practical perspective, if you want to try Easy Green, you HAVE to order from Cory since he doesn't let other stores carry it yet.  That said, he and his team are some of the best folks in the industry to support, since they're always positive and helpful and genuinely care about the rest of us in the hobby. Their shipping is inexpensive and professional, and often rivals or beats even Amazon's legendary shipping times. We’re so excited to be getting our order of plants for the aquarium soon!! Thank you @aquariumcoop for being awesome!! #fishtank #liveaquaticplants #aquariumcoop A post shared by Mike Wright (@flashsenpai) on May 9, 2018 at 7:08pm PDT   Particularly if you believe in supporting independent stores that carry fish and care about more than just bottom line profits, you can buy from Aquarium Co-Op with no reservations.    Heck, if you're REALLY lucky their shipping team might even send you a free doodle or hand-written note with your shipping receipt!   What company handwrites a thank you later for shopping with them. Now that is class and shows how much they appreciate your business. As long as I have fish in my life I will continue to shop at @aquariumcoop 🤓 Continue to keep up the great work Cory, Ali and the rest of the team. #fishfam #fishfamily #freshwaterfish #aquariumcoop #aquariumhobby A post shared by njblueram_kenortiz (@njblueram_kenortiz) on Feb 20, 2018 at 4:40pm PST I'm in Canada, Can I Order Easy Green too? Unfortunately, Cory doesn't ship directly to Canada (please bug him on my behalf to let us carry Aquarium Co-Op  gear in Canada, since we've offered in the past). Your best option is to ship to a border pickup place like At The Border Storage  (who we use) and drive down to pick it up. You shouldn't have any issues other than paying GST to bring it back if it's for your personal use. Last Thing, Give Me The Nerd Stats  My favorite, can do! Bottle Size  Volume of Aquarium Water Treated 8.45oz/250ml bottle treats 2,500 gallons 1 liter/1000ml bottle treats 10,000 gallons 2 liter/2000ml bottle treats 20,000 gallons     Breakdown of Easy Green ingredients: Ingredient Percentage Included Nitrogen (N) 1.34%  Phosphorous (P) 0.10%  Potassium (K) 3.89%  Magnesium (Mg) 0.39%  Sulphur (S) 0.45%  Boron (B) 0.01%  Boron (Cu - bad for shrimp when high) 0.00% Iron (Fe) 0.08% Manganese (Mn) 0.02%  Molybdenum (Mo) 0.00%  Zinc (Zn) 0.01%   Big Finish: Can You Bring It All Home For Me? In a nutshell, Aquarium Co-Op Easy Green is a solid and easy to use choice for growing aquarium plants. It's reasonably priced ($19.99 for a 250mL bottle that treats 2,500 gallons), super straightforward to use, and safe for use with fish, snails and shrimp. It lets you get back to enjoying your fish and crafting your aquascapes, and doesn't require you to worry about which of 7 different weird bottles of stuff might be running low if you'd chosen a competitor's system instead. Lastly, it's supported by a company that cares as much about its customers (#fishfam) and the hobby as it does on selling products. What do you have to lose? Easy Green All-In-One Fertilizer show-yes https://www.aquariumcoop.com/products/easy-green-all-in-one-fertilizer?ref=6 show-yes $19.99 11/30/2018 show-no Link to Flip Aquatics with affiliate link Show Flip Aquatics price (show-yes or show-no) Flip Aquatics price When price last updated show-no Link to Amazon from site stripe shopify_CA_1106167267385 10129024909369 new 20.00 CAD out of stock http://cdn.shopify.com/s/assets/no-image-2048-5e88c1b20e087fb7bbe9a3771824e743c244f437e4f8ba93bbf7b11b53f7824c_grande.gif Aquarium Co-Op Fluval Nano 3.0 LED Planted Aquarium Light: Product Review https://arcticlightsaquatics.com/products/fluval-nano-3-0-led-light-product-review Fluval Nano 3.0 LED Planted Aquarium Light: Product Review You love nano tanks. You love the cool little rimless options.  You love love the easy size that fits anywhere into your house. You love the ease of maintenance that comes with a compact little tank. You love being able to setup and tear down scapes at will. You love the cool nano fish that just pop in small tanks. You DON'T love the bad lights though...you're done with having to run two or more terrible lights just to get enough illumination. If you're looking for a powerful LED light made just for you, check out the new Fluval Plant Nano , available now from Aquarium Co-Op (assuming people haven't beaten you to the light...they're tough to keep in stock). Want to know exactly what you're getting from the Fluval 3.0 Plant Spectum Nano? Then read on. Looking for a review of the full-szed Fluval Plant 3.0? Click here Fluval Plant 3.0 LED Nano show-yes https://www.aquariumcoop.com/collections/lights/products/fluval-plant-spectrum-led-nano?ref=6 show-yes $75.99 11/30/2018 show-no Link to Flip Aquatics with affiliate link Show Flip Aquatics price (show-yes or show-no) Flip Aquatics price When price last updated show-no Link to Amazon from site stripe You've Put Up With Terrible Nano Lights For Years, Haven't You? If you're a fan of nano aquariums (definitions vary, but let's say for sake of argument 10 gallons and smaller), you're probably used to getting the short end ot the stick in the lighting department. Cool tanks? Check. Amazing nano fish options? Check. Special fertilizer blends designed for small tanks? Check. High performance aquarium lights. Maybe not so much. Well, thankfully your prayers have been answered, since when Fluval released the new 3.0 Plant Spectrum light , they were quick to release a nano version as well. What Makes the Nano So Special Then? Most small light fixtures...heck most aquarium lights in general...are not dimmable. That means you have a choice of off or on, or on fancy ones off/on and a nightlight mode. If you don't want to end up with a bunch of algae, you need to run the light for only part of the day. Trying to remember to turn it on and off manually at the same time each day is a pain, and is one of the most common ways of ending up with too much algae. Therefore, most people end up running a light timer like one of these  Bluetooth smart outlets  if you have a lot of spare plugs... ...or a mechanical timer powerbar with room to add constant-on plugs for filters or heaters (I still have a bunch of these for my non-smart aquarium lights).   Those are okay, but the Fluval 3.0 Nano has both the timer functions AND the dimmer functions built right in. Heck, you can even customize the colour of the light to highlight your plants and fish in their best light! Why Does A Dimmer Matter? The dimmer feature matters quite a lot if you're a planted tank owner, since that way your plants are only getting the amount of light they need while also giving you the viewing time you want. After all, if the light isn't on when you want to enjoy the tank, it sort of starts to defeat the purpose of having a tank, doesn't it? If you're more of a fish person than a plant person, the Fluval 3.0 Nano still adds a really cool set of options to bring out the colours in the fish you keep the best. With 5 bands of coloured lights (pink, blue, cool white, pure white, warm white), you can pick the levels of each band (0-100%) that best highlight blues on cardinal tetras, yellows and reds on bettas, greens on green neons or rasboras, or whatever suits the fish you keep. You can also pick levels that best highlight your cool hardscape, so you can either allow the deep tannin glow of an Amazon biotope to shine through, or you can make a cool Seriyu stone or Dragon Ohko aquascape absolutely shine. Lastly, if you're a fish or shrimp breeder you'll appreciate that the ramp timer allows a very gradual transition from darkness to daylight so you won't scare the heck out of your fish as they snap on to 100% like happens with a mechanical timer. If you've ever noticed your fish flying around the tank when the lights first come on, you'll know what I'm talking about (reference: their eyes don't adjust like ours do ). Okay, So It's Got Lots of Features, But Is It Durable? Sure is.  In addition to having the best warranty in the business at 3 years vs the competitor's 6 months to 1 year (about the time those other fixtures start to lose LED emitters), the 3.0 is basically waterproof. Not "spray from an airstone" waterproof either...we're taking IP67 waterproof. That means you can (and a few YouTubers proved you can) dump the thing straight in the tank, go make a coffee, and when you come back it'll still be humming away happily. If you have animals or small kids that mess with your tanks on occassion, or even if you've been known to accidentally bump a light while doing a water change (not that I've ever done that or anything), this is a very useful bonus. When you combine that level of durability with the kick-butt customer service and free shipping that Cory and his team at Aquarium Co-Op provide, well, let's just say that you can't go too far wrong ordering on these Nano's  from them. If you're already sold than just click here to order your own , but if you want more details before you make up your mind then by all means read on. So How Does the Fluval 3.0 LED Nano Light Perform? Fluval totally set the bar on light performance with the old full size 2.0 fixture , and even in the Nano world the Aura High Output  or Eco Nano , so they didn't rock the boat too much when they designed the new 3.0. As a result, they seemed to concentrate mainly on upgrading the functionality of the light to give you exactly what you need without making you pay for more. In terms of raw light output, the rated lumen output and number of LED emitters is as listed in the little table below: Fluval 3.0 Length Nano 24" 36" 48" Lumens Produced 1000 lm 2350 lm 3300 lm 4250 lm LED Emitters 63 148 232 336   Lumens are commonly used in ads because they measure light levels as our human eyes see them. If you're just buying a fish viewing light that's fine, but if you want to know what's actually available to grow plants, that's a different story. To determine the usefulness of the light available to plants we need to turn to PAR (photosynthetically active radiation ). PAR is a measure of the amount of light available to be used during photosynthesis (the process by which plants harness energy from light  ), and while PAR itself isn't a perfect substitute, it's about the best we as hobbyists have at our disposal to use with commonly available measuring equipment. Though Fluval hasn't yet published official PAR numbers that I'm aware of for the Nano, our friend Cory at Aquarium Co-Op was nice enough to take some simple measurements in his preview YouTube video using an Apogee PAR meter  similar to the one linked below (and a planted 125 gallon aquarium): Using the Apogee PAR meter and his 125 gallon aquarium, Cory measured the performance of both an older Fluval 2.0 as well as the new 3.0 using 4 foot (48") light bars. While the old 2.0 produced 32 to 33 PAR on that tank, the newer 3.0 produced 27 PAR at that same depth on that same day (1 PAR on just the red lights alone). Fluval LED Fixture PAR Measurement at bottom of 125 gallon Aquarium (~18-20" deep filled with water and including substrate) 2.0 32-33 PAR 3.0 27 PAR 3.0 (red only) 1 PAR     How Will the Nano Perform Then? Since I don't have PAR numbers to go off of, it's tough to say exactly, but you can be sure it'll grow most plants just fine. Since your Nano tank is generally going to be much more compact that a larger aquarium, you have a lot more light to play with. After all, light intensity falls off quickly with depth, and you don't have to worry about depth nearly as much with a smaller tank. Since you can control the intensity and duration of the light easily with the 3.0, you should be good to go in terms of creating whatever aquascaping masterpiece you want. I'm currently scheming some schemes to come up with exact PAR values on this light, and I'll post them here as soon as they're available.  Questions About the Fluval 3.0 How Does the Fluval Nano attach to the Tank? Unlike the previous Fluval Nano which relied on double sided tape as an attachment and thus wasn't very portable from tank to tank, the new 3.0-based Nano uses clamps to attach the light. What Sort of Glass Thickness Does The Tank Need To Have to Use a Fluval 3.0 Nano? That clamp is adjustable for tank glass widths from 3mm to 8mm. How Adjustable is the Attachment for the Fluval Nano? In a word...very. The brackets that hold the light adjust over a wide range,  and will place the middle of the light anywhere from 5" to 8" from the edge of the tank. How Would I Best Setup A CO2 (carbon dioxide) System to Run With the Fluval Nano? Each tank will take it's own special tuning, but a good place to start would be to have CO2 to come on midway through sunrise, and off midway through sunset. What's the FluvalSmart Mobile App Like? I like it! If you want to get a detailed look at how to use the app and what I think of it, just click here or on the image below to get a detailed look at the FluvalSmart app. Overall, however,  it's a good product with the potential to be amazing with a only few small nudges in the right direction. Either way, it's a big step up from the old   Fluval 2.0 Wifi Controller . What's the Life Expectancy of the Fluval 3.0? 50,000 hours is the theoretical life of the LEDs, which works out to about 6 years. That number is a lab figure however, and generally assumes you don't actually turn them on and off (which I'm prone to do on occasion). Practically, the life expectancy should still be a number of years in reality, and the light comes with a 3 year warranty that hints at its expected lifespan. How Wide of a Light Beam Does the Fluval 3.0 Nano Project? The LEDs used here are known as "120 degree" LEDs, which is a pretty comfortable viewing width on most tanks. That spread means that it can handle a relatively wide tank front to back, and it targets at least an 18" front to back aquarium depth.  This ideal can vary based on how high above the tank bottom you suspend the light (greater distances allowing for a wider tank), but just remember that the effectiveness of the light drops off quicker at greater heights. Most LED lights are very directional, and the 120 degree choice was made to avoid some of the dead spot issues that other fixtures can create when the light is either too short for, or not versatile enough for, the average aquarium. How Hot Does the Fluval 3.0 Nano Get in Operation? Though it's not hot enough to be uncomfortable to hold, I did find the light to get surprisingly warm in operation. It's apparently designed to get a little warmer to accommodate the choice of LEDs, but being used to lower-powered setups I did at least notice the higher operating temperature . The full aluminum shell is durable, but also acts as a heat sink to get heat away from the LEDs where it can otherwise cause damage, so that's a plus. Since the LEDs themselves are not causing the heat to be generated like a fluorescent bulb would be doing, there shouldn't be any issues with the 3.0 causing your tank to warm up (heat rises and all that good stuff). Can the Blue Light Ramp Down From Say 20% to 0% After a Couple of Hours or Can It Only Be Completely On or Completely Off? Only on at some level or off right now, unfortunately, though as noted above in the article this might be a feature for future free updates of the app. I'm Also In Canada, When Can I Get My Hot Little Hands on a Fluval 3.0 Nano? All Fluval will say as of the time of this writing is "Fall 2018". It might do you well to check their website to keep an eye on things (or your favourite social media channel). When Will the Nano Light Be Available in Europe? They're not even hinting there yet, so as above check their website to keep an eye on things . How Does the Light Know What Time It Is? This is set by the phone or tablet you use to program the light. You don't need to set the time manually, but you may need to re-export the program to the light after each time change if you want the light to be on the "new" time change. How Does the Light Handle Dimming the LEDs? It actually doesn't dim the output of the LEDs, but instead rapidly flashes the light on an off. It can make for some funny visual effects when recorded on video as a result, where the frame rate of the camera makes the light seem "flickery". Does the Fluval 3.0 Nano Come With a Physical Remote Control? No, though there's a manual control button, the mobile Bluetooth app replaces previous physical remote controls. Reaching Out To the #FishFam For Other Opinions Pecktec on the Fluval 3.0 Nano If you don't have time to watch the entire video right now, just be assured that his initial review of the out-of-the-box quality was very positive. Overall, he appreciated the degree of programmability, and said it had "all kinds of options for confusing the hell out of your plants" (I got a kick out of that quote!) So I'm Interested in the Light Itself, But What Was It Like to Order From Aquarium Co-Op? Look for a detailed article soon to outline exactly what it was like, but in a nutshell it was a pretty straightforward and pleasant experience. Unfortunately, Cory doesn't ship directly to Canada (please bug him on my behalf to let us carry Aquarium Co-Op  gear in Canada, since we've offered in the past). That means in order to order Fluval 3.0 lights , his house brand foods , or EasyGreen fertilizer for delivery to Canada you need to order off his website and have the items shipped to a location in the United States for pickup. For our part, we chose At The Border Storage in Montana as the closest place to ship to, which for us is about 4 hours drive away. Erica and her mum drove down on Friday since she had the day off (At The Border Storage is only open on the weekend one day per month), picked up the 3 packages at a cost of $5 each, and drove them home. The only additional charge she encountered at the border was to pay 5% GST since we live in Alberta. Shipping from Aquarium Co-Op to Montana was free since the order value was over $75. There was no real fuss, the tracking numbers worked well, and I used Facebook Messenger notifications to keep in touch with shipping the whole way (thanks to Allie and her team in shipping at Aquarium Co-Op!). Summary - Is The Fluval 3.0 Nano LED Aquarium Light Worth Buying? Is #fluvalstrippin?  Do you like getting compliments on your tanks? If so, buy this light. In my mind, the 3.0 Nano is a great deal if you want a light you can be proud of, and that will make people stop and stare at your nano tanks.  The light itself is incredibly well built, waterproof, customizable to the degree I need it to be, uses modern tech, and is priced competitively.  All in all, I'd highly suggest going over the Aquarium Co-Op and picking up a Fluval Plant Nano  before they're all sold out (talking to the team, it seems that they're having trouble staying in stock because everyone wants them).   Fluval Plant 3.0 LED Nano show-yes https://www.aquariumcoop.com/collections/lights/products/fluval-plant-spectrum-led-nano?ref=6 show-yes $75.99 11/30/2018 show-no Link to Flip Aquatics with affiliate link Show Flip Aquatics price (show-yes or show-no) Flip Aquatics price When price last updated show-no Link to Amazon from site stripe powered by Typeform shopify_CA_655330115641 655330115641 new 0.00 CAD in stock http://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/1677/5821/products/fluval-plant-3-0-led-nano-unboxed_grande.jpg?v=1543608388 Aquarium Co-Op LED Light Fluval Nano 3.0 LED Planted Aquarium Light: Product Review https://arcticlightsaquatics.com/products/fluval-nano-3-0-led-light-product-review?variant=7596865028153 Fluval Nano 3.0 LED Planted Aquarium Light: Product Review Default Title You love nano tanks. You love the cool little rimless options.  You love love the easy size that fits anywhere into your house. You love the ease of maintenance that comes with a compact little tank. You love being able to setup and tear down scapes at will. You love the cool nano fish that just pop in small tanks. You DON'T love the bad lights though...you're done with having to run two or more terrible lights just to get enough illumination. If you're looking for a powerful LED light made just for you, check out the new Fluval Plant Nano , available now from Aquarium Co-Op (assuming people haven't beaten you to the light...they're tough to keep in stock). Want to know exactly what you're getting from the Fluval 3.0 Plant Spectum Nano? Then read on. Looking for a review of the full-szed Fluval Plant 3.0? Click here Fluval Plant 3.0 LED Nano show-yes https://www.aquariumcoop.com/collections/lights/products/fluval-plant-spectrum-led-nano?ref=6 show-yes $75.99 11/30/2018 show-no Link to Flip Aquatics with affiliate link Show Flip Aquatics price (show-yes or show-no) Flip Aquatics price When price last updated show-no Link to Amazon from site stripe You've Put Up With Terrible Nano Lights For Years, Haven't You? If you're a fan of nano aquariums (definitions vary, but let's say for sake of argument 10 gallons and smaller), you're probably used to getting the short end ot the stick in the lighting department. Cool tanks? Check. Amazing nano fish options? Check. Special fertilizer blends designed for small tanks? Check. High performance aquarium lights. Maybe not so much. Well, thankfully your prayers have been answered, since when Fluval released the new 3.0 Plant Spectrum light , they were quick to release a nano version as well. What Makes the Nano So Special Then? Most small light fixtures...heck most aquarium lights in general...are not dimmable. That means you have a choice of off or on, or on fancy ones off/on and a nightlight mode. If you don't want to end up with a bunch of algae, you need to run the light for only part of the day. Trying to remember to turn it on and off manually at the same time each day is a pain, and is one of the most common ways of ending up with too much algae. Therefore, most people end up running a light timer like one of these  Bluetooth smart outlets  if you have a lot of spare plugs... ...or a mechanical timer powerbar with room to add constant-on plugs for filters or heaters (I still have a bunch of these for my non-smart aquarium lights).   Those are okay, but the Fluval 3.0 Nano has both the timer functions AND the dimmer functions built right in. Heck, you can even customize the colour of the light to highlight your plants and fish in their best light! Why Does A Dimmer Matter? The dimmer feature matters quite a lot if you're a planted tank owner, since that way your plants are only getting the amount of light they need while also giving you the viewing time you want. After all, if the light isn't on when you want to enjoy the tank, it sort of starts to defeat the purpose of having a tank, doesn't it? If you're more of a fish person than a plant person, the Fluval 3.0 Nano still adds a really cool set of options to bring out the colours in the fish you keep the best. With 5 bands of coloured lights (pink, blue, cool white, pure white, warm white), you can pick the levels of each band (0-100%) that best highlight blues on cardinal tetras, yellows and reds on bettas, greens on green neons or rasboras, or whatever suits the fish you keep. You can also pick levels that best highlight your cool hardscape, so you can either allow the deep tannin glow of an Amazon biotope to shine through, or you can make a cool Seriyu stone or Dragon Ohko aquascape absolutely shine. Lastly, if you're a fish or shrimp breeder you'll appreciate that the ramp timer allows a very gradual transition from darkness to daylight so you won't scare the heck out of your fish as they snap on to 100% like happens with a mechanical timer. If you've ever noticed your fish flying around the tank when the lights first come on, you'll know what I'm talking about (reference: their eyes don't adjust like ours do ). Okay, So It's Got Lots of Features, But Is It Durable? Sure is.  In addition to having the best warranty in the business at 3 years vs the competitor's 6 months to 1 year (about the time those other fixtures start to lose LED emitters), the 3.0 is basically waterproof. Not "spray from an airstone" waterproof either...we're taking IP67 waterproof. That means you can (and a few YouTubers proved you can) dump the thing straight in the tank, go make a coffee, and when you come back it'll still be humming away happily. If you have animals or small kids that mess with your tanks on occassion, or even if you've been known to accidentally bump a light while doing a water change (not that I've ever done that or anything), this is a very useful bonus. When you combine that level of durability with the kick-butt customer service and free shipping that Cory and his team at Aquarium Co-Op provide, well, let's just say that you can't go too far wrong ordering on these Nano's  from them. If you're already sold than just click here to order your own , but if you want more details before you make up your mind then by all means read on. So How Does the Fluval 3.0 LED Nano Light Perform? Fluval totally set the bar on light performance with the old full size 2.0 fixture , and even in the Nano world the Aura High Output  or Eco Nano , so they didn't rock the boat too much when they designed the new 3.0. As a result, they seemed to concentrate mainly on upgrading the functionality of the light to give you exactly what you need without making you pay for more. In terms of raw light output, the rated lumen output and number of LED emitters is as listed in the little table below: Fluval 3.0 Length Nano 24" 36" 48" Lumens Produced 1000 lm 2350 lm 3300 lm 4250 lm LED Emitters 63 148 232 336   Lumens are commonly used in ads because they measure light levels as our human eyes see them. If you're just buying a fish viewing light that's fine, but if you want to know what's actually available to grow plants, that's a different story. To determine the usefulness of the light available to plants we need to turn to PAR (photosynthetically active radiation ). PAR is a measure of the amount of light available to be used during photosynthesis (the process by which plants harness energy from light  ), and while PAR itself isn't a perfect substitute, it's about the best we as hobbyists have at our disposal to use with commonly available measuring equipment. Though Fluval hasn't yet published official PAR numbers that I'm aware of for the Nano, our friend Cory at Aquarium Co-Op was nice enough to take some simple measurements in his preview YouTube video using an Apogee PAR meter  similar to the one linked below (and a planted 125 gallon aquarium): Using the Apogee PAR meter and his 125 gallon aquarium, Cory measured the performance of both an older Fluval 2.0 as well as the new 3.0 using 4 foot (48") light bars. While the old 2.0 produced 32 to 33 PAR on that tank, the newer 3.0 produced 27 PAR at that same depth on that same day (1 PAR on just the red lights alone). Fluval LED Fixture PAR Measurement at bottom of 125 gallon Aquarium (~18-20" deep filled with water and including substrate) 2.0 32-33 PAR 3.0 27 PAR 3.0 (red only) 1 PAR     How Will the Nano Perform Then? Since I don't have PAR numbers to go off of, it's tough to say exactly, but you can be sure it'll grow most plants just fine. Since your Nano tank is generally going to be much more compact that a larger aquarium, you have a lot more light to play with. After all, light intensity falls off quickly with depth, and you don't have to worry about depth nearly as much with a smaller tank. Since you can control the intensity and duration of the light easily with the 3.0, you should be good to go in terms of creating whatever aquascaping masterpiece you want. I'm currently scheming some schemes to come up with exact PAR values on this light, and I'll post them here as soon as they're available.  Questions About the Fluval 3.0 How Does the Fluval Nano attach to the Tank? Unlike the previous Fluval Nano which relied on double sided tape as an attachment and thus wasn't very portable from tank to tank, the new 3.0-based Nano uses clamps to attach the light. What Sort of Glass Thickness Does The Tank Need To Have to Use a Fluval 3.0 Nano? That clamp is adjustable for tank glass widths from 3mm to 8mm. How Adjustable is the Attachment for the Fluval Nano? In a word...very. The brackets that hold the light adjust over a wide range,  and will place the middle of the light anywhere from 5" to 8" from the edge of the tank. How Would I Best Setup A CO2 (carbon dioxide) System to Run With the Fluval Nano? Each tank will take it's own special tuning, but a good place to start would be to have CO2 to come on midway through sunrise, and off midway through sunset. What's the FluvalSmart Mobile App Like? I like it! If you want to get a detailed look at how to use the app and what I think of it, just click here or on the image below to get a detailed look at the FluvalSmart app. Overall, however,  it's a good product with the potential to be amazing with a only few small nudges in the right direction. Either way, it's a big step up from the old   Fluval 2.0 Wifi Controller . What's the Life Expectancy of the Fluval 3.0? 50,000 hours is the theoretical life of the LEDs, which works out to about 6 years. That number is a lab figure however, and generally assumes you don't actually turn them on and off (which I'm prone to do on occasion). Practically, the life expectancy should still be a number of years in reality, and the light comes with a 3 year warranty that hints at its expected lifespan. How Wide of a Light Beam Does the Fluval 3.0 Nano Project? The LEDs used here are known as "120 degree" LEDs, which is a pretty comfortable viewing width on most tanks. That spread means that it can handle a relatively wide tank front to back, and it targets at least an 18" front to back aquarium depth.  This ideal can vary based on how high above the tank bottom you suspend the light (greater distances allowing for a wider tank), but just remember that the effectiveness of the light drops off quicker at greater heights. Most LED lights are very directional, and the 120 degree choice was made to avoid some of the dead spot issues that other fixtures can create when the light is either too short for, or not versatile enough for, the average aquarium. How Hot Does the Fluval 3.0 Nano Get in Operation? Though it's not hot enough to be uncomfortable to hold, I did find the light to get surprisingly warm in operation. It's apparently designed to get a little warmer to accommodate the choice of LEDs, but being used to lower-powered setups I did at least notice the higher operating temperature . The full aluminum shell is durable, but also acts as a heat sink to get heat away from the LEDs where it can otherwise cause damage, so that's a plus. Since the LEDs themselves are not causing the heat to be generated like a fluorescent bulb would be doing, there shouldn't be any issues with the 3.0 causing your tank to warm up (heat rises and all that good stuff). Can the Blue Light Ramp Down From Say 20% to 0% After a Couple of Hours or Can It Only Be Completely On or Completely Off? Only on at some level or off right now, unfortunately, though as noted above in the article this might be a feature for future free updates of the app. I'm Also In Canada, When Can I Get My Hot Little Hands on a Fluval 3.0 Nano? All Fluval will say as of the time of this writing is "Fall 2018". It might do you well to check their website to keep an eye on things (or your favourite social media channel). When Will the Nano Light Be Available in Europe? They're not even hinting there yet, so as above check their website to keep an eye on things . How Does the Light Know What Time It Is? This is set by the phone or tablet you use to program the light. You don't need to set the time manually, but you may need to re-export the program to the light after each time change if you want the light to be on the "new" time change. How Does the Light Handle Dimming the LEDs? It actually doesn't dim the output of the LEDs, but instead rapidly flashes the light on an off. It can make for some funny visual effects when recorded on video as a result, where the frame rate of the camera makes the light seem "flickery". Does the Fluval 3.0 Nano Come With a Physical Remote Control? No, though there's a manual control button, the mobile Bluetooth app replaces previous physical remote controls. Reaching Out To the #FishFam For Other Opinions Pecktec on the Fluval 3.0 Nano If you don't have time to watch the entire video right now, just be assured that his initial review of the out-of-the-box quality was very positive. Overall, he appreciated the degree of programmability, and said it had "all kinds of options for confusing the hell out of your plants" (I got a kick out of that quote!) So I'm Interested in the Light Itself, But What Was It Like to Order From Aquarium Co-Op? Look for a detailed article soon to outline exactly what it was like, but in a nutshell it was a pretty straightforward and pleasant experience. Unfortunately, Cory doesn't ship directly to Canada (please bug him on my behalf to let us carry Aquarium Co-Op  gear in Canada, since we've offered in the past). That means in order to order Fluval 3.0 lights , his house brand foods , or EasyGreen fertilizer for delivery to Canada you need to order off his website and have the items shipped to a location in the United States for pickup. For our part, we chose At The Border Storage in Montana as the closest place to ship to, which for us is about 4 hours drive away. Erica and her mum drove down on Friday since she had the day off (At The Border Storage is only open on the weekend one day per month), picked up the 3 packages at a cost of $5 each, and drove them home. The only additional charge she encountered at the border was to pay 5% GST since we live in Alberta. Shipping from Aquarium Co-Op to Montana was free since the order value was over $75. There was no real fuss, the tracking numbers worked well, and I used Facebook Messenger notifications to keep in touch with shipping the whole way (thanks to Allie and her team in shipping at Aquarium Co-Op!). 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