Aquarium LED Review: Finnex Planted+ 24/7

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LED fixtures in aquariums have never been hotter. This isn’t just because of how they look – a big part of their popularity is because of technological advances in the product. You may remember that all fixtures required several different-sized light bulbs that emitted a certain amount of light. It took a fair bit of calculation to figure out just how much light was required to grow a certain type of plant.

While those fixtures still exist, a lot of aquarists are converting to LED light fixtures for several reasons. First of all, LED fixtures enable complete control of the color spectrum, so you can bring out the colors of your fish, plants, or décor. LED fixtures also use less power, and those who are running multiple tanks have felt the electric bill pain caused by conventional lighting fixtures. And because LED fixtures are changing and growing by leaps and bounds, they offer the same amount of light to a tank at half the cost.

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One of the most popular Aquarium LED controllers is the Finnex Planted+ 24/7. It comes in several size options: 20 inch, 30 inch, 36 inch, and 48 inch. The cost for these fixtures is relatively inexpensive in comparison to others on the market – one of these fixtures will cost $65 to $130, depending on the length.

Each Finnex Planted+ 24/7 comes equipped with a remote control, which allows the aquarist to choose between white, red, blue or purple lights, or a combination of all.  It also has preset buttons that allow you to mimic the light patterns of weather conditions, such as a thunderstorm, cloudy day, or sunny day.

But perhaps the coolest feature of this light is its 24/7 feature. Just like the name suggests, you can control the light spectrum of different times of the day. Start with a sunrise at 6am, gradually growing “warmer” until noon when it lights up at “full sun.” The afternoon fades into a beautiful red/orange sunset, and finally descends into an overnight moonlight blue. Finnex Planted will automatically rotate these lights for you, giving your fish a realistic habitat, all while allowing you to view them any time of day.

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If you don’t want the Finnex Planted to run through the patterns of day on its own, use the remote control to pick the lighting setting you like best. As if all the aforementioned features weren’t enough, it also offers four memory slots where you can customize your own variation of lights to go through the day.

The Finnex Planted+ 24/7 lights generate 7000 K, which is optimum for plant growth. While your tank looks gorgeous, it also provides optimal growing light without the need for additional timers. It’s capable of growing low-, medium-, and high-light plants – and you don’t need an advanced math degree to figure it all out.

If you’ve got a display tank, I recommend picking up a Finnex Planted. You’ll love the look, your plants will love the light, and your guests will be amazed with the overall effect. With a reasonable price point and easy setup, there’s no downside with the Finnex Planted+ LED 24/7 system.

Summer Davis is the mom of three kids, four dogs, and several tanks of fish. She boasts a passion for all animals, whether they are in the water or on land. This fish aficionado has kept many different species in her time, but holds a special place in her heart for wild and domestic bettas. When she’s not talking about fish, Summer “spins” her extra time as the director of a baton twirling organization.