Nathan Hill checks out this new lighting unit aimed at the nano aquarium.
This is an unusual piece of kit, if only for the instructions, which I’m advised to read if only to note such unfortunate pearlers as 'make sure the firm installation' that lurk on the pages.
The light is actually pretty tidy. At first I thought I’d been given Predator’s shoulder cannon to play with, but then realised that I had a pretty versatile all-round light.
I’m on the fence about it being powerful enough for decent plant growth, but I’m reluctant to use it solo on my prized planted nano. In tandem with other lights it seems to do fine, but then so would a candle, given how much other illumination I’m using.
However, if after moveable lighting in a 60cm/2’ tank, or even a booster for a larger aquarium, this could be the way forward. With 54 LEDs in the now familiar style of being built onto a fluorescent-tube style of fitting, there’s a nice spread of light.
The supporting bracket that holds it on is pretty swish, allowing more than just rotation. You can also, to an extent, adjust the forward reach and elevation above the tank, and I suspect this design will find a few fans in the smaller tank community too.
On the flip side, opening the thing up to access the tube is a nightmare. Although watertight (IP X7 rated), you’ll need a screwdriver to get inside and that’s a turn-off.
Running costs are negligible, which is a definite plus. At a money-saving 4w of consumption, I can see these being gobbled up by keepers who are on pretty meagre budgets.
And, as the instructions rightly say, 'many kinds of specifications and light and multiple colours can be choose.'
Price: £24.99 from AllPond Solutions.
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