Neptune GRO Refugeum light

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Stumbled upon the 'new' Neptune GRO refugeum light...

Hm.

I've got a Zetlight E200s. same 84 leds, same spectrum, same dimensions, even the mount is the same... and the Zetlight has disappeared from BRS's website, discontinued. Re-printed the glass, in the same place, with Neptune, and replaced the white rubber rim with an orange one.

Still, I have to say, the Zetlight grows chaetomorpha just fine. Plugged into a DC24v port on the Apex, you've got one less app to deal with, one less directly connected wifi device. Wonder if we can buy the Apex cable and retrofit the old Zetlight?


 
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At 130 bucks it is relatively cheap. You can pre order on saltwateraquarium.com. I light my fuge from the side. It does seem like it is just a rebranding though. Shady in deed.
Yeah, price isn't bad, and $20 cheaper than the Zetlight was...

Shady? Aww... Neptune certainly isn't the only ones rebranding equipment in their name. Business as usual.
 

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Yeah, price isn't bad, and $20 cheaper than the Zetlight was...

Shady? Aww... Neptune certainly isn't the only ones rebranding equipment in their name. Business as usual.
$20 bucks cheaper is a deal. I need a second one for the other side of my sump and it seems perfect. I have an Amazon grow light that gets really hot. Even if it if just rebranded I'm ok with it.
 
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Yea Terrence said in the video they did not make it, they worked with another company to integrate it with the Apex. He didn’t say, but it’s obviously Zetlight. I think it looks pretty good. If I wasn’t using an algae reactor I’d probably pick one up. I like the pipe mount.
 

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I am thing there are going to be a number of good used refugium lights on the market about when I will be needing one.
Most likely, but I am very nervous about buying second hand grow lights. They are run and used in a harsher environment inside a cabinet.
 

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Yea Terrence said in the video they did not make it, they worked with another company to integrate it with the Apex. He didn’t say, but it’s obviously Zetlight. I think it looks pretty good. If I wasn’t using an algae reactor I’d probably pick one up. I like the pipe mount.
The more I think about the more I like it. By them rebranding a proven item and making it compatible with the Apex, the more I like it. There shouldn't be any production nor QC issues. This is actually great news in my opinion.
 
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I just pre ordered one and let's see how it does. Will be replacing a H380.
Would be interested in your perspective. My H380 hasn't been the last thing in reliability (on my third). I wonder how water proof the GRO is?
 

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I am guessing they put the H380 really low to make the comparison:
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My concern would be penetration power into a nice thick chaeto chunk
 

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Would be interested in your perspective. My H380 hasn't been the last thing in reliability (on my third). I wonder how water proof the GRO is?
I will definitely let you know. My H380 has its moments from time to time, but I good breakdown and compressed air cleaning has brought it back to life.

At only 20 watts I'd like to see what ots capable of growing myself.
 

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I am very interested in this light.

I do not understand why people seem so negative with "re-branding". Whether a company has bought out a company or product and then put their name on it (they can, they own it now), or they simply bought the rights to build a product and put their name on it, who cares? That is not shady business. In fact it's a business practice as old as time. Much of what people buy are "re-branded", they just don't know it.
 
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I will definitely let you know. My H380 has its moments from time to time, but I good breakdown and compressed air cleaning has brought it back to life.

At only 20 watts I'd like to see what ots capable of growing myself.

Ah, I failed to note that it is 20 Watts. Following.
 

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I am very interested in this light.

I do not understand why people seem so negative with "re-branding". Whether a company has bought out a company or product and then put their name on it (they can, they own it now), or they simply bought the rights to build a product and put their name on it, who cares? That is not shady business. In fact it's a business practice as old as time. Much of what people buy are "re-branded", they just don't know it.

Completely agree. Brand names get slapped onto OEM stuff all the time, whether TVs or aquarium kit. BRS doesn’t make the heaters that carry their name .... frankly I wouldn’t want them to.
 

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Completely agree. Brand names get slapped onto OEM stuff all the time, whether TVs or aquarium kit. BRS doesn’t make the heaters that carry their name .... frankly I wouldn’t want them to.
Same here. I'd just rather purchase the real thing.

Some rebranded stuff still holds its true to form build. I've never used a Zet light for a fuge, but for the price and being able to keep it off 1 inch off the fuge water line I just couldn't pass it up.
 

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Refuium lights and me don’t mix well. I pre ordered the light yesterday. Hope to keep it low and out of the way and that salt splashes don’t kill it. Im actually excited for the light.

Neptune did say it had couple little changes to make it theirs but it was a rebranded product
 

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I was on the GRO NSI test team for 7 months before they announced the product yesterday. It's a good light, has a great mounting system, and my chaeto has grown extremely well with it. And I love being able to connect it to the 2-pin 24v DC Accessory port instead of wasting one of my 120v AC EnergyBar outlets. Don't let the 20 watt rating fool you...it puts out a ton of light.
 
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