Reefbreeders photon V2 review

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  1. Velcro

    Velcro Valuable Member

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    Annnnnnnnd now I know what the photon looks like over my tank :) I ended up buying two and I absolutely love them. I have them hung about 20" up running something similar to the SPS AB+ (same percentages as the radion version). I see zero color separation. I am currently running 40% royal blue, 40% cool blue, 40% violet, 10%white, 10%red and 10% green. This is basically the SPS AB+ profile at 40%.

    I LOVE the way the tank looks at 100%blues and 24%white/green/red so I hope to get there slowly.




    Here are some pictures:

    All channels 100% (this about about 500+ par most parts of the tank :-o)





    My favorite blend (100 on RB, blue, violet. 20ish on whites, reds, greens) This provides around 350 par everywhere in the tank IIRC.



    All blues 100%, 10% red and green, 0% white



    SPS pics taken under the SPS AB+ profile.
     
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    Velcro Valuable Member

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    Here's 20 days of tierra del fuego growth under the photon V2 fixtures.

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    Looking good!
     
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    Neo Jeo Valuable Member R2R Supporter Build Thread Contributor

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    How are those mounts working out? Im trying to find a better way on hanging my V2 48"
     
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    Mount worked perfectly. I have switched to a floating canopy with t5 and kessil. Still highly recommend the photon as well.
     
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    I have been running the same two lights over my 125 and really like them compared to my old t5’s. I don’t see any color separation either and I love the shimmer they give. I run mine approx 10” above the tank. That’s impressive growth you got in 3 weeks. :)
     
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    Velcro Valuable Member

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    That thing went nuts from a good 6 months. Got huge fast.
     
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    Neo Jeo Valuable Member R2R Supporter Build Thread Contributor

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    So 10" is about normal then for the height?
     
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    Velcro Valuable Member

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    I liked 18" personally.
     
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    Neo Jeo Valuable Member R2R Supporter Build Thread Contributor

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    That not to far for the corals?
     
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    Velcro Valuable Member

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    You need to bump up power accordingly, but I had no issue having 200 par at the sandbed with lights that high.
     
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    These look great. Thanks for the pictures. You have a beautiful tank.

    With the lights that high, how is the spill into the room? I am looking for lights next to a couch and along side a TV - so I probably cant go that high.

    What would you say is the lowest you could run them and still get good blending?

    Thanks!
     
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    Neo Jeo Valuable Member R2R Supporter Build Thread Contributor

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    88EA4B37-E546-42F0-A80D-8B9DF364BD2A.jpeg Just got my V2 up!
     
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    Looks good!
     
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    Nice!
     
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    chargingxray Member R2R Supporter

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    That looks awesome! Have you seen the new ReefBreeders Photon V2+ that came out? They look really nice have been looking into them. I also really like the radions G4 but the price is what holds me back.
     
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    I liked the spread and color blending of the photons more than my radions. Have to hang the photons high for best results
     
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    chargingxray Member R2R Supporter

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    Ok I'm in the market for some new leds I have ocean revives at the time. Crazy to hear you the RB over the Radions. Do the RB have good coral growth? I have an apex and like that the radions can be controlled with the apex always a hard decision
     
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    I switched from the photon v2 to ATI t5 and saw no difference in color and growth. I think that says a lot for these fixtures
     
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    chargingxray Member R2R Supporter

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    If you don’t mind me asking what made you switch from led to T5?
     
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