Sell me on the photon v2’s… please…

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Hello,

may I have some pics of systems running v2’s & some info from first hand users?

are you overall pleased with the lights? Pros / cons?

any issues with software / glitches?

do they seem do grow high quality coral & nems? I don’t care about light shows, bells / whistles, etc…

thoughts on going with v2+? I’m looking for something with a remote… tired of messing with glitchy apps…

size lights for for 60x24x22 mainly sps & nems?
 

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I replaced a 6 bulb t5 unit with the 32 version and haven't skipped a beat. My tank is only sps barebottom with emphasis on acros. My corals are colorful and growing like crazy.
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I think you will be happy with the lights.
The controller works just fine but each individual channel has to be programmed so I suggest using a sheet of paper to get everything right. I had to replace the wi-fi board on 1 unit but it was easy & service if needed is no problem. I would look at the 50" model.
 
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Thanks for the feedback… I’m debating on making the switch… I ran older versions of the Reefbreeders a handful of years ago and liked them. I purchased some lights for my new setup and not thrilled with them. They make the tank look great, but I think all the bells and whistles are just more fail points… possibly the reason they went down twice in 2 months? So much for high end lights…

I just want something dependable, makes the tank look good, and grows nice coral… I don’t give a rip about lightning, hurricanes, solar plexus, or any of that stuff..
 

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If you dont want any control I would probably lean towards led reef bars like orphek or quantareef among others. Use the mount to link then together or aluminum bar and either putlet timers or a smart outlet just to control on and off. No bells and whistles just on and off. https://orphek.com/or3-hybrid-reef-aquarium-led-bar/
 

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Does not disappoint.
The actual remote is clunky once you program it once it's done. I just upgraded to the pro version and I can control it on my phone. The app is Flawless once it's connected and it's so much better the program.
 

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I think you will be happy with the lights.
The controller works just fine but each individual channel has to be programmed so I suggest using a sheet of paper to get everything right. I had to replace the wi-fi board on 1 unit but it was easy & service if needed is no problem. I would look at the 50" model.
Our new version works with our Reef Nexus app for smartphone programming :)
 
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I replaced a 6 bulb t5 unit with the 32 version and haven't skipped a beat. My tank is only sps barebottom with emphasis on acros. My corals are colorful and growing like crazy.
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You have great colors on your sticks… it’s inspiring to hear that you made the change from t5’s & are happy…

@dedragon thanks for the tip. Those look nice, but hesitant to go with a half dozen fixtures. That would be without an app though… seems like I’m pretty picky, huh? Lol

might go ahead with the v2. I’m still undecided... I am tired of messing with my current lights though… I’ve about had it with the connection software issues…

Thought about just grabbing a couple stratton, skys, or….??? Probably cheapest and better to just go with the v2. At this point the thought of another / more fixtures controlled by apps has me hesitant…

thanks for the feedback & ideas reef peeps…
 
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Our new version works with our Reef Nexus app for smartphone programming :)
How long has that mod been?

I bought the V2 3 months back from my LFS thinking it would have this feature, and doesnt seem to. Would that have just been new, old stock I bought?
 

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