Topic: Is the Nicrew LED light a good choice for growing live plants? I see that it’s a popular choice on amazon and need a descent light. What is the PAR rating for this light on plants? Thanks for your help.
Posted by Brandon V: The Nicrew is not that great for growing plants. I would highly advise buying a Finnex Stingray light instead! They have been around for SO LONG and do amazing. The light your talking about is just a chinese made LED that is better for tanks with only fish in then. If you want good plants.. buy a finnex stingray (they’re a budget line light that do well). Here is a link to one on amazon:
- I also have this light and had similar ‘problem’ with the support rods not being long enough, they only just spanned my tank. All they are is 4 pieces of wire, each one bent at 90 degrees and inserted into the plastic end pieces. I removed mine from the plastic ends and replaced them with knitting needles. I chose these because they are aluminium and coated with plastic so are inert and will not rust or corrode. Putting a 90 degree bend in them is easy enough just using a pair of pliers. You can buy needles of the correct diameter up to about 18 inches long and they are pretty cheap. I now have this light spanning my 24 inch tank but there is no reason why you could not safely span well over 3 feet.
Posted by Nick G: I would have to agree that the Nicrew light is bad for growing live plants! I bought a fluval light after already making the mistake of buying the Nicrew…. It’s a bright light.. but not good for growing plants.