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I see why Cory uses so many of these, great budget light and is growing some easier plants. If you're in need of a wallet friendly light just buy it, you won't regret it!
Love the Finnex Stingray! I have 1 on each of my 20 Longs and 1 on a 10 gallon shrimp tank. I have a carpet of Monte Carlos in the shrimp tank with no CO2. Easily handles my other plants of crypts, java fern, anubias, dward lilies and a few other plants.
Pretty decent light get your bang for your buck over all liked it
Currently, I have three Finnex Stingray fixtures. I'm lighting a 10 gallon, 20 gallon long, and a 40 gallon breeder each using this model. It has been almost a year since I purchased the first one. This fixture does a great job of growing low-medium light plants in shorter tanks. (It may work fine in taller tanks, but I haven't tried it.) The fixture itself is well built, slim, and aesthetically pleasing. This fixture proves that quality isn't always positively correlated with price!
Overall, a great buy. However, if you are wanting a fixture to grow insane high-light plants, you may want to look at some other models.
In the process of replacing all of our fluorescent tank lighting, we purchased this light and installed it onto the 20G as a test. Loved it so much, went back for more.
I was really surprised at how sturdy this light is, I was expecting lower build quality since this light is so much more affordable than other options, but I was wrong!
For the size this light is awsome its very bright i have it out side over my pond and it works great
I got the clip on for my 5.5g tank, and it fits perfectly! It was intuitive to install and makes my tank look like it's an exhibit at the state aquarium :)
So far this light seems to be doing the job. It doesn’t fit as well as i’d hope with a glass versa top lid however this is just a minor inconvenience. The only negative I have was how it was shipped. A shipping label was just slapped on the original box and sent out. No outer box to protect the light from being tossed around at the distribution centers and back of the trucks. Was preparing for the worse when I opened it. Luckily it survived. Also would have preferred it to be in a separate box just to hide what it was to prevent theft at my doorstep.
Other than that, light seems to do as advertised.
Its bright enough without being too crazy
Two weeks ago I bought a Stingray light for my two Goldfish, Ranchu (Wiggly) and Oranda (Saturday), for their 20 gallon planted house/ aquarium.The light not only looks fantastic, but it also gives the right amount of light for my low to medium plants (Java Moss, Java Fern, Anubias Coffeefolia, Anubias Nana, Anubias Barteri, Marimo Moss Ball, and Banana Plant, which I have also bought from Mr. Cory. If I can add to this review one more thing: The plants that Mr. Cory is selling, are there most healthy plants I have ever seen and bought from anyone! Thank you! God bless you and your family Mr. Cory!
I bought this light for a 20 gallon long planted tank. The color of this light is fantastic for viewing the tank and really makes the colors on the fish stand out. I have had no problems growing java moss, java fern, hygro angustifolia, and dwarf sagittaria in this tank. I can't comment on how well it performs in deeper tanks, but the Stingray does an excellent job on 12-18" deep tanks with low-medium light plants and would be an excellent choice for viewing fish only tanks.
Bought this light to start a new planted 20gal long tank. So far the plants look way happier than when I got them (got my plants from a LFS south of Seattle). Staff were great and very helpful. Thank you Aquarium Coop.
In all seriousness...we bought 2 of these lights and are so pleased with them that we just bought another. Haven't had a chance to test them with plants yet, but the fish look absolutely fantastic. Shipping was lightning fast and as always, Aquarium Co-op is a pleasure to do business with.
I got the 30 inch stingray about 3 weeks ago. The plants are reacting well so far and beginning to fill out quickly. It's brighter and uses less energy than the 100 watt incandescent bulb I was using. My mom enjoyed the color, and brightness, and she is usually not super interested in the tanks. So this could be a good way to convince whoever you live with that more tanks might not be a bad thing. The clear plastic clips are a little wobbly but over all a great product!
This light is a real bargain for its quality. I bought one for a 10g that was being serviced by a Marineland light that just wasn't up to even low-light plants. The Stingray is noticeably brighter, as well as being a much smaller form factor. I haven't had it running long enough to see what difference it makes for the plants, but I'm sure it will be substantial. And the tank overall it just more pleasing to look at. The service from Aquarium Co-Op was, as usual, excellent. I'm a happy mail-order customer and will certainly buy from this site again.
We ordered the 48" model and most say we happy with to this point. We installed a week ago today. We were having a problem with the brown diatom algae in a standard 55GAL aquarium. Most things on the internet says is light related problem, I replaced the bulbs with no change. We had old tube lights with the basic black hood with cloudy plastic light holes.This fixture has all but completely made it vanish, I figure another week or 2 and done. With this fixture and new glass hoods we've seen the BWN-A vanish, low light plants improve and the overall life in the tank improve. To add the fixture is well priced for the product, I plan to add some to our smaller tanks with the old tube lights in the near future and most certainly be ordering from Cory and Aquarium CO-OP. Thanks Cory and AC, looking forward to more videos and great products from you guys!
Disclaimer: This review is being written w/o the product withstanding the test of time.
That said, the Finnex Stingray aquarium light is terrific. We use a Finnex LED wand on a larger aquarium upstairs. It's been performing beautifully for over a year and I'm sure this one will be just as reliable (I hope). The Stingray is replacing a very old hood unit that had two screw in light fixtures. The lighting was atrocious. Nothing but gloom and shadows no matter how clean the tank was. Combined with a folding glass hood to sit upon, the Stingray has allowed the tank to go from shabby to chic. And the light is gorgeous. Clean, well and evenly dispersed, it extends genuine beauty to the world it illuminates. It took me years to make this move but it was definitely worth the wait. Thanks Co op. The benefit of this product is well worth the cost.
Just what I needed. I love Finnex products and consider them to be of the utmost quality. Furthermore, it is equally a pleasure to buy from and support the Co-Op!
I've been using this for just over a week now on my 40g breeder and I love it! Its appearance is very sleek and minimal. Most of my initial plants have been low light since this is marketed as such, but they are growing quite fast and even getting some darker pigment. I think many mid-range plants may do well and I am excited to experiment and see what I can grow. Great service and product.
It looks really nice, much nicer than my old fluorescent light - it's all sleek and thin. Energy efficient LEDs are the future. It lights the tank very nicely. And my plants are really happy now!
Love this little light looks great on my nano and is much brighter then what I was using. Only took four days from Washington to Florida.
Great light for the money. This is my go to light for a new tank. Extremely fast shipping, will always buy again!
I didn't really know what to expect but this light looks SOOOO much better than the florescent bulb I had before. I took Cory's advise blindly and I'm very happy. Can't believe how fast I get my deliveries. 3-days tops! Amazing.
Bright thin and not very hot. It's been working well on my new 40 breeder.
The overall brightness of the light is excellent. If I had to give one con,it would have to be the fact you can't dim the light .
This light seems great for the reason I bought it! I still like the Fluval 2.0 best for my larger tanks, but this is a perfect match for my smaller ones. Nice price too!
Ordering was simple, the delivery was faster than expected, and the light works great. This was my first order from here and I will definitely be ordering soon.
Very nice light for the money. I got the 24inch for a 20 tall tank and it lights down to the bottom nicely. Fish colors really jump vs the t8 previously used.
So i purchased the clip-on led. It lights my 20g hex - which is super deep. Great purchase from the best aquarium store!
I got 1 (16inch) sting ray light. Shipping was super fast.. After watching the video i wasn't expecting a super bright light. But i put this on a little 5 gallon planted tank and this video does not do the light justice. Its super bright, blinding to look at directly. I had a screw in florescent sunbulb originally and this little light blows that old bulb away. My plants were pearling in less than 10 minutes. it makes my counter top shimmer with a beautiful rainbow caustic. Excellent product from and excellent supplier.. Thanks for the video review. Really helped to make my decision. Only disappointing part was it says it can be mounted inside the canopy. This was not the case for me. I ended up just cutting the plastic canopy and made slots for the light to slide.
I bought 2 sets of the Finnex Stingray lights for my 55 gal. (48") African cichlid mbuna aquarium. They light the aquarium nicely. I think they look better than the T-5s that I had on the tank before i got these. I bought the 16" for my 5 1/2 gal fry tank. Really bright on the 5 1/2 gal. Super fast shipping.
Saw Cory gush over these and did some more review searching before ordering a 24inch for a 20g tall tank as an xmas gift. A couple days of it being hooked up and the giftee says it really brings out the colors in her blue rams and guppies over the t8 she previously had and lights up the bottom of the at least as much if not more. Thank you!
It's bright, thin and looks awesome. We will definitely but more when the time comes for our other aquariums.
I have Finnex Stingray lights on 14 of my tanks. They are all working great and provide enough light to grow low light plants for sure. They bring out the colors in my fish better than the T5's I had and I'm very happy with them so far. Will continue to buy them for new tanks because they provide great value.
I got a 20 inch stingray for a 10 gallon and it lights it up great and my plants are doing a lot better!
I've tried a lot of aquarium lights, and in setting up my new 15 gallon column planted tank, I knew the Stingray would be the light I would be going back to. I bought two of these 12" units to get the light to penetrate the depth of my tank and promptly took them apart to build them into the existing hood. It was much easier than I expected; the lights are wired simply and quite well; and as for why I wanted these lights specifically, the colors they bring out in the fish and plants are just stunning. The plants are all doing very well with them. Even one of these lights is a lot brighter than the light the original tank hood came with, and less wattage! For standard-depth tanks I've loved using these units singly. Definitely recommend!
The fish better now. And the plants. And the stuff.
I have four Finnex Stingray LED Lights running right now. Great price and fast shipping.
Excellent. Little light. Love. The. Low. Wattage
I had a T8 on my 55 gallon tropical community tank before this; the difference is significant and the light looks fantastic! The only reason this is not a 5 star is the build quality, while good for the money, isn't great. My small cat may have slightly bent it just laying on it and the warranty is basically non existent. But that's nit picking. Its a great light and would recommend it
I have a 10 gallon tank with a cheap Tetra LED light/plastic lid combo on it. I bought another 10 gallon tank and this light to go on it. This Finnex light is clearly brighter than the other one. My wife and kids noticed right away that my new little tank was much brighter than the old little tank. Time well tell if this light grows plants faster than the other one but I expect it would. I feel like I got a lot better light for a only a little more money.
Ordered one for one of my low light planted tanks and it really brightened the tank up. It looks great over my glass top and the thin, sleek design allows you to see more of your aquarium and less of a bulky light fixture. The two sets of brackets that come with it makes this light really customizable especially if you eventually change your set up. Fast shipping too!
We purchased 2 Finnex Sting Rays, Sera O Nip Tabs and also some Easy Green All In One Fertilizer!!! I can say they are all fantastic products and very fast shipping Thanks Cory :)
Greats Plants, Great Service
This is an elegantly slimline light. Basic operation if On/Off - although Cory posted a video showing you how to adapt it to variable light output. I like it simple function and ability to mount under cabinet. I wish the 24/7 Planted lights came with these extra mounting brackets too.