Tmc Aquaray Grobeam 1500 Tiles...anyone Used Them??

Jacob C. Becker

New Member
Sep 15, 2019
Milwaukee, WI
I recently bought 2 of these tiles w/ the controller for a pretty incredible deal on EBay. Paid less for both of them AND the controller than I would have for a Kessil 360 Tuna Sun. Part of the reason why is they are for a 56 gallon column tank with a center divider. SOOO I needed either two lights, or a long bar (which still would have blocked light in the center. What I'm wondering is if anyone has any opinion as to if they will be strong enough to grow plants with the depth of my tank. It is a 24" deep tank HOWEVER I am going with a deep substrate bed that will be 4-6" in ALL areas (putting my depth to plants closer to 18"). All the research I've done (which has been quite extensive) says yes, minus a couple nay-sayers on forums. ESPECIALLY according to Aquaray it is more light than they recommend for "high light" planted tanks. They said with depths like mine about 0.8 watts per gallon due to their special LEDs and optimum spectrums, PUR, etc. Anyone have any experience with these? Guessing Ill just have to try em and see (as they are a UK company) and IF its not enough add some sort of LED bar. Possibly the new Oraphek? idk opinons? Thanks!.


Junior Poster
Jul 19, 2010
I own both strips and tiles and they are plenty powerful for growing plants. The only downside is you need to buy the controller separately.

Paul Rossmango

Feb 26, 2016
I bought 3 tiles 2 1500 Ultima and one color plus Tile in 2015. I used the Smart Controller 8 which has 8 channels and it control the 3 tiles. While I like the lights and the way the plants grew, I have had trouble with the controller and it no longer works. I bought everything from American Aquarium Products based upon their recommendations. I contacted them and TMC only to find out they they discontinued the controllers for now with no replacement planned. All I got back from AAP was to use 3 separate timers and stagger them. Not a good solution since I will not be able to use the ramp up and down and well as adjust the light intensity. I also will not be able to use the web interface to control lights. I feel TMC left me out in the cold since the investment was quite steep. From what I understand there is no PWM replacement controller anywhere.


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