Editor's Choice - Our Favorite VIPARSPECTRA Aquarium Lights

1. VIPARSPECTRA Timer Control Dimmable 165W 300W LED Aquarium Light Full Spectrum for Grow Coral Reef M...

User Ratings: 75 4

VIPARSPECTRA First Impressions

"I did not."

I'd use it for a frag tank or maybe even a coral QT. The last pic is the blue setting on the NICREW light. The 300w light is 16lbs, so I wouldn't trust using drywall anchors to mount it. I thought they were fairly easy to set up. So my ALL Blues run alone one hour before and an hour after. No bad algae, Corals show great expansion, nice growth, and good coloration. This light is even better than I expected!

  • VIPARSPECTRA Timer Control Dimmable 165W 300W LED Aquarium Light Full Spectrum for Grow Coral Reef Marine Fish Tank LPS/SPS
  • VIPARSPECTRA Timer Control Series V165 LED Aquarium Light is scientifically engineered to keep the balance of the PAR output and coverage.
  • Internal timer allows you to turn the light on or off automatically and separately. Dimmable feature can be used to adjust two channels brightness individually.
  • V165 is full spectrum with our proprietary layout, which is contributed by thousands of ReefCentral members, has had years of success.
  • Suitable for all photosynthetic corals, be sure to acclimate your tank or new corals to the new light by slowing increasing its exposure/intensity to the light.
  • 1 year local warranty plus 30 days satisfaction or return guarantee.
  • Full spectrum that mimic natural light to help corals/fish achieve the best balance.
  • Built-in-Timer with two on/off settings one for blue and the other one for white.
  • Two channels brightness can be adjusted from 0% to 100% separately.
  • Manufacture: VIPARSPECTRA
  • Product Dimensions: 16 x 8.5 x 2.4 inches; 9.3 Pounds
  • Batteries: 1 Product Specific batteries required. (included)
  • Editor's Impressions Of The VIPARSPECTRA
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VIPARSPECTRA Final Thoughts

"Switch has 3 settings."

Just got this light today, and WOW! It has multiple settings, dimmer and a TIMER! They truly stand behind their products for the full 1 year warranty. What happens when you mix a lot of blue with a little red. My only concern is that the lowest setting is very bright. The daytime lights are MUCH brighter than the lights my Top Fin hood has built in. I really wanted to like this light, but ultimately it didn't work for me.

Overall Score
4.5


(846 Points)

2. MingDak LED Aquarium Plant Light - Fish Tank Light Fixture,Full Spectrum Aquarium Lighting for Fresh...

User Ratings: 75 3

MingDak First Impressions

"Hope it lasts."

It does give a nice look though if that's what you're going for. I purchased this item for my daughters Aqua plant tank. I would highly recommend this light for anyone looking. The entire process took only a few days. Even the torch, frogspawn and brain at the bottom of the tank is doing well. The Nicrew comes with 2 different brackets to make sure it fits your aquarium. I have seen no flickering or pulsing of these lights as reported by other reviewers.

  • MingDak LED Aquarium Plant Light - Fish Tank Light Fixture,Full Spectrum Aquarium Lighting for Freshwater,White Blue Red Combine LEDs
  • FULL SPECTRUM: The 6500K natural light with the dedicated white, blue and red diodes has just the wavelengths which are the most conducive to plant growth. Not include extraneous colors such as green, orange, pink, etc. which grow algae.
  • BRIGHTER & MORE ENERGY EFFICIENT:With more leds , higher lumens stronger illuminance,but lower energy consumption,this light for 18 inch to 24 inch fish tank has 64 leds ,1000 lumens, 3335lux illuminance at 12'', energy consume 11W.
  • BRIGHTNESS ADJUST & TIME SETTING: This led aquarium light with an external multi-function controller which can be adjust the light brightness from 100% to 10%, also can be set the lighting time to 3, 6 or 12 hours.
  • 3 LIGHT MODES: White+Blue+red LEDS on,white+red LEDS on and only blue LEDS on. It is not only create a light that mimics the natural underwater effect of sunlight, but also allow for aquarium night time enjoyment.
  • BEAUTIFUL & FUNCTIONAL:Aluminum housing which is slim and sturdy;Adjustable mounting legs can expand from 18 inch to 24 inch,sutable for most tanks with cover or no, with rims or rimless.
  • Manufacture: MingDak
  • Product Dimensions: 15.74 x 2.95 x 0.43 inches; 1.1 Pounds
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MingDak Final Thoughts

"I'll elaborate in a bit."

You'll have to DIY it, and even then it might not look great. No bad algae, Corals show great expansion, nice growth, and good coloration. I have the tank set up as a riverine system, but fairly well planted. All of the LEDs appear to illuminate and the lights dim smoothly. All of the LEDs appear to illuminate and the lights dim smoothly. Most lights make it still so dark you can't see. They are so much nicer than the florescent lights that came with my tanks.

Overall Score
4.5


(1032 Points)

3. Submersible LED Aquarium Light , 12V 5050SMD Underwater Strip Light for Fish Tank

User Ratings: 81 2

COLOR TREE SKU020410003-GZ First Impressions

"5 betta tank."

That sounded like a good plan to me so I agreed it was worth the risk. The plants love it and it's easy on the eyes. I can set it for 3-12 hours so helps save me sometime before work in the morning. There IS a purple hue to this fixture. Wanted to return it but decided to keep it for my quarantine tank. It's so bright, I was concerned that I would bleach the corals at the 1 setting. My only complaint is the missing seal.

  • Submersible LED Aquarium Light , 12V 5050SMD Underwater Strip Light for Fish Tank
  • Colorful LED Lights with Great Brightness : It is used of 15 RGB LED lights with 16 color 4 modes controlled by wireless remote. 5050 LED lights chip is brighter and is designed for reliable, long-term performance, Which make your fish tank a colorful landscape.
  • Light Dim and Color Change Speed Adjustable: There are two button(Rise / Down) in the left-top of the remote to adjust the brightness for this light. Choose one of the mode "flash","strobe", "fade" or "smooth", then press the brightness adjust button to rise or down the color changing speed
  • Environmentally and Safer Light Bar Transparent acrylic tube body, smooth surface, easy to clean, material is durable and environmentally friendly, won't cause any pollution. And the explosion protection acrylic glass give a more clear and safer light for your aquariums.
  • IP68 Waterproof with Strong Suction Cup : This LED light Bar could be submerged entirely under the water or put it out of the water, but the Power Adapter, Switch and Remote are Non-submersible! This light bar is very easy to attach to the fish tank with 2 suction cups (included), and can be put in the bottom, on the top of fish tank or any where you want to decorate your fish tank.
  • Widely Application: The Light bar can be widely used in fish tanks, cisterns, rockeries, pet cages and others. Bright LED Bar can make your tank look like part of oceans, and your fish and reptiles seen where they're swimming or moving.
  • Manufacture: Color tree
  • Part Number: SKU020410003-GZ
  • Material: Plastic
  • Item Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Color: Rgb (Red, Green, Blue)
  • Style: Classic
  • Batteries Included?: No
  • Batteries Required?: No
  • Editor's Impressions Of The COLOR TREE SKU020410003-GZ
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COLOR TREE SKU020410003-GZ Final Thoughts

"I'll elaborate in a bit."

I'm very happy with the light performance. This lights had the reviews i was looking for. Most lights make it still so dark you can't see. Compared to the original Classic, the Plus model is a very nice upgrade. Few months ago I decided to try my hand at propagation coral. This tank is 15 years old with lps and sps corals. Thia works fantastic for my 75 G salt tank.

Overall Score
4.7


(71 Points)

4. MingDak LED Aquarium Light, Fish Tank Light Under Water Light Submersible Crystal Glass Lights White...

User Ratings: 72 4

MingDak First Impressions

"Best thing I did!"

You'll have to DIY it, and even then it might not look great. Therefore you cannot use this fixture on a customer timer. Programming the lights was a breeze, and it lights up my tank well. This lights had the reviews i was looking for. That said, I tried it out today and it's gorgeous! I am going to have to order more for my 55s after seeing what this one can do . I initially planned to put this light on a 10 gallon with some javaferns and moss.

  • MingDak LED Aquarium Light, Fish Tank Light Under Water Light Submersible Crystal Glass Lights White Light/Blue Light
  • Output 12V/0.5A Brighter than 5V/1A
  • Great for night viewing,Great night light and tank illuminator,cool White LEDs add a shimmering effect to your reef
  • Mingdak's fish tank litht bar brings the light to the inside of your aquarium. The in-frame mounting allows you to see the light without seeing the fixture
  • All are fully submersible and come with suction cups to give you endless possibilities on how to use these systems.Super water resistant
  • Safe and low voltage:LED lights is 20% brighter and is designed for reliable, long-term performance
  • Manufacture: MingDak
  • Product Dimensions: 7.09 x 0.98 x 0.98 inches; 5.29 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The MingDak
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MingDak Final Thoughts

"The blues are beautiful."

This will also give you the blue lights while the whites are on throughout the day. It's not an issue now that I understand it, but I thought it was broken at first. I have to once again sing praises for this light and company. Another note, there are more blue LED than red LED. For the price you will not find a better light on the market. This light is definitely amazing build quality and brightness for the price! This will also give you the blue lights while the whites are on throughout the day.

Overall Score
4.5


(3761 Points)

5. Galapara UV Light Sterilizer Lamp Submersible LED Lights for Aquarium Fish Tank Light Pond Submersib...

User Ratings: 56 18

Galapara First Impressions

"But for a DISPLAY."

Thia works fantastic for my 75 G salt tank. When I disassembled it- I found the light had no seal on either end cap. Thia works fantastic for my 75 G salt tank. They inquired about the issue with the item and then they replaced it right away. This light is even better than I expected! Another note, there are more blue LED than red LED. I have seen no flickering or pulsing of these lights as reported by other reviewers.

  • Galapara UV Light Sterilizer Lamp Submersible LED Lights for Aquarium Fish Tank Light Pond Submersible Ultraviolet Sterilization Water Disinfection AC110-120V ( 13W)
  • 【 WARNING 】 Light Will Kill Fish if don't separate the fish from the lights! Recommended to use this lamp in aquarium filter system.Dear customer, please read the precautions carefully before purchasing or using this product; at the same time, because this product is fragile, please contact us in time if you receive the payment, and we will exchange it for you, wish you a happy life!
  • 【good quality】High quality filament for high performance and energy-saving. Suitable for controlling malignant bacteria in aquarium and fish tank.Adopt explosion proof quartz glass tube for high transmission of ultraviolet ray.
  • 【 Fast Clean 】the UV Light Sterilizer Lamp help to remove the green in the fish tank, pond, make it clear.
  • 【safe】Safe water-proof design for totally submersible use.Powerful suction cups for adjusting position freely.Independent power switch is great for safer use.
  • 【 Warm Tip 】Due to the long transportion, after receiving the parcel, please check carefully whether the bulb is intact, if broken or have any crack mark, please contact our service, we will send new replacement parcel in 24 hours.wish you a happy day!
  • Part Number: UPP0076497587202SS
  • Material: Glass
  • Item Weight: 15.8 ounces
  • Batteries Included?: No
  • Batteries Required?: No
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Galapara
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Galapara Final Thoughts

"10%-100%-10%."

The ramp timer also seems to help the fish and shrimp a lot, especially newer ones. Seems to be doing pretty well for my planted tank also! That said, I tried it out today and it's gorgeous! I like that it has a timer built into the control module too. The timers are exactly what I needed to create sunrise and sunset effect. The remote that comes with the light leaves a lot to be desired. It does give a nice look though if that's what you're going for.

Overall Score
3.7


(27 Points)

6. FINEIAM Waterproof LED Aquarium Lights ,IP68 Underwater Amphibious Light for Fish Tank,Submersib...

User Ratings: 65 6

FINEIAM First Impressions

"I love it."

There IS a purple hue to this fixture. It's been a few years since I left this review and thought I'd leave an update. The following Monday they shipped a new power supply. Now thanks to this light they are not only surviving but thriving also. I'm very happy with the light performance. Mainly keeping montiporas, Xenia, birds nest, gorgonians, various sinularia. It should be much further down the cord so that it can be hidden if desired.

  • FINEIAM Waterproof LED Aquarium Lights ,IP68 Underwater Amphibious Light for Fish Tank,Submersible Brightness Adjustable,Wireless Remote Control Dimmable,4 Automatic Color Change Modes Strip
  • ✅IP68 Waterproof---With waterproof IP68 rating, this LED light Bar could be submerged entirely under or above the water.Can make your fish tank like a colorful landscape.
  • ✅Widely Use LED Light---Can be widely used in fish tanks, cisterns, rockeries, pet cages and others. Bright LED Bar can make your tank look like part of oceans, and your fish and reptiles seen where they're swimming or moving.
  • ✅Super-easy to Use---The two suckers on the tank light can be removed and moved at any time, so it can be installed anywhere on any smooth glass surface.
  • ✅Brighter and Safer--- 5050 LED lights chip is 20% brighter and is designed for reliable, long-term performance, energy saving and safe. Powered by a 12-volt transformer, low voltage, the LED aquarium light is safe and won't cause any harm to people or fish.
  • ✅Remote Control---With 16 kinds of kinds of different color and 4 automatic change modes, wireless remote control allows you to choose your favorite color at any time and change the brightness of the color, and automatically change the frequency or turn the lights on and off.
  • Manufacture: FINEIAM
  • Product Dimensions: 7.52 x 0.98 x 0.98 inches; 7.2 Ounces
  • Batteries: 1 CR2 batteries required. (included)
  • Editor's Impressions Of The FINEIAM
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FINEIAM Final Thoughts

"That is the best."

No bad algae, Corals show great expansion, nice growth, and good coloration. For the price these lights are incredible. This light is amazing, especially for the price. My main display has been running with ecotech radions. I've had these lights for three weeks and so far they are AWESOME. I contacted Nicrew support over the weekend and received a reply within hours. It's been about a month since the new LED light came in.

Overall Score
4.4


(40 Points)

7. Nilipal LED Aquarium Light 50W Fish Tank Light Full Spectrum Built-in Timer and Dimmer with Adjustab...

Nilipal Z200 First Impressions

"Looks great."

I initially planned to put this light on a 10 gallon with some javaferns and moss. All my plants doubled in size in a month as shown in the pictures. My only complaint is the missing seal. I've had other Nicrew lights on other tanks and they have all performed well for me. Another note, there are more blue LED than red LED. It's a simple design, easy and intuitive to set up, adjustable and fits great. It's the best bang for your buck for a minimal reef light.

  • Nilipal LED Aquarium Light 50W Fish Tank Light Full Spectrum Built-in Timer and Dimmer with Adjustable Bracket for Freshwater Planted Fish Tank
  • ▲Optimal Full Spectrum - Nilipal 50W LED aquarium light uses 292pcs WRGB led chips, can provide true full spectrum lights that has the similar effect as natural sunlight and therefore offers a very good growing habitat for Fish, Reptile and Plants. Can be used as Vivarium and Terrarium Light
  • ▲Built-in Dimmer and Timer - Nilipal 50W LED aquarium light has buit-in dimmer and timer, very easy to use
  • ▲Super Bright - Nilipal 50W LED aquarium light is suitable for 16-24 inch planted tank, can ideally replace the typical single or dual tube fluorescent lights and more energy saving.
  • ▲Adjustable Aluminum Bracket - Stylish and modern look with low profile aluminum housing design, ensuring excellent heat dissipation, Nilipal led aquarium light uses full aluminum stand, you can easily adjustable the height and length
  • ▲One Year Warranty - All our led aquarium lights have 1 year warranty and we offer a 30- day money back guarantee for a full refund, if you are not satisfied with the products and return them within 30 days. We have friendly customer service so please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions
  • Manufacture: Nilipal
  • Product Dimensions: 2 x 10 x 14 inches; 3.42 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Nilipal Z200
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Nilipal Z200 Final Thoughts

"I love it."

If necessary, I'll just buy one more and I'm sure I'll be fine. The daytime lights are MUCH brighter than the lights my Top Fin hood has built in. I purchased this item for my daughters Aqua plant tank. This light has some great intensity to it. This light is amazing, especially for the price. Most lights make it still so dark you can't see. I have to once again sing praises for this light and company.

Overall Score
5.0


(1 Points)

8. MQ RGB Aquarium Light, LED Fish Tank Light with Extendable Brackets, 24/7 Automated Planted Plus Aqu...

User Ratings: 64 4

MQ First Impressions

"Definitely submersible."

Programming the lights was a breeze, and it lights up my tank well. It has multiple settings, dimmer and a TIMER! My only concern is that the lowest setting is very bright. ‍♂️Rgbw, Multiple settings, 3 stage timer. If you're considering using the LED stick-on lights to upgrade- don't bother. My plants have been pearling by late evening since installing the light. This lights had the reviews i was looking for.

  • MQ RGB Aquarium Light, LED Fish Tank Light with Extendable Brackets, 24/7 Automated Planted Plus Aquarium Light with Remote Controller
  • Perfectly Imitable: This Fish Tank Light can gradually mimics the effect of a slow sunrise, bright daylight and gentle sunset, providing your animals with a natural lighting cycle
  • Multiple Weather Setting: Multiple weather effects including cloudy, lightning, sunny and moonlight. Power: 7W, Input: AC 100-240V. Numbers of LED Lights: 36 (24 White + 12RGB) Power Cable Length: 6.56ft(2m)
  • Adjustable Light: With RGB and white lights, 4 color changing and brightness adjustable are perfect for strong plant growth while bringing vivid colors and can create an amazing atmosphere for fish, inverts, live rock and corals
  • Multi-Mode: The infrared equipped remotes easily allows the fixture to enter a hands free 24/7 auto cycle mode, activate weather modes and customize your own colors mode
  • Easy Installation: Extendable brackets allows this LED light to fit most aquarium fish tanks 12-20 inches wide. Can be used over a glass aquarium cover or panel. (Each side can be extended to extra 12cm/4.7in.)
  • Light Color: White and RGB
  • LED Light Type: 2835 and 5050
  • Light Length: 12in(30cm)
  • Manufacture: MQ
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MQ Final Thoughts

"Actual length of the 7."

I purchased 2 of these lights for my 90 gal reef tank. I plan to upgrade all of my aquariums to this light. Has all the functions I need and want, and I am happy with this purchase. Even the torch, frogspawn and brain at the bottom of the tank is doing well. All my plants doubled in size in a month as shown in the pictures. Suprized how well it lights up this tank. Has all the functions I need and want, and I am happy with this purchase.

Overall Score
4.3


(73 Points)

9. Hygger Auto On Off 30-36 Inch LED Aquarium Light Extendable Dimmable 7 Colors Full Spectrum Light Fi...

User Ratings: 66 5

hygger First Impressions

"100% recommend!"

So I contacted customer service and asked them to send me a new transformer. They inquired about the issue with the item and then they replaced it right away. I actually thought the tank had constant algae blooms before I got this light. ‍♂️Rgbw, Multiple settings, 3 stage timer. That sounded like a good plan to me so I agreed it was worth the risk. I have seen no flickering or pulsing of these lights as reported by other reviewers. My standard 10 gallon tank's hood finally crapped out on me.

  • Hygger Auto On Off 30-36 Inch LED Aquarium Light Extendable Dimmable 7 Colors Full Spectrum Light Fixture for Freshwater Planted Tank Build in Timer Sunrise Sunset
  • Hygger 957 Planted Aquarium Light features programmable, gradual 24-hour light cycle settings (sunrise, midday, sunset and night), auto on and off, to create a optimal condition for your fish and aquatic plants
  • Build-in Timer - The lighting system enables a variety of features such as customizing the intensity and colors of the light, setting up daytime to nighttime schedules, mimics sunrise and sunset, color gradient loop, fine tune lighting schedule, auto on and off, memory function, and much more
  • Sunrise & Sunset Functions - enable the LEDs to be easily programmed to slowly turn on or off in 15-minute which prevents light shock to fish. The white daylight mode blends the white, red, green and blue LEDs together to produce bright light. Moonlight mode provides 6 single-colored ( red, purple, blue, cyan, green, yellow) and 10 levels dimmable options. One programmable preset can save customized color combinations and lighting
  • IP68 Water-Resistant Rating - No need to worry about splashes, or other accidental drops of water. Premium fully encased 1.2mm thick aluminum shell provides more effective heat transfer and protects the device from humidity and water intrusion. No fan. Low voltage DC adapter, safe to use, saving electric bill
  • The 30“ freshwater aquarium LED fixture contains (79) 6500K White, (14) 450-455nm Blue, (8) 620-625nm Red, (7) 520-525nm Green, (36) RGB LED's. 2365 lumens. 6500-10000K. This system has adjustable mounting legs which can be used in aquariums with widths between 30 and 36 inches
  • Restore Factory Default Settings: press up and down button at the same time until " SOP " shows up, unplug the adapter jack. Light will restore to factory default setting and auto turn on at 6:30 am.
  • Daylight light color: white full spectrum light. You cannot choose colors or brightness.
  • Moonlight preset color: blue. You can alter light color.
  • Manufacture: hygger
  • Item Weight: 2.7 pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The hygger
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hygger Final Thoughts

"Took off 4 stars."

The corals look beautiful and the color spectrum is great. Few months ago I decided to try my hand at propagation coral. This one beats them all and now Im going to have to get back into some stem plants. Has all the functions I need and want, and I am happy with this purchase. I really like that I can get a 24-hour effect with the timer. The 300w light is 16lbs, so I wouldn't trust using drywall anchors to mount it. This light has some great intensity to it.

Overall Score
4.4


(719 Points)

10. MingDak Fish Tank Clip on Light with Inline Timer, Clamp Aquarium Light with White & Blue LEDs, 3 Li...

User Ratings: 75 2

MingDak First Impressions

"- no color control."

This light is definitely amazing build quality and brightness for the price! That said, I tried it out today and it's gorgeous! Check out the photos on this 20 gallon grow out tank. They are so much nicer than the florescent lights that came with my tanks. It has multiple settings, dimmer and a TIMER! The timer works well, and I love that there are different intervals. Both are quality lights, well built with excellent output.

  • MingDak Fish Tank Clip on Light with Inline Timer, Clamp Aquarium Light with White & Blue LEDs, 3 Lighting Modes, Dimmable, 7W, 18 LEDs
  • 3 LIGHTING MODES: The white, the bule or the white & blue light brings out the color of everything in tank,creates a wonderful aquascape.
  • BUILT-IN TIMER: Mingdak fish tank clip on light has built-in timer it will come on and go off at the same time every day and light up for 6 hours,10 hours or 12 hours.
  • BUILT-IN DIMMER: Don't worry about over bright issue, you can adjust the brightness with the built-in dimmer for each white light and blue light.
  • WIDE MOUNT CLIP WITH GOOSENECK: Mingdak aquarium clip on light with 0.98 inch wide clip fit for all most fish tank wall, Soft gooseneck can be adjusted by any angles and positions.
  • GOOD FOR PLANT & FISH: Ultra-bright 7000-7500k White LEDs and rich 460nm blue light are sufficient to grow your plant thriving.It also lights your fish in a way that really changes their color to stand out.
  • Manufacture: MingDak
  • Part Number: BB-JL-18
  • Item Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Color: 18 Led 7w (Timer&dimmer)
  • Batteries Required?: No
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MingDak Final Thoughts

"Thanks Julio!"

I'd use it for a frag tank or maybe even a coral QT. I am so in love with this lights and looking forward to start a new planted tank. I contacted NICREW they were great with customer service. Wanted to return it but decided to keep it for my quarantine tank. I actually thought the tank had constant algae blooms before I got this light. The timers are exactly what I needed to create sunrise and sunset effect. It illuminates my 20g long fish tank entirely and perfectly.

Overall Score
4.6


(738 Points)

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