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Old 03-17-2014, 12:43 PM   #1
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LED light for planted tank

Hi, I have a seventy five gallon that I am going to set up as a South American planted tank (my first one!). Unfortunately, all I have is an led light system. Will plants survive under this lighting? Also, is there any beginner plants for me to use? Suggestions appreciated.
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Old 03-17-2014, 02:12 PM   #2
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I have no idea what I'm doing (new). So I went with low light beginner plants, Java fern, anubias, anacharis, marimo moss balls, water sprite and going to get some frogbit. I do have dwarf hairgrass but time will tell on that one. I bought flourish excel just for the hairgrass. Fingers crossed. I have stock LEDs on my 20 gallon too. Hope this helps a little.

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Old 03-17-2014, 02:16 PM   #3
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What type of LED fixture is on your tank? A 75g is probably too tall for the LED's that usually come bundled with a kit tank. You might need to add additional lighting.
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I checked and it is a marineland led single bright led light system.
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Definitely not enough light for plants. A double bright would be the minimum for low light plants on that tank, IMO.

I'd upgrade or if there's room under the hood, maybe you can add another fixture.
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I might buy a new light i think. Any recommended models that are relatively inexpensive?
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What's your budget?
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I'd say about $50. It can be a bit higher though.
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For a 48" long light to achieve more light on a 21" tall tank, $50 is not going to do it unless you either find a LED fixture used at a good price or you go with an inexpensive t5ho fixture like Odyssea. For LED, you can look at Finnex or Beamswork as they are the most inexpensive you can go while maintaining some level of quality.
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how much would it be for a light that would completely fill my tank with light?
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