I only use regular fluorescent bulbs and they grew algae in my tank. The long hair green ones. And they are nuisance. Feed the Tang Nori or something.
But for FOWLR
, you might want to save your money from expensive lighting. Regular fluorescents should be just fine. You might want to do a PC
, but why? Now, for plant growth, are you pertaining to live see weeds or something? Or did you just want algae. Because the algae will grow weather you like it or not, whether you're using cheap lights or not.
I just spent 3 hours cleaning my tank from those green hair algae. Fish doesn't like them. Maybe only 1 type of Tang would like it and I forgot what it was. Keep your tank away from sunlight and run 10 hours of regular fluorescents in it for a few days, you will get your algae. HTH