There is so much out there that its not as straightforward as i hoped. I dont know what brand are good or bad, and i dont want to buy junk thatll die on me right away. I just set up my 20 gallon long tank and just want lower light plants. Basically whatever i can do without getting into the higher maintenance of CO2
and whatnot. But one of my main concerns are fish colours, as i find the natural daylight lights by themselves wash out the fish colours vs powerglow or etc. Although they do make the plants and other decor look natural and pop in return. It seems i cant find a best of both worlds aside from my 75 gallon, which runs with both a powerglow 18000k and a 6500k t8 bulb and i like it. Alone the powerglow makes driftwood and plants look wrong and these will both be in this tank.
Since i dont want too much light to cause algea without other additives for a heavily planted tank, would you guys just get a glass top and another t8 fixture to run both bulbs? Are there any led
hoods that are decent nowdays? Ive heard they werent great before.