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Old 08-03-2013, 08:46 AM   #1
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Lighting ?

Does any body use marine glo flourecent lights in their freshwater ? I like the blue look but would it damage my plants or fish ? Im currently using haven power glo and aqua glo i got with the tank.
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Old 08-03-2013, 09:59 AM   #2
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Hello Mogg...

The lighting that comes with the tank, isn't the best for growing plants. It's mainly for lighting it so you can see into it. Florescent lights are fine for low to moderate light plants. All you need is a lamp in the 6500 - 6700K range. The light blue color is recommended for aquatic plants. You can use the old "watts per gallon" rule with florescents. Get the lighting into the 2 watts per gallon of tank volume range and you should be able to grow a good range of plants.

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Old 08-03-2013, 01:06 PM   #3
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The problem with marine lights that are in the high blue spectrum range is most freshwater plants can use that high of blue light but algae can use it quite readily. Over time you end up growing more algae than plants.

Most LED's unless specifically made for planted freshwater tanks just aren't suitable for growing plants.
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Old 08-03-2013, 01:45 PM   #4
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If you can afford it Current Satilite LED+ is pretty good. I found one on amazon for a really good price. YouTube it to see it. It's the only led that accually helps plants.
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Also look into finnex led lights they will have a fudgeray light for plants soon
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