Originally Posted by Jchillin
You'll be happier with two 55w bulbs, not two 110w bulbs. There are some plants that would rather have higher lighting (most broad leaf plants with red coloration). However, you can get a load of different plants with 2wpg. You can do some great things with 80w as well, just a bit less than the 110w.
I have to agree. Since youíre just starting out with plants, a good medium or even a low light setting is a good starting point. Of course there are disadvantages; algae and the lack of color. There is nothing wrong with that. These tanks are very easy to maintain and you can probably get away with a min of fertilizer dosing to no dosing. Plant growth will be slow. I have a 55 with the setup mentioned above and can grow some red plants.
Here's my suggestion. Keep your current lights and get a lighting fixture similar to this one:
Actually, I have that very same fixture on my tank and can recommend it highly.
Now here's the cool part. With your canopy you have you can run more than one light fixture at a time. I do that on my 60 gallon tank. I have two sets of lights on multiple timers and can control how much light I want and when I want it. (Get a timer, actually get several) Running your existing fixture and the one recommended would bring you into the high light range. You can experiment with lighting at your own pace running either one or both bulbs in your existing fixture.
The only problem I have with going to a high light setup is CO2
. You have to use either pressurized CO2
or Flourish Excel to provide carbon to get good growth. I personally have a medium - high light setup and can get away with just dosing Flourish Excel.
I hope that helps.