Hi everyone and thanks for taking the time to read this! I have a 55 gallon planted tank. I have app. 30" of fish. I've had the tank for over 10 years, and have tried live plants in the past but lost them all. I have recently changed my substrate to eco-complete and planted a bunch of plants. I have an aquasky led
light (one size smaller than the 48") which I am using on white setting but adding 50% red and 50% blue spectrum.
so, plant stats: 55 gallon, no co2
, about 20" worth of fish swimming around - all community/peaceful. plants: I have 2 cardinal plants (lobelia cardinalis), 2 pigmypot pigmy chain sword (they aren't doing well), 3 golden lioydiella (these are doing the best), alternanthera reineckii roseafolia (getting some stem rot and brown leaves), 2 bucephalandra sp godzilla, 2 bucephalandra sp ; 2 ancharis egeria densa, 3 java fern, 2 petite anubia nana petite (can't keep them rooted - think I'm going to try and super glue them to the plastic bark that all the fish love), 1 driftwood covered in marimo ball and 1 vallisneria spiralis which isn't doing well at all.
I am thinking about getting the 48" Aquasky (3000-25000K; 35 watts) or Plant 2.0 (6500 k
, 59 watts) so that there is enough light everywhere. Considering I am not going to use co2
anytime soon, which would be best for the plants but not create algae? The lights hang about 6 inches from the cop of the tank and the tank is 20" deep.
I like to keep the lights on for 12 hours.
So far with the current light I have only what would be considered a healthy amount of algae but I think the plants could use more.
I attached a pic. I have a video but couldn't figure out how to attach that.