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Old 08-04-2018, 12:52 AM   #1
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Planted tank question!!

Just planted my tank with all the easy type plants like swords an things but I have just a regular Marineland LED light so I want a new one canít anyone help me in which light is best?
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Just planted my tank with all the easy type plants like swords an things but I have just a regular Marineland LED light so I want a new one canít anyone help me in which light is best?
What size tank is it, and how far is it from the lid to the substrate surface? Generally with swords and other low-light plants, Finnex Stingrays are a good light.
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Itís a 65 tall an from top to bottom itís 24/25 inches.
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Itís a 65 tall an from top to bottom itís 24/25 inches.
You won't grow much under that light in a 2' tall tank.

It takes quite a lot of punch to get past the 18" mark, not to mention you have 18" front to back to cover as well.
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Thatís why Iím asking what would be good. Iím new to this all lol
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Thatís why Iím asking what would be good. Iím new to this all lol


Budget?

Fluval 3.0 would be ďbestĒ at covering all the bases....

2 x T5-HO but.... limited 36Ē bulb selection.

1 Or 2 beamswork DA-FSPEC but.... 1 may not be enough, 2 might be over kill without a DIY dimmer.

A shop light setup running 2-4 T8 bulbs could work.

I wonít recommend finnex, too many reported failures after the wimpy 1 year warranty is up.

I would look into fluval 3.0 or an odesyee T-5 setup of it were me.

Actually, amazon has some T-5 uh.... ďgrowĒ units for decent pricing as well, but youíll have to come up with your own way to hang it.

SB reef or other ďblack boxĒ LEDís would work too....
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Mars Aqua 165w LED black box. ~$100 on Amazon.
I've got 2 on a 65 high, and I'm growing carpet plants on the bottom with no trouble. They're crazy bright, cheap, and you can dim them. The RGB side is a very warm light (like 6500k or something, very orange), but it still looks good.

Here's the build thread for that tank:
http://www.aquariumadvice.com/forums...ld-365504.html
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