20 gal high densely planted; appropriate lighting?

Discussion in 'Aquarium Aquascaping' started by lfabb, Jun 30, 2016.

  1. lfabbValued MemberMember

    New to aquariums and aqua scaping. In running a co2 pump and I've got aqueon floramax t8. I'm attempting to carpet hair grass, I've got Anubis, dwarf swords, Java moss and ferns, and hellfire. Is this lighting enough? Or would I need to run another floramax light? I'm not set in investing in a huge set now because if I enjoy the hobby I plan to upgrade tank.

  2. DanB80TTSWell Known MemberMember

    Assuming it's an 18" 15W bulb then it's not going to do you any favours, your tank will be well in the low light category.
    Youd be better with an LED fixture like a planted plus or a ray 2 or maybe dual t5's.
  3. TexasDomerFishlore LegendMember

    I don't think you'll be able to carpet even with two Floramax bulbs. I think you'd need T5HO or quality LEDs. You might be able to with regular T5s.
  4. lfabbValued MemberMember

    Would a dual t5 system like coralife work?

    Actually looking at cost the planted plus seems reasonable. Is this the product you are referencing to? 24" Finnex 24/7 Planted Plus Automated LED Light Fixture, 24.5 watt

    Or is there a higher wattage one I should be looking for?
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  5. TexasDomerFishlore LegendMember

  6. lfabbValued MemberMember

    Just to clarify if I run this planted+ with the co2 I should have a better result in carpeting the hair grass? Thanks for the info much appreciated
  7. DanB80TTSWell Known MemberMember

    You would have a much much better chance of carpeting with a planted+, with the flora max or two flora max bulbs I'd say the DHG will just melt away.

    You'd be better off with a good substrate too like eco complete, floramax or a dirted tank.

    I haven't carpeted DHG yet but I will be attempting it very shortly in my CO2 tank.
    I can tell you it didn't carpet in a medium light setup without CO2 that I had a while back.
  8. lfabbValued MemberMember

    Thank you. I've got the planted+ ordered, co2 and Eco complete as my substrate. Here's to hoping the dhg will carpet!
  9. DanB80TTSWell Known MemberMember

    I'm interested to see how it goes for you, I will have to share my results with you too.

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