Bad Lighting?

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I have a topping 20 gallon with many plants in it. I have been using the leds that came with the tank. Are they bad? Should I have better lights?
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Those are only desirable for fish-only tanks. If you want to grow plants you will need something else. Is this tank a 20 tall or 20 long?
 
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dcutl002 said:
Those are only desirable for fish-only tanks. If you want to grow plants you will need something else. Is this tank a 20 tall or 20 long?
Oops Typo.
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Tall. Would this work?
 

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Al913 said:
I suggest the Finnex Stingray if you want low light plants
So do I providing that your budget allows.

EDIT: The EVO has more PAR than the Stingray...If I went with the stingray I would get two for a tall tank. I'll post a PAR ratings chart later...I gotta leave.
 
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dcutl002 said:
So do I providing that your budget allows.

EDIT: The EVO has more PAR than the Stingray...If I went with the stingray I would get two for a tall tank. I'll post a PAR ratings chart later...I gotta leave.
Finnex Stingray looks good. Could I still use it with the hood on my tank?

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a 20 tall is a deep tank. Try one of these:
My tank is 24 inches long. Is this one okay? It says 24-30 inches... Amazon.com: Green Element EVO 24"-30" LED Aquarium Light Fixture - Reef Capable 16x3W
 

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PAR CHART:

Yeah, The EVO will work. It has a lot of power. Beamswork makes a good light.
PAR readings for beamswork/greenelement/other cheap chinese arrays - The Planted Tank Forum

Beamswork success stories. (Beamswork club)? - The Planted Tank Forum

Stingray PAR (you will need 2):Finnex stingray PAR - The Planted Tank Forum

2 Stingrays on a 40 Breeder - follow thread all the way down for PAR readings:

Measure the depth of the light to the substrate...you will need at least 30 PAR for low light plants.
 

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Yes, the Finnex Stingray can go with no hood since it has stands. If you have a glass canopy you can take the stands off and lay it on the hood

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Stingray PAR (you will need 2):Finnex stingray PAR - The Planted Tank Forum

2 Stingrays on a 40 Breeder - follow thread all the way down for PAR readings:
You do not need 2 Stingrays for a 40 breeder , personally I have a 40 breeder and been running only 1 Stingray and it is really good:40 Breeder Build
 

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I have recently just put plants in my tank after I got the Finnex 24/7 planted+ light. my tank is 20" tall and 48" wide. the light is so bright on MAX and the 24 hour setting is beautiful too going from a fire red sunrise to cool moonlite thru the night and I read that it doesn't startle the fishes So far my plants are doing great! I can't wait to start adding my fish to it to see them under the color I also had that same exact hood and LED lighting. I wanted to have a glass canopy so once I had to restart my tank I upgraded and got the new lamp. I have it on its stand still and its amazing it was like 130 on amazon for my 48". its such a thin lamp and its barely noticeable. the light does spill a bit out the sides tho but I think it looks cool against my wall

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photo 2: top of lamp
Photo 3: lamp thickness
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Al913 said:
You do not need 2 Stingrays for a 40 breeder , personally I have a 40 breeder and been running only 1 Stingray and it is really good:40 Breeder Build
I disagree, but I guess it really depends on what and how much you are growing. 2 stingrays will give a better light spread for leaves underneath. But, the OP can try 1 Stingray and see how it goes. a second fixture is always an option.

If it were me, I would get the EVO...better PAR and cheaper.
 
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dcutl002 said:
PAR CHART:

Yeah, The EVO will work. It has a lot of power. Beamswork makes a good light.
PAR readings for beamswork/greenelement/other cheap chinese arrays - The Planted Tank Forum

Beamswork success stories. (Beamswork club)? - The Planted Tank Forum

Stingray PAR (you will need 2):Finnex stingray PAR - The Planted Tank Forum

2 Stingrays on a 40 Breeder - follow thread all the way down for PAR readings:

Measure the depth of the light to the substrate...you will need at least 30 PAR for low light plants.
I'm sorry, I don't understand what par is.

Also, could I use the EVO and still have the hood on my tank?
 

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Here is some information that may help. "Hoppy", the author of this thread is a legend in the planted Tank community.

As far as the hood with the EVO...I doubt it. Is your tank rectangular? If it is I would look into a glass top. Glass tops let the light through, look nice and are very inexpensive. You could also do a DIY window screen kit with 1/4" mesh.
DIY screen top:

Here is a picture of one of may tanks with a DIY screen top. They are easy to do.

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