Best Aquarium For Live Plants Question

  1. fishman'iac

    fishman'iac Valued Member Member

    Hi, I’m getting an idea the past couple days, I’m interested in a moderately to densely planted aquarium.. with shrimp a school of small fish and oodles of plants. However I’m not sure what to buy. I want one that’s long for the schooling fish and low enough that I don’t need a diving suit to get down to the bottom... and please put in your suggestions for a good light and hardy plants... thanks in advance


    P.s. I’m on a budget
     
  2. 75g Discus Tank

    75g Discus Tank Fishlore VIP Member

    20 long!

    Get one at the next Petco $ per gallon sale.
     
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    fishman'iac

    fishman'iac Valued Member Member

    Sweet...! So what would u recommend for a light? Under 60 or 70 bucks... and plants! I’m dosing ferts but no co2. Flourish and root tabs. Thanks for the trouble
     


  4. 75g Discus Tank

    75g Discus Tank Fishlore VIP Member

    I have a Beamswork light on my 20 long.

    I forgot the model, but it was the most powerful one they had on Amazon. I got it for ~$40-$50.

    It has white, blue, red, and green LEDs.
     

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    fishman'iac

    fishman'iac Valued Member Member

    Looks good! But I have a couple questions, first is it too much light for low tech plants? Anubias, java ferns-the basic ones... do the colored lights have a purpose besides for looks? It’s my first
    time I’m going to do a planted tank and any input would be greatly appreciated:) thanks

    Would you have a link? Do you think Beamswork is better than finnex? There are to many to choose from
     
  6. Mifuluhu

    Mifuluhu Well Known Member Member

    Imo the finnex are stronger than beamswork....so if you plan to dose ferts and possible co2 they support better plant growth. I go stronger....you can always add floating plants to dim things a bit if needed.

    If you want plants to just stay pretty go with beamswork, for growth I’d say finnex.

    Also the colored lights are supposed to be full spectrum like sunlight so they do have a purpose besides appearance.
     
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    fishman'iac

    fishman'iac Valued Member Member

    Ok thanks. So I’m not going to go with co2... just ferts. Could you look at the finnex stingray , would it be enough for low light plants? I don’t want to much light because of algae. And I want to see growth. With my light now they’re just staying as pretty as I bought them. Thanks
     
  8. Lunnietic

    Lunnietic Well Known Member Member

    Finnex's in general are really good lights, but when you said on a "budget" most people don't count Finnex lights as "budget" lights. Usually they are 70$+ (Unless you find them clearance out somewhere, have a coupon, etc). But they are REALLY good lights, don't get me wrong. Just wouldn't be my first suggestion for a budget set up. For a non budget set up, it would be. You should be fine. :)

    Most people going with the Planted Plus or Planted from Finnex.
     
  9. Hunter1

    Hunter1 Well Known Member Member

    I have a finnex 24/7 planted and it’s a good light. I also have 3 Beamworks. My plants do as well with the Beamworks.

    I may buy another finnex for a real show tank, but for just plant growth, I wil save $$$ and go with the Beamworks.

    Just my opinion.

    Edit: all of these lights have been working for 6+ months. Can’t tell you what the long term results are.
     
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    fishman'iac

    fishman'iac Valued Member Member

    Thanks for the help:) I think I’ll go with beam works