20 Gallon Tank Correct Light Bulbs

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Hello everyone,

So I've read through this guide: General Guide to Low-Light Planted Tanks

Really really helped me out but I've got one question, I am running a Resun DM-800 (80 liter or 21 Gallons) which has 2 bulb slots.
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As per the above guide for planted tanks around 1.7wpg is ok for planted tanks.
I have 2x of Philips Genie 18W CDL 6500K bulbs which if I am correct it translates to 1.71wpg. Sounds good to me but I've heard that there are specific UV light bulbs for this kind of appliances although I am not sure this is correct.

I am concerned that I am not providing the right kind of lighting for my planted tank.
Any help would be appreciated.

P.S. I've got some micranthemum umbrosum on the rear left of the tank that i hope will turn into a carpet but I am very new to this.

So if anyone could recommend anything more that would be awesome. (substrate, fertilizers?)
 
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Hello everyone,

So I've read through this guide: General Guide to Low-Light Planted Tanks

Really really helped me out but I've got one question, I am running a Resun DM-800 (80 liter or 21 Gallons) which has 2 bulb slots.
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As per the above guide for planted tanks around 1.7wpg is ok for planted tanks.
I have 2x of Philips Genie 18W CDL 6500K bulbs which if I am correct it translates to 1.71wpg. Sounds good to me but I've heard that there are specific UV light bulbs for this kind of appliances although I am not sure this is correct.

I am concerned that I am not providing the right kind of lighting for my planted tank.
Any help would be appreciated.

P.S. I've got some micranthemum umbrosum on the rear left of the tank that i hope will turn into a carpet but I am very new to this.

So if anyone could recommend anything more that would be awesome. (substrate, fertilizers?)
I havent kept micranthemum umbrosum but i did a quick check and it seems like it likes quite a bit of light to grow well. Going by watts per gallon is outdated now, most people will use par ratings to measure low, medium or high light.

Me personally i would upgrade my lights last as they are your limiting factor in a planted tank. Id first get an aquasoil substrate then pressurized co2 if you want a planted tank before upgrading your lights.
 
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I havent kept micranthemum umbrosum but i did a quick check and it seems like it likes quite a bit of light to grow well. Going by watts per gallon is outdated now, most people will use par ratings to measure low, medium or high light.

Me personally i would upgrade my lights last as they are your limiting factor in a planted tank. Id first get an aquasoil substrate then pressurized co2 if you want a planted tank before upgrading your lights.
Do I really need co2 and new substrate? I've read that some plants dont need co2 and that gravel works just fine.
 

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Depends on the plants you get and what kind of tank you want.

If you only want a few low light plants your fine with gravel and no co2 if you want a planted tank with heaps of lush plants your better off getting pressurized co2 and swapping out the gravel for aquasoil.
 
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Depends on the plants you get and what kind of tank you want.

If you only want a few low light plants your fine with gravel and no co2 if you want a planted tank with heaps of lush plants your better off getting pressurized co2 and swapping out the gravel for aquasoil.
Started my research on co2.

I found these:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/ZJchao-DIY-Aquarium-Plant-System/dp/B073GLLDSW/ref=sr_1_5?keywords=co2+diy&qid=1565254568&s=gateway&sr=8-5&th=1
https://www.amazon.co.uk/UEETEK-Aquarium-Diffuser-Dioxide-Reactor/dp/B0792PZRHT/ref=sr_1_7?keywords=co2+diy&qid=1565264544&s=gateway&sr=8-7

Do I need a bubble counter and water co2 checker?

Looking into ordering the kit soon so please advice on what's needed for a citric acid system using baking soda.
 
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