I might use 2 clamp on work lights with 75 watt led bulbs. Which do you think would work better for a planted aquarium. The par for the floodlights would be like 100 at the bottom of the substrateMeh maybe; maybe not. I wouldn’t expect magazine picture results I’d be interested to hear how it works out for you though.
Should I go with clamp work lights or floodlights for growing plants?I did the experiment about 2 years ago using LED flood lights was good at growing plants but bleached them as they got close to the surface the problem I found was that the lights burnt out after about 12-14 months. After making a few inquiries I found that the flood lights are designed to work very bright, outdoors (cooler environment) And for shorter periods so they aren’t built to stay cool and therefore create a lot of heat and the LEDs burn out faster.
Like a nicrew led? I was going to but the watts were low and people said they are not very good at growing plants. It would be more expensive than the work light or floodlightsI used flood lights in my test, I think you would be best getting a cheap LED grow light will probably cost the same and you will get better results
Good luck and let us know how it goes. What kind of cichlids will you have?Thank you for the heads up (and for all your help - I really appreciate it).
I will definitely look into three as I don’t want dark patches in tank.
im not too concerned about submerged plants (cichlids will shred them anyway) it’s more houseplants on the top so three may be the way to go.
thank you kindly!!