How many watts should I get for a planted 30gallon fresh water aquarium. Any suggestions on what brand to get?
Thank you, I just ordered the Finnex 24/7+HLC from Amazon. Also, I don’t want a C02 set up is there something you can just add in your water for slow release of c02?Your looking for led lighting. I don’t think wattage matters with led. Lots of different one to buy. I’ve got on the cheap end some vivagrow 24/7 lights that have worked great on 24/7 mode. These lights are cheap. Next I’ve got hygro 957 led lights. Instead of 24/7 you can program these lights as you want. They have an internal timer. Very happy with these lights and again cheap. Next I have finnex HLC and a planted plus. Again great lights but these are a little more expensive. All of these lights will light up your tank nicely and grow plants.
Good choice IMO. I have one on a 29 gal. Good bang for the buck.Thank you, I just ordered the Finnex 24/7+HLC from Amazon. Also, I don’t want a C02 set up is there something you can just add in your water for slow release of c02?
Thank you, please send me the instructions you have figured out. Appreciate your help.Good choice IMO. I have one on a 29 gal. Good bang for the buck.
The programming instructions can be confusing. I have them written out out in "plain English" if you need them. There is also an excellent review of the HCL including PAR readings at various depths etc.
When I first got it I couldn't figure out the convoluted programming instructions so I just set it on the default setting. That was a mistake. I soon had a lot of algae.
You don't need CO2. It just depends on what plants and what type of tank you are planning. Many plants do not need CO2 added to grow well. You basically want a balance between light, CO2 and nutrients. Too much or too little of any of these can cause problems. Often algae.
Thank you for your quick response. I have a 30 gallon changed from plastic greenery to live plants. Plants are stressing from new habitat. I used old filter and decorations but I added soil and new substrate on top of soil, almost cycled today but still doing daily water changes. I bought a new light but was only 23w and plants telling me NOT enough, sending it back and buying a new light.The lighting requirements for an aquarium depends primarily on what you intend to put in it. If you are looking to have fish and artificial plant, then something like 0.5 watts per gallon would provide enough illumination for you to see the fish. This might also be sufficient for low light plants. Most live plants, however, would do better with around 1 watt per gallon. If you are trying to grow carpeting plants on the substrate, you need a lot of lighting and might want 2 watts per gallon. Saltwater tanks, especially those with corals, anemones, clams, need even more light.
Like 86 ssinit, I recommend the Hygger 957 lights. They are not overly expensive. They are completely waterproof. They are programmable so you can have them turn on at low intensity in the morning, ramp up to full intensity during the day, and then slowly fade as night approaches. The programming instructions that come with the lights are quite poor, but there are some excellent YouTube videos that will show you how to program the lights.
If you do get the Hygger, you would probably want the 48 watt unit that covers tanks ranging from 30 - 36". That would fit either a standard 29 gallon (30") or a standard 30 gallon (36') tank. If you do have a 36" tank and want even more light, you could order the 60 watt light, but I suspect that might be more than you need. I have one of the 60 watt lights on a 40 gallon breeder tank. Here is the one you might consider.