Lighting For My Planted Tank Suggestions Question

Discussion in 'Lighting' started by PurpleRose, Aug 7, 2019.

  1. PurpleRose

    PurpleRoseValued MemberMember

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    hello, I have a 20 and 29 gallon planted fish tank and I need to find out if what I currently own has enough light for my red ludwigs, jungle vals, hornworts Anacharis Red rubin amazon swords a mix od swords moneywort water sprites Willow Hygrophilia, Scarlet Temple, since majority of these have red I've also upped my fert dosing and water changes, but right now my light is 19 ws Lumen: 3510 luminous flux, need to know if this lighting will be enough and what I should consider buy if it's not enough light for any of these plants please? thanks so much, I can spend about 35+ not much more and the ones I've seen recommended are over 100 which at this time cannot afford
     
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    Fluval 3.0 for planted, low tech tanks. Fully programmable via a phone/tablet app. The best.
     
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    I'm not exactly sure if my tank is considered low tech, but I am checking the beamsworks and they are fairly good priced for the one I need on my tank,
    Lumen: 2800
    • LEDs: 40x 0.50W
    • Config: 24x 10000K, 8x Actinic 460nm, 4x Red 620nm, 4x Green 520nm
    • Timer Ready, 2 Mode Day / Night
    • Suitable for freshwater, plants, cichlid
    although the lumens are less, I still have yet to understand what I need to look for like most important wats lums ect so thats the one I'm looking at, this is the full specs of my current light
    Lumen: 3510 luminous flux
    LED Quantity: 78pcs
    Voltage: AC 100 to 240 V
    • Power: 19 W
    • White LEDs: 62 pcs, 8000 K, 0.5 w
    • Blue LEDs: 6 pcs, 460 nm, 0.5W
    • Green LEDs: 2 pcs, 500 nm, 0.5 W
    • Pink LEDs: 4 pcs,465 nm, 0.5 W
    • Red LEDs: 4 pcs, 625 nm, 0.5 W
     
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    Sorry, I should have specified : low tech simply means you are not adding CO2. It looks like you’re low tech ! :)
     
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    yes then apparently my tank is low tech as I'm using liquid co2 and mostly fetz and some mixed planted gravel.
     
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    Allot of the lumen ratings aren’t accurate, it’s like allot of ratings they’ll be under only the most ideal conditions and blah blah

    If it’s growing what you have it’s likely enough, it’s a gamble but I’d probably add what you want and if it seems to be struggling then add or change the light.

    The fluval mention is a pretty awesome looking light but it runs close to the price of my saltwater lights so I doubt I’d ever own it either
     
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    Im sure by now youve made a decision on a light but just in case you haven't- normal growlights used for indoor plants also work on aquariums. I actually just bought a 45w full spectrum light for my 20g betta tank and it only cost me $33 off amazon.
     
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    yes still having an isssue with my plant barely growing, stem plants shoots turning black. and since I dose with ferts liquid co2 I don't know what else is going wrong in my tank, Im getting closer to setting up my 29 gallon tank and going to give potting soil and a gravel cap a go and see if its just the substrates. I change my water weekly about 25% some plants do okay others are really struggling which is why I'm trying to find a better light then I do have now, but I cannot do over 50 dollars with my budget at the moment sadly any suggestions on types watts ect before I set up my new 29g would be helpful thanks
     
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