Lighting for new tank 63g

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Ive read loads on low light forums 1 watt per gallon.. PAR measurements I'm lost... So I'm hoping by providing a few details you can tell me a good light unit that's easily available in QLD Australia parts and bulbs easily accessible and not too pricey..

Currently for my 63g which isn't up and running yet I have a 4 foot aqua one unit with 1x T8 40watt sunlight bulb and an aqualina slimline LED which came with the tank but I don't know much about it so not sure of watts etc. I need advice on whether the Aquaone unit 40 watt will work but going by the watts per gallon rule it won't I think id need about 80-100 watt bulb.. Can someone work out par for me and tell me what light unit I should get for low light plants..
Tank dimensions are -
4 foot x 54cm tall x 46cm wide

My current plants in my 40 gallon that has a 30watt tropical bulb over it are:
- elodia, annubis, hairgrass, wisteria, ambulia, lizard tail (only put in yeturday) and something I can't remember.. They seem to be doing fine so far..

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From what I have learned the last day or 2, LED is the way to go. They cost more upfront, but save you money in the long, both on bulbs and electricity cost. One unit can run for 50,000 hours before the lights begin to dim, and its even been stated that they are good for another 50,000 before you have to replace them. (that's 27 years for 10 hours a day!!!).

I was recently recommend this light for my 55gallon, which is the same height as your tank.

I don't know if you can have it shipped to Aus but you can find that type of set up locally otherwise. Dolfan is the one who helped me the most, along with Dom90
 

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Yes this is the same LED I'm running on my 75 gallon and I have to say it works great. Not too expensive for a LED and it will keep long term energy costs down compared to T8s or metal halides.


 
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Can anyone tell me an australian version?

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Can anyone tell me the basics to what I need to look for on the light unit.. Watts per bulb etc


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Would 2x 54watt T5 HO bulbs be enough or too much for my tank??

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I tried ebay for finnex lights only international sellers.. What do people who live in australia use for there low light setup

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Has anyone had success chosing lights without measuring PAR? I don't want to have to buy a measurer

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LED is the way to go. It's cheaper to run and lasts many many years. Let me do some digging on Australia models and I'll get back to ya

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They ship to Australia and that is the model that was recommended to me for the same length and depth as your tank.
 
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Ok it seems a bit cheap to me which size model do I go for?

Can I see it set up on ur tank?

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I have yet to get it.. lol. I am short on funds right now I am planning to have it with 2-4 weeks. I think Dolfan has this light on his tank. You would want the 48 inch if your tank is 48 inches (4 foot) long. I have been searching and researching these lights for the last couple days and I have yet to find a bad review with an actual fault. Most of the bad reviews are saying that it causes too much algae to form. As long as you keep the lighting hours to about 8-10 hours a day and have sufficient amount of plants, algae shouldnt be much of a concern. If you have a pleco, oto, or other algae eater, the algae growth would be welcomed and actually a good thing!
 
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Yeah well I have a BN and I want some zebra nerite snails so not too worried about the algea..

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