Would these lights be good for a 55g?

Discussion in 'Aquarium Plants' started by Ap05, Jul 14, 2014.

  1. Ap05Well Known MemberMember

    Looking to replace my 65 Watt 10,000k cfl bulbs with these. I'd be going from 2.3 to an even 2 wpg, but do these look good for planted tanks?

     
     
  2. Dolfan

    DolfanFishlore VIPMember

    Yes those should work. Remember that watts per gallon is an outdated method for light estimation. It doesn't take into account reflectors, water depth, height above water level, etc. PAR is the better way to estimate the light for your tank. Assuming you have a standard 55 gallon tank, I think those lights would be good for any low light plants and maybe you could do a few moderate light level plants. Any plants that need some extra light you can always put in a terra cotta pot with some substrate or soil with gravel cap to raise it a bit closer to the light.
     
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  4. Dolfan

    DolfanFishlore VIPMember

    Should be great for all of those as they are all low light plants aside from the cabomba which needs a little bit more, but should still be fine.
     
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    Ap05Well Known MemberMember

    Great thanks? Upon further research, apparently my 10k bulbs, not actinic, aren't the best for my plants
     
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    Ap05Well Known MemberMember

    Got 2 of those shipped for 17 bucks. Can't beat that!
     




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