Hey all!! Im new to this forum but have heard it's one of the best on the web. First off I would like to say that I am not a newbie to the aquarium community nor am I an expert. Any who, I have a question about my new 40 G. tank.... the dimensions are 36"x18"x16". Let me preface this by stating this will be a FISH ONLY tank. No live plants what-so-ever. I alread have a 20 gallon heavily planted tank with DIY CO2 and fert dosing and just want something easier for my fiance and I to enjoy in our new place. I will be running a Rena XP4 with Tahitian moon sand, natural rock formations and caves made of slate/bed rock (and a few fake plants for color and to appease the fiance), lastly it will be stocked with:
3 panda cories
4 peppered cories
1 rubberlip pleco
5 amano shrimp
5 black neons
1 regular neon (adopted from my brother, soon to be a school of 5)
2 siamese flying foxes
2 MTS (malaysian trumpet snails)
I am interested in getting an LED fixture for this tank but have some questions/concerns:
1. I am looking into a 600 lumen fixture its actually the Marineland Double bright LED fixture 24"-36"
and want to know if this is too much light for my tank. IE. will it cause algae problems... I know algae will grow if I do not care for the tank which i do on a regular basis but my job has me leaving my tank for 24-48 hours at a time. It will be on a timer that runs for 6 hours a day. I am only asking because I have no experience with LED fixtures (my current tank runs a hagen GLO T5 HO 2x24w).
Any help will be greatly appreciated.
P.s. I am looking into that fixture because that is what my LFS has as far as freshwater LED. And I do very much like the 3 lighting options, daylight/lunar/off.