Originally Posted by ThWind81
Thanks very much Byron.
The light that came with the kit is an Aqueon 18" 15 watt 8000k full spectrum. I know that sunlight most of the day is around 5600-5800k. (I am a pro videographer and usually balance at 5600 during mid-day That number goes up when the sun is rising or setting but that is only during a small fraction of the day.) You recommend a 6500k Life-Glo.Why 6500? Does that light have high light intensity? If you think it will outperform my current tube. I will upgrade.
Off to post my stocking plan to see if I'm on the right track with that. Hope to get a response soon because I'm headed to the LFS in a couple of hours after a water test. I have 5 Neon Tetras, 1 Bolivian Ram Cichlid and a snail right now. Plan on 1 Gold Gaurami and 1 Angel.
I'm loving the new aquarium and will post pics soon. Thanks again man.
You're very welcome. I would toss that Aqueon tube, I am familiar with those; one came with my new 29g hood and went straight to recycling. It is purplish hue for one thing, but of more importance is the weak intensity.
The Life-Glo is the closest tube to midday sun on the market, according to the manufacturer. I use only Life-Glo on my single-tube tanks. It has good blue and red phosphors for plant growth, but sufficient green phosphors to balance for a true rendition of fish and plant colours. ZooMed Ultra Sun is nearly identical. And the "daylight" type tubes made by GE, Phillips and Sylvania (also with 6500K) are very close.
Yes, the intensity is significantly greater with Life-Glo; it is double that of the Aqua-Glo and similar tubes. The Power-Glo is even more, but I am not fond of the slightly-purplish hue it gives.
On my dual-tube tanks I am using one Life-Glo 2 and one Phillips Daylight deluxe. The Life-Glo is noticeably slightly cleaner (cooler white) light, at 6700K not surprising. This is a good combo. If I could get them, I would use a slightly higher K tube with the Life-Glo; previously (before the tubes wore out) I had 11,000K and 10,000K tubes with the Life-Glo, and I really liked the cooler look. Plants did well. But I can't get these locally now, so I went back to the Phillips.
I would not add an angelfish. And not gourami with angelfish. Angels are shoaling fish, and unless you intend to have a breeding pair, they should be in groups of 5 or more. And that means a 4-foot tank like a 55g minimum. They attain 6+ inches with an 8+ inch fin span.
Gourami without the angel might work, depending upon the species. The medium/larger gourami will eat neons and any similar fish. I watched 3 Blue Gourami corner a neon in a store tank one day, and the neon was gone in a matter of seconds. The gourami then turned their attention to another neon. I didn't stay to see more.