02-08-2013, 12:16 PM
| || | LED... but I am biased as it is all I looked at.
Originally Posted by Molinious
ok lighting for it...... T5 or T8? Tubes ir led?
Any idea of what plants you want in the tank? Most LED would restrict you somewhat to the slightly lower light selection of plants so it is a consideration. I am toying around with the idea of a second fixture but I am making out very well with the first that I probably won't actually do it.
A Marineland Doublebright 48" is rated at 2,600 lux at 24"... (how tall is your tank?... rating would have to be adjusted for that) I use the 24" fixture rated at 1,750 lux at 24" and I make out OK with a wide range of plants so far.
Some examples: low light seems to be in the 500 lux area, (crypts). Moderate light 500-1,000 lux, (Anubias, sagittaria). Bright 1,000 - 1,500 lux (ludwigia). Very bright 1,500+ lux, (cabomba, hygrophila, vallisneria).