Now that I have my aquarium all set up with plants, fish and fertilizer, now I am at the lights. I did some reading on lights and what is needed for aquarium plants to produce a healthy groth rate and plants. I recenty did some reading on these 2 LED lighting fixtures I have... Heres a link:
I noticed that one of these has 310 lumen. I have 2 so 620 lumens total for my 55 gallon planted tank. For some reason this doesnt sound like a lot to me. I cannot find the wattage per LED, so I dont know that. I was wondering if this is sufficient enough? If not, here are some scenarios that I thought I would do to enhance the lighting for my aquarium...
1.). I would buy another LED fixture just like the 2 (above) I already have, then the lighting would consist of 3 of these LED fixtures which would produce 930 lumens (sorry dont know the watts or kelvins for these).
2.). I have 2 24" light fixtures with either 2 10,000 k coralife T8 bulbs, or 2 aqueon full spectrum T8 bulbs.
3.). 48in dual T8 shoplight. I will need to get the correct bulbs (whatever you all suggest) for this fixture.
Please let me know what you all think. This is my first crack at a low tech planted aquarium.
Also, another thing that concerns me is the article Byron posted about light and fish. It seems (from the article) as if a brightly lit aquarium would cause stress to a fish and on their eyes. Just wanted to bring this up to see everyone elses thoughts. Posted via Mobile Device