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So I read some articles around the web about aquatic lighting for planted tank and I am getting conflicting advice. Some advice to follow ...
So I read some articles around the web about aquatic lighting for planted tank and I am getting conflicting advice. Some advice to follow the WPG rule while this forum does not. I have a 125G and I wanted to buy two of these fixtures Shop Utilitech 3" Utility Fluorescent Lighting at Lowes.com with T8 bulbs. Is this an ok setup?
I do not want to grow anything crazy. I was thinking something like Java Ferns
I agree with Geo. And I also suggest dual tubes. In such a large tank, you will undoubtedly want to expand your plant options, and sword plants would be ideal. I have two 48-inch tubes over my 5-foot 115g tank and it is ideal. If your tank is 6 feet, what Geo sugested would be comparable.
I actually think the light isn't too much if you plan on planting heavily. Just load up with enough floaters to cover the surface- amazon frogbit, red root floaters, and water lettuce would do very well. If you can give a few inches gap between the water and the lights, even water hyacinth would be great.
(I agree the light is the upper end.. I use depth as a much better guide for light, but I'm still working on a formula...
if it helps, I use 20 watts for a depth of 12 inches. Posted via Mobile Device