Originally Posted by shadetreeme
YOU GUYS ARE AMAZING!!!!!
I have been on many Forums for lots of different hobbies and interest , and have never found a group as knowledgable and helpful as this.
It does make a huge difference to have something explaned rather than just having somone say "you have the wrong bulbs idiot"
. I will, for the sake of my plants, go back to the 6500K.
Would it be OK to add an LED strip to get the extra light I like??
I don't want to be telling you or anyone to use this or that; it is your tank and it should be what you want. But having said that, there are the plants--and fish--to consider when choosing light. And IO feel obligated to provide advice when I can toward the best conditions for the health of both plants and fish.
LED has not yet shown itself overly useful with planted tanks, according to what I have read. However, advancements continue to be made in this as in other aspects of the hobby. But for the present I know of no better light than full spectrum/cool blue combo in fluorescent tubes or compact fluorescent bulbs, with a kelvin around 6500K. Diana Walstad in her book Ecology of the Planted Aquarium
cites scientific studies that proved plant growth was better under this light.
The danger with adding more blue or whatever is that plants can't use it, and algae will; initially you had an algae issue, and the light is a major part of the reason. So it may be difficult to control. And speaking from experience, I would not do anything that is likely to cause algae to increase. It can be very difficult to stop it safely.
As for the fish, forest fish do not like bright light. They live in shaded waters among branches, floating and/or overhanging vegetation, and over a dark substrate [with very few exceptions]. Light has to be monitored so that it is not excessive for the fish as well as the plants.