12-29-2012, 12:46 AM
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That choice of lighting seems a little excessive (ok, a lot excessive) for what you want. I'd wait for Byron or Quantom, or a few others for some advice before going this route. I've been researching lighting for over a week and have been doing a back and forth with them and finally settled on a 36" dual T5 (normal output) 42W light. I ran this by my lfs guy before purchasing today and he said that this should work well for the plants I'm trying to keep (very similar to your list). I can tell you after putting it up today the differnace is incredible. And my tank is a bit deeper than yours. I have a 65 high which is 24 inches tall where I suspect yours is only 19 inches tall being a standard 50g.
I'm not an expert but just hope you get some more advice before purchasing.
Originally Posted by rexpepper651
ive decided to start researching and looking into adding real plants to my tank. nothing too crazy tho. i have a 50g tank with two 18in single bulb lights. i was looking online and found something better. its a 108watt dual bulb 48in light fixture its 6700k. would this light work for growing java moss,java ferns, amazon swords, water sprite and mini christmas moss? what kind of fertilizer tabs are going to work best? i was reading liquid fertilizer helps alge grow? is it true that you cant have aeration in a planted tank? im kind of fond of my 12in bubble wall and my 8in one as well but if need be it can go. i believe thats all the questions i can think of as of right now lol thanks for the help! i didnt think i was going to get so into this hobby when i first got my tank but its always seemed like it was missing something ya know like that natural look or something.