Originally Posted by orador223
So I have a 65 gallon planted tank and I'm currently using two shoplight fixtures that house 2 t8 bulbs each and one single lamp t12 fixture for a total of 168 watts. These fixtures take up too much space and take too much power, so i'm thinking of going with a LED fixture. Not trying to spend more than $100 for a 48in fixture, so i was thinking of a marineland single, double, or aqueon fixture.
My current plants:
Needle leaf fern
Skip the single, it's not enough. The double would work with the plants you have, I had the double and it worked for everything on your list, although I'm not sure about the needle leaf fern , not familiar with it. If you don't mind a dark end or slightly dark ends you can get away with undersizing the fixture with the marineland... Buy a 36" and it fits a 48" tank with extendable legs. I did that with java fern and crypts in the dark end with a 24" over a 30" tank and the fixture is completely off to one side.
If you are not going to have surface plants that fixture would provide enough light for all but the most light needy stuff... I have a thick mat of surface plants so I stepped it up to the plant light system, seriously more money than the Doublebright though.