View Full Version : lighting?

01-01-2012, 12:03 AM
just started my new planted tank, have a question about lighting. i have two 54watt t5's. one is a 6700k and the other is a 10,000k daylight my question is does this work for a planted tank? the 10000k is really what i am wondering if i will see any growth from this bulb?

01-01-2012, 01:35 AM
with freshwater its more about watts per gallon then the k value as i understand. I have on top of my planted angel, two t5 ho's that are 39 watts each. Just make sure you dont go super high on watts or youll need co2. As well what kind of plants are you having in your tank? red plants need higher light then say jave fern or moss. Good luck as well if you not running co2, pick up some flourish excel it has helped me out big time

01-01-2012, 01:54 AM
Yes, it will work but plants grow better under the full daylight spectrum (6500k).

01-01-2012, 05:00 PM
thanks guys, i am running 2 watts per gallon (54watt bulbs each) and i will be buying a Fluval Pressurized 88 g CO2 Kit. i would like to keep some lower light red plants like Ludwigia Peruenis,Cabomba.

i have right now,
Balansae Plant
Rotala Indica
Spiralis (Cryptocoryne spiralis)
java moss