12-08-2008, 09:02 AM
Join Date: Feb 2005
| | 30 Gallon Oceanic Cube Lighting
I am setting up a low light planted 30 gallon cube. The tank is 19" in height. I have the 18w standard NO fluorescent that comes with the tank. I have SMS charcoal substrate.
I am looking to grow some hardy plants:
Maybe chain sword
Red Tiger Lotus
And that's about all. I don't plan on Co2. Obviously the current lighting won't be enough but what could I add that will allow for some growth (not looking for fast growth but do want some!), without creating algae issues.
It seems the easiest 20" fixture to find is the 96w coralife but that I fear would be too much. I'm thinking maybe a single 40w strip in cojunction with the 18w would be about right? I do have a small spiral 20w fixture I could add to the 18w -to put the tank at about 1w per gallon, do you think that would be sufficient?