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Old 02-14-2017, 07:38 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi everyone, so I'm new to planted tanks and I bought my plants and fish about 3 weeks ago. Most of the plants are not doing very well. The only plants that seem to be doing well are the swords (I don't really know the name of the other plants). I'm thinking that it might be due to the lights in my aquarium. I have a standard 55 gallon tank with 2 15W T8 Full Spectrum lights on either side of the tank. I only use root tabs once a month (since I've only had the fish and plants for 3 weeks only used that once) and I add one cap of Flourish Excel whenever I do water changes. Are these lights okay for my tank? I keep the lights on for about 10 hours a day. Is that too long? Thanks in advance for any help.
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Do you have two T8 bulbs on each side, making 4 bulbs total? Each bulb is 18 inches long? If that is what you have you should have enough light to grow low light plants, including the sword plants. Do you have a photo of the tank, so we can see what other plants you have?
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I have one bulb on each side, so 2 in total. Would you prefer close up pictures or one big picture of the plants?
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It is unlikely that you have enough light for even most low light plants to grow well. Most of the time just a full tank photo is enough for us to figure out what plants you have, etc.
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That's not very much light at all because of the depth of a 55 gallon tank, you'd need 2 on each side to get healthy growing plants.


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Here's a picture of my tank so far. I plan on removing the decorations on the sides for something nicer. What kind of lights would recommend I get?
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What's your budget? If you want something automated like the planted+ 24/7 then that would work and it would be Low light because of your depth. Something cheaper would be a beamswork 6500k 1W led version not the .5W, you can get them both on amazon or eBay.


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I think I'll with the beamsworth but there's one small problem. In the middle of my tank there's a brace. Would the light damage that brace?
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No that won't be a problem


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Okay thank you. And I'm assuming that these lights are sufficient for all of the plants in my tank?
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