07-26-2014, 04:27 PM
Join Date: Jul 2013
| | Lighting suggestions needed
I know that lighting is discussed ad nauseum in the forums. So why I am having so much trouble making a decision is a puzzle. But I am simply agonizing over how best to light a standard 9 gallon tank. I would like to be able to grow as many different plants as possible although at the depth of the tank, it may be hard to grow glosso.
Here is what I am struggling with.
I would prefer either LED or T5 HO lighting. But I can't find a single fixture that will do the job on a tank this size. I would need to but three or four fixtures. That seems crazy!
I looked at the Kessel LED fixtures at my LFS where they have them on one of their planted tanks. But the light has an odd green tint that I really don't like and they say that they can't grow red plants. I noticed that the plants they have in the tank are low to moderate light plants, Certainly nothing light hungry.
Other systems I have looked at are enormously expensive. I have looked at some DIY solutions but I'm not convinced about those. Someone suggested a 6700K LED Spotlight or two. But I haven't seen anything like that anywhere.
So, who has used what to successfully light a 90 gallon heavily planted tank? Please relieve me of this indecision!