02-10-2016, 03:04 AM
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: The Netherlands
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| | Re: Getting started
Best advice I can gives you: 50 par at the substrate is enough to grow most plants. Wouldn't go higher than 120. If this is your first planted tank, I would advice 50 at the substrate max! Anything more will grow algae instead of plants. When everything goes good, you can slowly ramp it up of you like. Look at the 1000L tank in my signature, 35 par at the bottom. 250 gallon, with 324W T5HO. More than enough to grow any plant you'll find at the normal lfs!
Colorwise, anything from 3000K to 14000K will grow plants. Around 6000-8000k looks most natural with plants. So pick whatever you like, as long as you don't use anything extreme.
Another thing thats very important when you come from a saltwater tank. PO4 and NO3 are your friend
read up about them. Skip any article that tells you they induce algae. Thats not true. For the rest, start with simple plants and a lot! And most important, enjoy!