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Lighting opinions on my 29 gallon (18" tall)

Discussion in 'Lighting' started by Jarod, Apr 1, 2015.

  1. Jarod

    Jarod Junior Poster

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    I figured one 30" planted plus would be sufficient but I have some areas that a second fixture would help illuminating and increasing my PAR. I noticed when I temporarily added a 48" inch current sattelight fixture over the tank that within 20 minutes the plants started pearling like mad. So I guess it would benefit for me to have a second 30 in fixture but I don't want to overdue it. Im debating just adding a stingray. I suppose i could add a second planted plus but I imagine that might even be to bright. Any opinions? What would you folks do?


    EDIT for clarification. The 30" is a,finnex planted plus.
     
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    burr740 Micros Spiller
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    It all depends on whether or not you have the CO2/nutrient levels/plant mass...to handle X amount of more light. Im not sure anyone can answer this question better than you. The stingray will add about 20-25 PAR at roughly 18" (2-3 inches of substrate, 2-3 inches from surface).


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    So if you're just looking for more visibility, and a slight bump in overall lighting, that would possibly be a good option. If on the other hand you're looking to step up into a higher realm of overall light, you may want to consider something stronger.


    Run the two sat+ plus fixtures for a week or two and see what happens is what I would do. Pull the second one off at the first sign of algae. If things go well then look for something with a little more punch than a Stingray. If it proves to be too much, then a stingray may be a perfect addition.


    Im a big fan of stingrays fwiw, great color rendition compared to similar priced leds. They just arent very bright.
     
  3. Jarod

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    Thanks for the reponse. Yeah, Im pretty sure I will get the stingray. I do have the co2 and nutrients to support higher light. Fyi, my 30 in fixture is a finnex planted+ and the 48 is the satelight. I have a strong feeling that the stingray will do just fine as a second fixture and also be visually appealing.
     
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