Originally Posted by Drewsplantednutz
Thank you so much for this post. I'm new to having plants in my tank and love leds. I seen the marineland single bright 18-24 at petsmart and had to buy it. I did a little research onit before that and was only comparing it to their double bright model. I have a low light plant package I bought from plantedaquariumscentral.com. After about a week using this light, my anacharis looks like its tips are starting to curl downward. Soooooo, I packed that light back in its box and will be returning it today and putting that $50 towards a real led light. I want a strip type that will sit on top of my open 20g high. I'm looking at the ecoxotic panorama or stunner because I want to be able to upgrade to a 55g and only have to buy an extra strip to add to what I would have. Anyone recommend a led strip/bar type for under $100 for my 20g high? I have Java fern, Java moss, anacharis, a marimo ball, crypto wendtii, crypto retrospiralis and dwarf baby tears. From what ive read, the baby tears are out of my league but I wanted that nice lawn look for my foreground. Any led suggestions?
Glad this helped you out! When it comes to your light needs, you cant carpet HC without at least medium/high light. If i remember correctly, your tank is 24"x13"x17". At that depth and width, i think two 24" stunner strips would give you medium/high light and get you on your way to a good carpet. You'd better be running Co2 though.
Get the 8000k white ones. The initial cost is going to be a bit, so you might be able to just start with one strip for now, and upgrade when you've got the money. $80 for one 24" strip, $16 for a power transformer, and 2 x $7 for two reflectors (not required, but recommended). $96 without reflectors for one, $110 for one with reflectors, $204 for two with reflectors.
If you take the HC out of the equation you can probably get away with just one, and add another when you go to 55, since it's 48" long instead of 24". These stunner strips are probably your best option for modularity, since you plan on upgrading. Or a couple panorama fixtures, they cover a little more area. Thats a higher cost though.
A second option would be: go down to IKEA and get a light fixture you wouldnt mind hanging above your tank and are big enough for spotlight bulbs, and get a couple of the WingoLED PAR38 bulbs, they screw into a standard E26/27 bulb socket. I have no idea what these cost, but it's worth looking into, and you could make it match your home decor.