Newbie lighting question.
I'm hoping to leverage the knowledge and experience of this site for what is probably a simple question.
We recently bought a family aquarium with the intention of creating a planted tank. It is currently cycling with some guppies while we read, read, and read some more about this hobby.
The tank we purchased is a 56 gallon column (30x18x24) and it came with two 30" AquaticLife T5H0 linkable fixtures. Each fixture came with two 24" 24W bulbs (6000K and 650mn roseate) for a total of 4 bulbs.
I'm trying to determine which category of lighting this tank falls into (low, moderate, high) and to be honest I'm vastly overwhelmed and confused at the moment.
As I understand it watts/gallon is an outdated measurement and the PAR rating is better, but you need a special tool to measure it. I've checked out the tables in Hoppy's thread, but I didn't see my light fixture mentioned or know of a good comparison.
Since so much in this hobby starts with how much light the plants have, could you help a newbie out and help me understand what category of light my tank falls into?
Any help is much appreciated.