Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Melbourne, Australia
Lighting a planted 3x2x2ft tank
I'm trying to decide how full on to go with the lighting fixture for my new tank. I've calculated the WPG but I don't like to rely on that alone, coupled with the fact the tank is 3x2x2ft so it will be quite deep.
The tank will have ADA New Amazonia as the substrate and I plan on dosing liquid CO2 to start, with hopes of moving up to a proper CO2 setup sometime in the future (probably not for another 12 months or so). The tank will be heavily planted, and I'm aiming to try some medium to high light requiring plants.
With the lighting fixture I'm tossing up between 4 x 39w tubes, or 6 x 39w tubes. Obviously there's only so far I can go in terms of lighting before it becomes obsolete due to a lack of CO2.
Would love some advice from more experienced planted tank peeps, as all I've ever dealt with is fairly low tech setups.