I think through reading both here and other sites I've managed to confuse myself. While I'm not new to aquariums I am new to having live plants. SO here's why I'm confused....
Looking at some of the charts some here have posted and other sites it looks like to reach a moderate light level I will need a dual tube t5ho fixture but I also saw mention of the chrome diamond plate double t8 i was looking at a home depot a cple days ago would put me into the moderate range.
What I have acquired over the last two weeks since deciding I wanted to give live plants a try is:
ozelot (one red leaf with red speckle and one green leaf red speckle)
I bought two of each and did a 2 3 6 pattern front to back. Sadly unlike my usual self I didnt do my research before hand and saw the ozelot's in the lfs and thought they looked cool....big mistake on my part but I'm trying to correct that situation now
From what I've been able to find on the plants I have if what I found is correct it looks like the moderate level will appease all of them...if that level is not correct please let me know though.
So which fixture will actually get me to that level? the dual t5ho or will the diamond plate fixture from home depot suffice as advertised? I don't plan on going high tech with injected co2 but I have been using one cap excel every other day and rather then flourish once a week I've been splitting the dosing to 3/4 cap twice a week....again if you think I should tweak that please let me know.
The current light is just a standard single t8 aquarium strip with a phillips 6500k bulb btw. I did add a 36" strip with a 6500k bulb in it over the ozelots and noticed a difference between them having started to die off and a small rebound so I know I dont have enough light but as I said I'm a little confused between some of what I read.