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Question 40B help for a newbie

I am setting up a 40b, and I am shooting for an Amazonian Biotope type theme. I have been doing some research, and I am stuck on lighting.

I have 0 experience with planted tanks and I have been doing some research, but for my tank what would you say would be the best option?

I want to keep this tank hands off as much as possible. I have ran super high tech reef tanks for years, and I am tired off all the constant monitoring and maintenance.

The plant list I have so far is: (Keep in mind, I have no idea what the plants need as far as lighting)

Alternanthera reinecki
Lilaeopsis Brazi
Echinodorus osiris
Echinodorus tenellus
Myriophyllum elatinoides
Heteranthera zosteraefolia
Hydrocotyle leucocephala


I am looking at the Current Pro +, the Pro, finnex planted + (24/7 is not needed but why not) What would be your pick?
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I think you may find you will need 2 lights or deal with the lack of spread. I am in the exact same process now and that is what I am hearing. Also I have a planted plus 24/7 and while it is pretty, you may have to scrap the 24 hour mode to get the duration and intensity needed. - my 2 cents
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Ok I have an old T5ho 4 bulb fixture running around here somewhere that is 36inches. WOuld that be a better option? and which bulbs should I get
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Ok I have an old T5ho 4 bulb fixture running around here somewhere that is 36inches. WOuld that be a better option? and which bulbs should I get

Or would 4 bulbs be over kill on a 40b?
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I think you may find you will need 2 lights or deal with the lack of spread. I am in the exact same process now and that is what I am hearing. Also I have a planted plus 24/7 and while it is pretty, you may have to scrap the 24 hour mode to get the duration and intensity needed. - my 2 cents
OK so more research has been done and I have found this guy on good ole fleebay:

Beamswork DA 6500K LED Aquarium Light 0.50W Freshwater Plant

The price is right at 46.00 per fixture.

Here are the specs:

36" DA 90 100x - 5000 lumen 84x 6500K, 16x Actinic

Now at that price I can certainly afford getting two fixtures. Which would solve the Narrow beam issue, but would it be way to much light? Would I be good with one?
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You would need 2 of those which would also provide great spread


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You would need 2 of those which would also provide great spread


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Thanks! I just placed my order. So if the weather would only clear up So I can go and get my tank out of storage, I will be ready to set it up! I have my substrate, Stand, Filter, and now Lights. Time get the party started!
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Nice! Good luck with the planted tank!


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Might be too late, but if you dont have a tall hardscape, your old 2 bulbs t5ho might actually be enough. It's not like your plants of choice need a lot of light anyways.

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Where are you at in east TN?
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Where are you at in east TN?
Im in rutledge, outside of knoxville!
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From personal experience with a shallow and wide tank: make sure you have good circulation around the front and back. Things might get troublesome otherwise.
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From personal experience with a shallow and wide tank: make sure you have good circulation around the front and back. Things might get troublesome otherwise.
I have a few power heads laying about from my salt water reef hobby, I can toss in. How much flow do you think I would need?
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I have a few power heads laying about from my salt water reef hobby, I can toss in. How much flow do you think I would need?


On my breeder I have a filter pushing about 300gph and an eheim 350 skimmer pushing around a bit as well. Things are going great.


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I have a few power heads laying about from my salt water reef hobby, I can toss in. How much flow do you think I would need?
Just enough to get good circulation to all of the plants. You don't want them pushed flat, just gently swaying. If you're planning on doing a low hardscape (iwagumi or small wood) or one that gives you plenty of room around the sides for water to move, the filter might be enough. For example, in my 48x24x16 even pushing 800 gph wasn't enough to get enough water moving in the back so I had to add a small powerhead for additional movement.

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