At a Crossroads need Straight talk about lighting
As you guys know I have just started a Nuvo 16 build. It will be a high light Planted tank.
It comes with 2 8 w 10K LED clip-on lights. Nice but far too weak.
I have looked at the Current Satellite Freshwater Plus which is a RGB 6700K LED light 18 watt. But that even with the clip on;s does not get me to at a min 3 watts per gallon.
I have looked at some high dollar LED fixtures which are sweet but not the spectrum that I really want the are generally 10K -8K spectrum. So I have been continuing my search and am now considering two Aquaticlife units.
The AquaticLife T5 HO Dual Lamp Light 48 watt which would give me 3.6 watts per gallon. It would have any combination of 1 6700k bulbs from Tru-Lumen, Coralife and Life-Glo) and 1 AquaticLife T5 HO Pink Roseate 650nm Fluorescent Lamps. This sounds good but I would like have a timer, and more spectrum so I am also looking at his big brother AquaticLife T5 HO and Lunar Light Fixtures this is a 96 watt 4 lamp fixture. In this I would be able to run 2 6700K and 2 Pink or a pink and a 10K as the 10K would basically add some blue to the spectrum but the plants would not find much benefit in that range. This would get me up to 5.5 watts per gallon which is less than many of you might think as I was told that in a fresh water planted tank not to count the wattage of a 10k light as it as mentioned above does not have much spectrum for plants but does add a bit of blue to the lighting.
I like this fixture because I can have any combination of 2 lights come on at different times or all come on for the duration. Further at night I has lunar LEDs and includes a 3-channel digital timer. I know the plants would not benefit from the lunar but I think the fish would.
So now I must leave it up to the vets. Would you go with this system. I can always turn off one pair should I find it too much at a given time. Further with 4 lights it will fully cover the tank from front to rear not just some in the middle relying on spread to get light where we want it .
I would like to order my lights soon as the tank will be here Friday,