Join Date: May 2019
Location: Alberta, Canada
Choosing a light for new setup
I am new to planted tanks but I used to run a 25 gallon fully automated sps reef tank that I had to dismantle because of a move a few years ago. It was a really sad day for me.
I am now in a position to start another tank but I am looking to go with a high teck planted one this time.
The tank will be fairly small around 20 gallons 23.5-24" long 15" high and 14 1/4" wide.
I am planning to grow mostly one plant (Micranthemum tweediei or "Monte Carlo") as a lush carpet with some hardscape and a few neon tetras. Looking for a very clean setup.
I have been looking at the 24" Current USA Satellite Plus Pro for the tank. From the review I have seen it puts out about 75 par at 12" so about the depth of my tank after soil and accounting for some rim.
In your opinion would this be bright enough? I have had a hard time finding the required par levels for some plants.
Also any other suggestions would be appreciated. I was interested in the current pro partial because of the clean build built in timer and dimming. I had this with my reef tank on my lights and it was nice but not required.