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Yea if you want a dwarf hair grass carpet you really need co2. It will grow without it but it won't carpet it will just clump.
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Amazon has Nicrew Lights, and those are a super good deal.

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NICREW are nice but their light output is low comparing to Beamswork which is just 10 dollars more. Between these two I would take Beamswork without a second thought.

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AFAICT..DHG just needs sufficient CO2..light intensity isn't the key really.
like anything some people can grow orchids in a desert..

https://www.advancedplantedtank.com/...ng-plants.html
Suggests starting w/ 50PAR at the substrate..


NOTE: Low tech (no CO2) tanks..
To get 50 PAR at the substrate I will need two Beamswork then. I really like Fluval 3.0 but I would probably need two of them and that's way too expensive for me.
I hate that two Beamswork with controllers in price come close to the price of one Fluval 3.0 which makes it hard for me to decide if I should get one Fluval or two Beamswork...

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NICREW are nice but their light output is low comparing to Beamswork which is just 10 dollars more. Between these two I would take Beamswork without a second thought.
Yes, I just realized that. I am going to get beamswork instead now.

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Yea if you want a dwarf hair grass carpet you really need co2. It will grow without it but it won't carpet it will just clump.
In this case it might not be a bad idea to dry start the hair grass untill it gets more or less established. Gotta look into this.

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How is your tank doing with the Beamswork fixture? I have been using a Beamswork 6500K .50 watt fixture on a low tech 46 gallon bowfront tank for around 8 months, and low light plants like swords and vals are doing fine.
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I wanted to go Beamswork but ended up with a Nicrew Classic LED Plus since Im in Europe and Beamswork isn't easily available. I'm getting good growth with the Nicrew and you can check out my tank journal for pics, but I think even the Classic LED Plus is pretty low light. If you can get Beamswork for basically the same price I'd go that way if you absolutely want to try one of these cheaper lights. I will probably upgrade to a Chihiros as my plants a little be leggy.
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To get 50 PAR at the substrate I will need two Beamswork then. I really like Fluval 3.0 but I would probably need two of them and that's way too expensive for me.
I hate that two Beamswork with controllers in price come close to the price of one Fluval 3.0 which makes it hard for me to decide if I should get one Fluval or two Beamswork...
Having owned both the DA FSPEC and the Fluval 3.0, the Fluval is leagues ahead of the Beamswork in terms of functionality, light output, and color spectrum. I consider it a worthwhile purchase, but yes it is considerably more expensive than the Beamswork. Is it worth it? I think so. But if your budget is limited, the Beamswork is a whole lot of light for not a lot of money. If you are planning on growing carpeting plants, and want them to properly carpet, I don't see how you're going to do that on the cheap in a 75 gallon. You'd save yourself a lot of headache and heartache if you doubled up on lights and invested in a co2 system.

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