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Dim-able Light vs Low Light

If I wanted to do a low-tech tank with low light plants is there any reason that a dim-able med/high light could not work?

Assuming that it did work it would allow me to move to higher lighting and CO2 easily if I found low-tech to hard too balance.

Am I missing something?

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If I wanted to do a low-tech tank with low light plants is there any reason that a dim-able med/high light could not work?

Assuming that it did work it would allow me to move to higher lighting and CO2 easily if I found low-tech to hard too balance.

Am I missing something?

Thanks.
No you are not missing anything. The only trick is figuring out how much light is in your tank. You might think you are low light but be much higher par. Or you might think you have adequate light but in reality your plants are not getting enough. A par meter would be super helpful in figuring this out. They can be rented online and some local fish stores will also rent them out as well.


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No you are not missing anything. The only trick is figuring out how much light is in your tank. You might think you are low light but be much higher par. Or you might think you have adequate light but in reality your plants are not getting enough. A par meter would be super helpful in figuring this out. They can be rented online and some local fish stores will also rent them out as well.
Great idea. I will check out my LFS this week. Now if I can just pick out some lights!

I just want the basics: dimming and ramp up/down with timers.

Why would anyone want to scare their fish with lightening strikes? :-)
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Great idea. I will check out my LFS this week. Now if I can just pick out some lights!

I just want the basics: dimming and ramp up/down with timers.

Why would anyone want to scare their fish with lightening strikes? :-)
Well fluval planted light 3.0 is the easy go to. On deeper tanks its definitely not 'high light.' If you don't mind buying overseas and waiting for it to ship there is the chihiros wrgb 2. Costs about the same as the fluval but is brighter.


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I prefer dimmable lights as it allows me a longer viewing time with low lights and a couple of hours of high intensity for the plants that need it.

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I prefer dimmable lights as it allows me a longer viewing time with low lights and a couple of hours of high intensity for the plants that need it.
Thanks. I purchased a timer/dimmer after watching a YouTube video from Jurijs Jutjajevs where he demoed one for the same Twinstar light that I purchased.

It has 8 time settings allowing for a nice brightness curve for the day. It will also give me a lot of flexibility if I try more demanding plants once I get the tank stabilized...
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