I am setting up a new 55 gallon planted tank. I don't plan to run co2, but would like to be able to grow stem plants. Because of the depth I am wondering what would work well. Any advice would be appreciated.
you know, I think people need to start things like this in a different direction.
Getting enough photons to your plants and generally in the correct spectrum is easy.
Getting a "look" one expects isn't always so easy.
Someday I may figure a dichotomous key type thing for this like
1)Do you want a diffuse look (go to A)
Do you want a more 3d look w/ shadows (go to B)
Do you want a little of both (go to C)
B) Do you want control? (go to a1)
Do you not care about control (go to b1)
a1 do you want candy or enhanced colored tanks (go to AA)
do you want natural tones w/ possible enhancements (go to BB)
BB Expensive (aaa)
aaa Panel (120)
Would make making suggestions easy.
Oh and as much as I used these for various things it is obvious I never built one.
The more ambitious here are free to expanding on the topic