Planted Tank Enthusiast
Join Date: Dec 2016
Location: CT River Valley, CT, USA
need info on PAR meters
I have a good friend who owns a PAR meter for his saltwater reef tank. Would I be able to use this to check the PAR in my planted tank as well, or are they going to be measuring different things? I know that reef tanks and planted tanks use completely different light spectrums, and I honestly have no idea how PAR meters even work in the first place.
As an example, if the meter doesn't recognize red light because it's calibrated for the reef tank, then I might turn my lights way, way higher than they should be because I think my PAR is low.
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