Welcome to the planted tank world.
It seems in the last year or so we have seen a large number of reefers converting to planted here. The attention to detail required for reef will be very helpful to you. They are both complicated but in different ways.
I am not familiar with the lights you mentioned, but after a quick search looks like they will be capable of producing lots of PAR. Keep in mind more is not necessarily better, and you will want to match the light intensity to type of plants you choose.
Good luck and look forward to seeing how things develop.
Thank you! And yeah... i don't think PAR will be a problem. I'm probably the one who will be the problem. LOL
Dennis, have you received your tank from water box yet. How’s the quality? I am trying to decide between:
It shipped yesterday via UPS freight. I think it's supposed to be here around Tuesday this coming week but not sure if that means my home or if they will be calling me to schedule delivery. I would assume the latter. Either way I should have it around mid-week.
I'm going to do some unboxing and setup vids. Hopefully that will give you a pretty good idea.
My current (well, previous now) reef tank was an Elos Diamond Line. So I'll be comparing the WaterBox to what is basically considered THE premium "off-the-shelf" aquarium.
We are talking about two systems where one is literally twice the price (at least) of the other, so I would definitely expect some differences. But just from what I've seen online, I do have high hopes for the WB tank and stand.
The great thing about the GHL Lights is that they are fully adjustable. Something that planted tank light makers have decided to not include in their designs.
You never see a Reef Led light that is not fully adjustable. So you can give the corals the right amount of par. Would be so helpful if it was a thing in the planted tank world of lighting too.
Not only intensity (PAR), but spectrum as well.
The settings GHL offers in their software is pretty impressive and go beyond what you'll find in most light systems, even other reef lights. For example, you can even "borrow" power from one color channel and overdrive another.