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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 08-08-2016, 05:12 PM Thread Starter
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Help Me Decide On Light For 5 Gallon

Trying to decide between: 18" Zoomed LED HO with plant modules, Coralife Aqualight Mini, Finnex Planted+ clip on model, or JBJ Macro Glo 25 watt. Definitely want to grow carpet plants this time. What do you guys think? Standard 5 gallon 16 long, 11 tall. Want to stay under $100.
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 08-09-2016, 12:17 PM
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I can say the the Finnex Planted+ clip on probably won't give you enough PAR for a carpet plant. I have that light on my 5 gallon growing anubias very well, but not much else. I'm not sure about the other lights you suggested. I think the standard 12" or 16" Finnex Planted plus will get you the PAR needed for a carpet. It's a very bright light.
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Thanks for feedback. That's actually what I decided on. The 16" Planted+. Excited to get it.
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I think you'll be happy with it. You didn't mention if you were injecting CO2 or not. It will be too much light if you are going low tech.
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Going to dose Excel.
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That still might be too much light. I dose excel on my 36 gallon with a 30" Planted plus. I was getting algae issues. I had to set the feet on topof the rim of my tank for the extra 1/2" of height and also put electrical tape on a few of the leds to reduce the amount of lighting. This seemed to have reduce most of the algae I was getting. I still get occasional GSA, but it's not as bad as it used to be. Now I'm fighting a deficiency lol. One battle after another.
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Hmmm. How long of a photo period are you running?
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3 hours on, 4 hours off, 3 hours on, for the 36 gal. For the 5 gallon, i let it go for an extra hour. So 6 and 7 hrs respectively
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