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new 15g lighting questions

Hey so I just got out of saltwater and I'm hoping to get back into planted tanks soon. My tank is 12" deep and 24" wide. I have a 24" quad bulb HO T5 fixture. It puts out 96w, this is probably a ridiculous amount of light but I'm not 100% sure as far as planted tanks go. I'm looking for easy to medium care plants. I want something decent, maybe something programmable for like a sunrise sunset feature, and moonlights. Are there any good led fixtures capable of all this while still remaining affordable? If not something more normal will suffice. Any ideas? Sorry for the wall of text.
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Possibly look at the current satellite freshwater+ led. I just got mine today and it is super cool, a little pricey but it's fully adjustable. If you don't want to spend that much a finnex fugeray or fugeray planted+ would work.


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Man that current USA one is pretty much exactly what I was thinking of its perfect. Thanks
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You're welcome, that should out you around low light. Someone correct me if I am wrong


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If I get the one I want it would put me at 1.4 watts per gallon more or less. Should that be about right for a 12" deep tank with probably 2 inches of substrate?
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That WPG rule is pretty useless because LEDs use less watts than a light like a t8 bulb to produce the same amount of light. What you would be looking at is the par ratings. Check out this link for a little more help: http://current-usa.com/is-the-satell...bright-enough/

But this light should put you at low light I'm sure. I am going to be using it on a truaqua 8.7 gallon aquarium. It is only 10 inches tall, and about 8 inches to the substrate so it'll probably put me near medium if not high light.


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With the amount of substrate that I want the PAR will be around 40 at the substrate.
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