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Upgrading my 29 planted, which lighting?

I have a 29 gallon set up so far with anubias which are growing well. Wanting to upgrade it's lighting to the medium range (it currently has 20w of standard flourescent) and start dosing ferts.

First, here is the list of plants I want to add, no more no less: Wisteria, tiger lotus, dwarf sags & more anubias coffeefolia.

I have my eye on a few Catalina fixtures, one Lighthouse 1x65w and the other is a Solar CF hood with 2x65w (probably too much without Co2). Would the Lighthouse one do or do I need more light to keep them and have them grow?

For ferts, I'm wanting to dose Flourish, Flourish Excel, Flourish Iron and Flourish Potassium. That's it.
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A single 65 watt PC bulb with a good reflector will give you medium to high light on a 29 gallon tank. The Catalina light does seem to have a good reflector, too. None of the plants you listed need any more light than that. But, all plants need more nutrients than you plan to dose. They need nitrates, phosphates, potassium and trace elements. (Read the first sticky in the fertilizing forum) Excel may be good enough with the single 65 watt PC bulb, but CO2 is always better. Any more light and CO2 is essential to avoid lots of algae problems.

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Thanks Hoppy. I ordered the single 65w fixture and in the comments section told them it's for a planted tank and I wanted the bulb 6500K.

I also educated myself a bit on fert dosing. I think I know what I'm going to do. I definately need to dose ferts because my substrate is regular gravel. Regular inert pea gravel, in black.

I will probably try Excel with no Co2 for now and see how that works. I'd love to do CO2 for this set up and another one in the future.
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