Hi all, I'd really appreciate any input that could be had on the Finnex 24/7 planted+ working on a 90 gallon (48x18x24) tank that is currently planted using dry start method. I have a couple amazon swords, a few crypts, a couple different anubias varieties, Java fern, Java fern windelov (which I've never kept if anyone has any interesting info about that please and thank you), Java moss and lastly, dwarf hair grass. Everything seems to be taking off well, humidity in the tank is up and even the Java moss is looking like it will take off (I don't typically DS java moss but wanted to try).
So... this is the first LED fixture that I've actually had the pleasure of using on my own planted tank. Up until now it's been CFLs, T5s and natural sunlight, all of which I have seem to have had success with thus far lol
I learned a couple things about this feature after I had purchased it online, a couple of them being 1. that the 24/7 mode is likely useless for what I am looking to do because I wont be getting nearly enough light to my plants lol 2. The planted+ has a narrow focus of light and not as much of a spread as I had desired.
At this point in time I am not worried about anything in my set up and things seem to be going along swimmingly. However, my main concerns, and the reason for posting right now, are that once I come to flood the tank is the planted+ going to be able to provide the power it needs? I have it sitting 4.5" back from the face of the tank pointing right over the second row of DHG... will my swords toward the back of the tank suffer because of the narrow spread from this light? Will it be able to provide enough penetration through the water that once the DHG is rooted it will continue to survive? I know it likely won't stimulate a lot of new growth in the DHG where it spreads like wildfire but that is why I am filling in with the DSM now lol
There is someone selling a Current USA fixture ( https://www.bigalspets.com/ca/curren...html?sku=73687
) online near me for a negotiable price... without adding too much light to this tank as I am not running a co2 setup (still debating using flourish excel... may just experiment as I go, any input is appreciated) and wasting money unnecessarily, can anyone say confidently with experience that I will be providing ample lighting to my plants once I flood this aquarium with just the single planted+?
Maybe adding the current USA fixture is overkill but someone thinks I'd benefit from something else? Would love anyou feedback/ input.