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Hey everyone. I'm new to planted aquariums, and recently, I got some plants. Here are my tank stats and equitment and plants that I currently have in the tank.
-ph: 8.2
-Ammonia: 0
-Nitrite: 0
-Nitrate: 5-10
-Temperature: 75
Light: Marineland Reef Capable LED Fixture
Substrate: Eco-Complete
Filter: AquaClear 50
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4 Mayaca
5 Banana Plants
5 Red Jungle Val

I was just wondering if there is anything else basic that I absolutely have to have. Thanks!
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probably want a heater unless you plan to only keep white clouds or goldfish.

What size is your tank?


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I already have a heater. Sorry, forgot to mention it. It's a Aqueon 150 watt heater that keeps the tank at a steady 76˚F. Also, the tank is 40 gallons.
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You may want more filtration. It's not uncommon to run two AC70s on a 55 gallon. That depends on your stock of course and how much waste they produce.
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I'm not sure that LED light is enough for a planted tank. I think there are some threads that give the PAR readings for it in the lighting forum, but I haven't searched for them. You might want to do that.

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Are you sure? The LED lighting (I was told) is the best out there because it can support a reef aquarium, which need a lot more light than a high-light freshwater planted tank.
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Your pH seems awfully high. What is your water hardness like?
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How many lumens is your LED rated for? When I researched them recently, they were all pretty low. The LEDs have not caught up to meet the planted tanks' needs yet (vs. SW tanks --different needs). I look forward to the time when we can all switch the LEDs.
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It has 1670 lumens. Is that good?
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A quick PAR reading with the newer Apogee PAR meter yielded values that were consistently above 80 umol at a distance of 18 inches through saltwater, directly underneath the light.
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http://www.3reef.com/forums/led-aqua...ar-122672.html

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Are you sure? The LED lighting (I was told) is the best out there because it can support a reef aquarium, which need a lot more light than a high-light freshwater planted tank.
The lighting needs of reefs and FW plants is different--you get different bulbs for reefs and for FW aquariums, for example. It's not just the amount of light but (I think) where it fall in the light spectrum. While I know that you need different types of CFLs for the different situations, I'm only guessing that that is true for LEDs as well. I'm not sure. If you send Marineland an e-mail, they will certainly give you their opinion. Or check their website. I use the double brights and am happy with them on 10g tanks. Don't know how well they would work for a deeper 40g tank, however.

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see if you can get about 2 PAR38s with color temp of around 7000K (whatever they offer that's not for reef) Also choose highest degree optics or no optics (you don't want a spotlight effect). Its a strong light, very intense and will get through that 40 gal even if its a tall tank. try them out, if you can get them around 7000K then they should work for you.




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I have the same fixture over my 10g, and a double bright over my 35. both are planted and both are doing amazingly well. I only have low light plants, but it is going great.
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It has 1670 lumens. Is that good?
That's why LEDs aren't used much for FW planted tanks (yet). You need the lumens to be up near 7000 (as already noted). CFLs suffer the same fate, but they're alot cheaper and people can put a whole lot more of them to compensate for their low lumens.
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