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Hello :) New Guy. Some questions!

Just wanted to introduce my self real quick, seeing as though I might be spending a lot of time here in the near future.


I am the owner of 4 tanks. 10 gallon, 30 gallon, 55 gallon and a new addition a 2 1/2 nano reef.

The only planted tank I have as of now is my 55. (Way to start small right?)

My real concern right now is I guess, is my lighting enough?

I went out and bought a Deep Blue Solarmax 248. (2 Bulbs, 48 inches in length). The fixture came with a 10000k lamp and a blue actinic. I replaced the blue with a 6700k lamp and am now just waiting to see what the plants do. Wondering if it is going to be enough for the plants to grow.


Edit: It is a t5 fixture and It uses the 28 watt bulbs.
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welcome!
starting small is a generally bad idea for aquariums, planted or not, since the parameters shift more easily in small tanks. so a 55 gallon is good!
try this thread to determine if your lighting is strong enough: https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/li...t5-t12-pc.html

it also depends on what plants you're trying to grow. after you figure out what level of light you have, figure out the requirements of your plants (low light, medium light, high light). if you have medium or high light, you might also consider getting a CO2 setup or downgrading your light so your plants can thrive.
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+1 the op pretty much took care of it!

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By the way, I demand photos of the nano reef!!

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I'm not good with lighting questions but I would like to see the nano reef.

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You should be good to grow alot. Most people overlight and algae becomes a issue. Substrate is really important with planted tanks, especially stem plants.

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Look into a uv light,Im running my first planted tank a 55 also and have had crystal clear water from day one...WELCOME
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Thanks for the welcome guys/gals. I am in the process of taking pics now of the nano and the rest of my tanks.(girlfriends 10 gallon) I just did a little bit of research and does the 2 watt per gallon rule a safe bet? Or in that case is a possible to over light the tank to the point where I grow my algae then anything else.
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55 gallon river rock, planted.

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So I took a look at that lighting thread and it seems that I only have enough lighting with 2 t5NO bulbs to provide low light at a depth of 20 inches. I don't think that will work for me and to think I bought this fixture from a local aquarium store that swore up and down it would get the job done. Hmm.
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