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Hello,
I have a 37 gal (30" x 12" x 22"h) that I will be setting up as a planted tank, low tech, low light.

I have the Current USA Freshwater Satellite + (24"-36").

Given the depth of this tank would I need to get another another LED light to boost it up or will I have do OK if I choose low light plants....? It seems due to the tank depth I may have not enough light reaching the substrate...

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It looks kinda wimpy, but I was just checking this page and it was saying that the measured PAR is 21 at 24" which is on the low end of low light. If you have a deeper substrate though you could probably get the PAR closer to the mid-upper range of low light. They don't say how they measured the PAR for these lights (with water/without) so you have to take their word on it.

I would say give it a whirl, if the plants aren't growing you can add another light!
 

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Thanks tharsis! I did intend on building a couple of hills on this tank... Maybe an additional light will be in order. But as you suggested.. I can always add that later.. Maybe as simple as adding some of the self adhesive light strips they sell for retrofits added to the fixture itself!.. I plan on having this light over a glass cover so no worries about it getting wet..


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Well I went ahead and bought the retrofit self adhesive strip to add additional light to the Current LED fixture. Only $68 bucks on Amazon. Seems like a sound investment to me. Even if I don't need it. Thanks!


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