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I want carpet plants as well as everything in between. What's the best light for the biggest range of plant growth?
 

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But really the Finnex Ray II gives you that amount of light for abot $105.00 but you would be much better off buying a 30L tank to go/w it as that size is good for the 30L tank. That tank is 16" tall and after substrate you would have about 13.5" to the bottom.
This would give you enough for carpet plants as long as you get injected CO2 to go/w it.
Look in the low tech section to see how they do carpet plants/with what light.
 

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Actually I've been looking around and I'm going to spring for a BuildMyLED fixture. But I'm about to tear my hair out deciding between a 10000k and the 6300k
 

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What size tank is this exactly and what type of carpet plants are you wanting to grow? You can't really put a blanket statement out there telling him to get a small tank that's kind of jerky in my opinion.

You also don't have to spend a ton of money on lighting if you look around. I grew both hydrocotyle sp Japan and S. repens in a 40 breeder using a single $60 BeamsWork fixture just fine and you could consider those carpeting plants... I recently upgraded to two new 36" fixtures that use .5w LEDs and got them both shipped for just over $100.
 

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I'm definitely going to grow hair grass. Love it. And maybe some dwarf baby tears. I don't know what else yet. I'm not sure the design I want just yet so I'm not sure on which plant species I want
 

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I'm definitely going to grow hair grass. Love it. And maybe some dwarf baby tears. I don't know what else yet. I'm not sure the design I want just yet so I'm not sure on which plant species I want
IF you go w/ the 10000K BML I'd suggest the XB series.. and the manual dimmer is a good option..


The 10000K Planted XB Series delivers 37% more light than our original 10000K Planted.
 

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IF you go w/ the 10000K BML I'd suggest the XB series.. and the manual dimmer is a good option..
Why do you suggest the XB?? Aren't the lights alreay crazy powerful? Most people I've read aren't even running 100% on the standard.
 

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You are right in my case. I did not get the XB and only run mine at about 85% or so. If your light is going to sit directly on the tank XB is a little overkill, IMO. I own 3 of these things and none are at 100%, non XB.
 
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