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I just got a great deal for a used Fluval evo 13.5 g tank and am looking for suggestions on changing out the light for a planted shrimp tank. I'm planning on doing a full CO2 setup with most likely high light plants as well. New to the high tech side, I've done a few low tech plant setups.

I'm also open if anyone has experience with these tanks for other mods to be optimal for shrimp.

Thanks in advance!
 

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I just got a great deal for a used Fluval evo 13.5 g tank and am looking for suggestions on changing out the light for a planted shrimp tank. I'm planning on doing a full CO2 setup with most likely high light plants as well. New to the high tech side, I've done a few low tech plant setups.

I'm also open if anyone has experience with these tanks for other mods to be optimal for shrimp.

Thanks in advance!

Stock light was err " fine" though you may want something more colorful.
Only 11" deep. 18.4" for tank part.
 

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Whats your budget?
I'm hoping 100 or less.


Stock light was err " fine" though you may want something more colorful.
Only 11" deep. 18.4" for tank part.
The stock light came broken, so that is no longer an option unfortunately, a replacement was around $75 on the Fluval site so I figured I'd look into a light that was more suitable for a planted tank
 

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Stock light was err " fine" though you may want something more colorful.
Only 11" deep. 18.4" for tank part.
Amazon.com: hygger 14W 24/7 Lighting Aquarium LED Light, Sunrise-Daylight-Moonlight Mode and DIY Mode, Adjustable Timer Adjustable Brightness Fish Tank Light with Extendable Bracket 7 Colors for Planted Tank: Home Improvement

There are probably a half dozen lights that should work within the $20_$40 range
I' m not sure what would fit but try to find dimmable in the 14w range
 

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The most important thing to getting good colors out of plants, especially good reds, is going with the right color spectrum. The key to good colors is a lot of red and blue--that provides more color saturation. 99% of LEDs have a terrible color spectrum because they do not have enough red light and are almost all blue light. A good affordable option within your budget is the Finnex Planted+ 24/7. For comparison here is the Hygger light's color spectrum:
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Notice the very low red and the high amount of blue.

Here is the Finnex Planted+ 24/7's color spectrum:
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You can see the much higher amount of red.
 

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Hygger is a perfectly useable spectrum.
For more red color saturation and a bit more targeting of photosynthesis 660 nm is arguably preferred.

Stingray II as an example. 2x the cost if the Hyggar.
Sizing is an issue.

I'd be cautious about using Seneye as a spectrophotometer
 

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Hygger is a perfectly useable spectrum.
For more red color saturation and a bit more targeting of photosynthesis 660 nm is arguably preferred.

Stingray II as an example. 2x the cost if the Hyggar.
Sizing is an issue.
I don’t mean to say it won’t grow plants well. Aesthetically the plants and fish just won't look as good and the hygger just won’t bring out specifically the reds nearly as well.

I don’t mean to say it won’t grow plants well. It just won’t bring out the deep reds nearly as well.
Here is an old comparison of my tank under a light spectrum like the hygger vs my new Chihiros which has a lot of red.
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And the difference in how red a fish looks under the two lights:
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Zero editing, just more red in the light.
 

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I just got a great deal for a used Fluval evo 13.5 g tank and am looking for suggestions on changing out the light for a planted shrimp tank. I'm planning on doing a full CO2 setup with most likely high light plants as well. New to the high tech side, I've done a few low tech plant setups.

I'm also open if anyone has experience with these tanks for other mods to be optimal for shrimp.

Thanks in advance!
I have the Evo 13.5 as my reef tank (pic below). The perfect light for this tank is the AI Prime with the 'L' bracket mount. I am running the Reef version of the light with a 3D printed shroud and a DIY foam board canopy.

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