This is my first post to the forum, I'm new to setting up a planted tank properly. My first foray into keeping plants was over 5 years ago and I had no clue what I was doing. When someone dumped a beer into my tank I abandoned plants and just stuck to fish only. So now I'm redoing my 29 gal and hopefully, this time, it'll flourish.
With all the lighting options out there I got pretty overwhelmed and so decided to try out the new Marineland Aquatic Plant LED System. I'm still waiting for it to arrive so haven't had a chance to play with it yet. I'm trying to learn all there is to know about lighting but honestly it's confusing to me. :icon_eek: I need some help!
35 watts (and from what I gather total wattage is less important for LED?)
1 watt 6500 K LEDs
3 watt RGB LEDs - provides 660nm red light, 460nm blue light
PAR/LUX @12" 172/10530
PAR/LUX @24" 83/4810
My 29 gal tank is 18" so I'm guessing my numbers will fall somewhere in the middle for PAR/LUX?
My question is this - Based on the LED lighting specs, would I be able to grow medium or high light plants? Also what my PAR/LUX numbers might actually be.
A little more info - I do not plan to do CO2, that might change down the road, but it's not in my immediate plans. Layer of Eco Complete topped with gravel.