Getting your lights right can be tricky. Too much or too little can cause complications. To get started you can find information about planted tank lighting here.
Planted Tank Source
Photoperiod effect on algae growth?
Iím trying to optimize my photoperiod for plant growth and also to discourage algae growth. What do you use, and what have been your experiences with algae growth in a shorter/longer photoperiod?
Author: email@example.com (fishfinder)Newbie T5 High-output lighting question
Just getting started and am trying to determine which type of lighting will be best. I know LED is kind of the new big thing, but notice that serious hobbyists still tend to lend towards the T5HO systems. Why is this, and what are the benefits over LED?
Author: firstname.lastname@example.org (firsttimer)Light spectrums for plant growth?
So Iím new to all this and not a physicist by any means, but am trying to understand what wavelengths of light are important for plant growth. It seems that red and blue light is the most important on the light spectrum for plant growth, but does anyone have any suggestions as to what ratio is optimal, and what type of lighting would best accomplish this?
Author: email@example.com (joe333)Are my fluorescent lights working?
Iím considering switching from fluorescent to LED lighting. Most of the info Iím seeing is for reef tanks, so Iím having a hard time understanding how all of the various specs (color temperature etc) translate to a planted tank. Also do the same general guidelines on wattage apply, or is LED a different ballgame in that aspect? Any general feedback on LED lighting or suggestions on systems would also be appreciated.
Author: firstname.lastname@example.org (joe333)Lighting Education
This can be confusing and there are always a lot of questions surrounding this topic. Should you run out to buy the biggest and brightest light on the market? Probably not unless you are keen on just throwing money away. Letís try to address a few commonly asked questions concerning lights, just to give us a starting point. Feel free to let me know if we missed something. Add or expand on something weíve covered. Got anecdotal data to back up a statement? Donít be shy, make a solid...