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    Planted light suggestions

    I have a 20g tank almost over 2-years and the standard 2 strip led bulbs
    Right now I have low tech plants but I want to transition to med to high tech for a more wide range of plants any suggestions of which led lights to get



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    Quote Originally Posted by DavoAkop View Post
    med to high tech for a more wide range of plants
    First off how are your low tech plants doing? What is a standard 2 strip led? Is your tank a 20G standard or 20G long?

    If you are planning to increase lighting, you'll likely need to supplement co2 and dose full range ferts. I would start by doing research on your own and then ask "Hey kinda stuck between this and that... what do you guys prefer and why." it's a much better approach than having random people suggest random lights and you have no idea why they are even suggesting them or what to do once you actually get the light. If caring for more demanding plants is what you intend to do, then be prepared to research, otherwise you'll likely be throwing money away.

    That being said, 90% of the replies you'll receive will either be chihiros or beamswork.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zenzu View Post
    First off how are your low tech plants doing? What is a standard 2 strip led? Is your tank a 20G standard or 20G long?

    If you are planning to increase lighting, you'll likely need to supplement co2 and dose full range ferts. I would start by doing research on your own and then ask "Hey kinda stuck between this and that... what do you guys prefer and why." it's a much better approach than having random people suggest random lights and you have no idea why they are even suggesting them or what to do once you actually get the light. If caring for more demanding plants is what you intend to do, then be prepared to research, otherwise you'll likely be throwing money away.

    That being said, 90% of the replies you'll receive will either be chihiros or beamswork.
    Okay are chihiros reliable and if so is this one good I found on Amazon



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    Nothing is reliable, practically everything in this hobby is made in china. If you get on Amazon, you'll see mixed reviews on every pretty much every popular LED light. Not sure why you quoted the text if you didn't even read it.

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    So my tank is 20g standard I am in between chihiros and Fluval 3.0 my substrate is Fluval stratum plants are growing at a slow rate i want to put rotala and some dwarf hair grass or dwarf baby tears


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    Make a decision on the plants you want to keep. Then choose a light based on your plants requirements vs the lights capabilities. dhg can be kept low tech baby tears needs minimum medium light and rounded ferts.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zenzu View Post
    Make a decision on the plants you want to keep. Then choose a light based on your plants requirements vs the lights capabilities. dhg can be kept low tech baby tears needs minimum medium light and rounded ferts.
    Okay might go with chihiros or otherwise I might see Fluval lights have better growth rates


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    Quote Originally Posted by DavoAkop View Post
    Fluval lights have better growth rates
    What led you to this conclusion? We are talking about a light that costs the same as 4-5 chihiros leds. But unit vs unit par is probably very similar. Fluvals CRI is much higher than chihiros, but is it really worth the cost? If you have the money go for it, grab the fluval, some dry ferts and a co2 rig.
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    Can't really fault either fixture, both will do the job. Both are nice fixtures. There are differences in features and cost. Both are in the same "intensity range"
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    btw your 20G standard is 24" and you linked an 18" fixture. You'll want to get the 60cm version. Be aware the chihiros fixtures I was recommending was the lower end model A series, I feel it has more appealing features one of which is dimming right out of the box with no additional items to purchase. The RGB is also nice if that's what you want.
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    Can’t beat Carlo’s advice... figure out what you want to grow and plan accordingly... I recently replaced my fluval with a Mr. Aqua and am happy, but I’m not growing anything complex or needing high par... fluval are nice, but to me unattractive - good par, but only ok spread and can get hot... they’ll look fine on a standard tank, but for a rimless, not so much...excited to try the chihiros, heard only good things here about them from folks I trust... if you’re like me and only growing things like fern, sag, etc, save your money... at your tank height too, a too powerful light might cause imbalance... for me, medium lighting is fine and you could put more towards a co2 system which will give you impressive flexibility... if you’re ever in the Cerritos area and want to check out the fluval lights, no problem...we can plug em in before you shell out $$$

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    I use an A series for my 10 gal, it really doing great for most my plants and the price is more affordable.

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    Thank you everyone for the advice


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