Lighting advice please

Discussion in 'Aquatic plants' started by Cindy, May 14, 2019.

  1. Cindy

    Cindy

    Joined:
    May 12, 2019
    Messages:
    3
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Pietermaritzburg
    Hi everyone,

    I'm soon to start my first planted tank, but I'm feeling v unconfident about which light to go with. Your guidance would be so appreciated!

    These are the plans of my tank:
    Size: 62.0 x 32.5 x 37.5 cm (approx 75l)

    Hardscape: one v big spider ?root?wood (I'm not sure what the correct term is). It sticks out of the top of the tank, so I don't want to use a canopy.

    Substrate: Seachem Flourite (not the sand)

    Plants: I plan to use Dwarf Hairgrass to form a carpet, and some java Moss on the root.

    Fish: lots of neons

    As I am new to this hobby I don't want to break the bank- I'd prefer to keep the cost of a light around or under R1500. I've found these two at Jungle Aquatics:
    Zetlight Nano Series ZT1700 Freshwater LED Light Unit
    https://www.jungleaquatics.net/onli...eqhMNEmQCcLfM_91DYutijmMWmvYZowxoCUoAQAvD_BwE
    And
    Zetlight Aqua ZA1200 Freshwater LED
    https://www.jungleaquatics.net/onli...eqhMNEmQCcLfM_91DYutijmMWmvYZowxoCUoAQAvD_BwE

    Would either of these be suitable? Are there any others you would recommend?

    Screenshot_20190514-085822_Gallery.jpg
     
  2. Guest




  3. Whoknows

    Whoknows

    Joined:
    Dec 2, 2018
    Messages:
    348
    Likes Received:
    120
    Location:
    JHB South
    If you really want some cheap lights... you can buy LED tubes off takealot

    You can use the left over money for something else then
     
    Cindy likes this.
  4. TheGrissom

    TheGrissom

    Joined:
    Apr 5, 2012
    Messages:
    1,220
    Likes Received:
    361
    Location:
    Port Elizabeth
    I cant really comment on the lights but I can comment on the substrate - if you use flourite stones the carpet wont be as thick as the hairgrass will only come up in the spaces between the stones. You really need a fine substrate for a thick carpet
     
  5. OP
    Cindy

    Cindy

    Joined:
    May 12, 2019
    Messages:
    3
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Pietermaritzburg
    Wow thanks! I didn't realise that, I'll get the sand instead. Or else change to weeping moss. Thank you for the tip!
     
  6. Saibot

    Saibot

    Joined:
    Feb 18, 2019
    Messages:
    328
    Likes Received:
    78
    Location:
    GP
    In my opinion either of those lights would work fine.
    The term you are looking for is 'driftwood'.
    Java moss grows in any conditions. Impossible to kill the stuff or ruin it bar a bad case of algae. Some consider it a weed actually.
    In fact Dwarf Hairgrass is also very popular due to its low demands.
    Honestly speaking you should get a cheaper LED. As long as it is full spectrum it should be good.
     
    Cindy likes this.
  7. Pezulu

    Pezulu

    Joined:
    Dec 10, 2015
    Messages:
    2,850
    Likes Received:
    777
    Location:
    Centurion
    The Zetlight 1200 would be about perfect for that tank.
    The 1700 will be a bit too small and weak.
    I happen to have a 1200 available, at a better price seeing as it is second hand and about 5 months old.

    Seachem Flourite Black is a reasonably course substrate, and although it shouldn't present too many problems, it is not suitable for all types of fish.
    Because it is quite course, it isn't normally suited if you want to keep bottom feeders, like Corydora.
    A better substrate might be something like Prodibio Aquasoil, ADA Amazonia, or Langa.
    Prodibio is quite light though, and can easily be disturbed when doing water changes.

    Dwarf Hairgrass grows easily, but will take quite some time to form a carpet.
    It will also need lots of judicial trimming to get a lawn type effect.

    You could try some Anubias Nana Petite or similar on the spiderwood, in conjuction with the Java Moss.
    JM grows quite slowly, but will need regular trimming to keep it neat, or it can soon get out of hand.
     
  8. OP
    Cindy

    Cindy

    Joined:
    May 12, 2019
    Messages:
    3
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Pietermaritzburg
    Thank you for all of this guidance. It's very helpful!
     

Recent Posts

Loading...
Similar Threads - Lighting advice please Forum Date
Lighting advice needed please General Equipment discussion Oct 8, 2018
Lighting Advice/ Suggestions Please General Equipment discussion Mar 12, 2018
Lighting advice. Planted Tanks Jun 24, 2019
LED lighting advice Members Systems Dec 12, 2018
Advice needed onlighting Beginner Discussions Sep 5, 2018
Advice needed on lighting General Equipment discussion Mar 16, 2018
20l desk tank - back paint, lighting advice General Discussions Jul 13, 2017

Share This Page