Perfect tank height for aquascaping

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    Hi All, so im in the process of budgeting for another big tank, I will be looking at a 2000 length by 600 Wide.

    My question is..

    What would be the perfect hight for an aquascape tank.

    my current tank I think i a bit too deep at 600 height, i thinking the less the depth the less the light required.. or am I wrong.

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    Hi,

    I have found 30 to 40 cm deep is quite nice - easy to reach the bottom of the tank and the light penetrates that depth sufficiently enough.
     
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    but if you work on about 7 to 10 cms of substrate, that does leave you with much at 30cms.

    how does one figure out if light penetration is adequate enough?
     
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    Hey Ammar, I would say the perfect hight is 450 to maybe 500 high. my 4 foot is 45 deep and scapes very easy....
     
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    thanks, and what lights are you using on there?
     
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    I actually just read the exact same thing on a blog post. i must admit my tank was doing great with 4 round LED 24W lights, I went and added 2 lights and got hit by slight hair Algie which i need to get under control before my whole tank becomes a dump.
     
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    Yes I spoke with a well known UK aquarist long time ago and even he said it is not always the amount of light that is the only factor but the balance of the tank.....
     
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    and how long do you run lights for?
     
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    My co2 starts at 11h45 and the light go on at 14h00 the aquaglo tube then at 15h30 the 6500k LED tube goes on and off again at 20h30 the Aquaglo then goes off at around 22h15
     
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    so all in all about 10 hours. i run mine from 11AM to 9pm.
    i will be decreasing the linght back to 4 LEDs an see how it goes.
    your tank looks great well done
     
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    Yes roughly only 8 hours with both tubes on, thanks appreciate it :)
     
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    @hviviers75 any chance u can sell me some offcuts of this when you trim?

    plants.PNG
     
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    Yes for sure Ammar, send me a pm for arrangements....
     

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