View Full Version : 54w T5 HO Low Light?

08-07-2010, 07:15 PM
Would this: http://www.marineandreef.com/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=RHG13902A

be considered low light on a 55 gallon. I don't want to add C02.

Seen it at petsmart for 80 bucks.

08-07-2010, 08:30 PM
Keep in mind, that fixture will not come with a bulb. It will give you low light. It should work for low lights plants if you get a high wattage bulb

I am assuming you have plants in this tank based on you CO2 comments. You might want to get a double bulb fixture.

08-07-2010, 09:37 PM
HOT5s are very efficient but I would still only rate that as a low light fixture. You could grow all of the classic low light plants; crypts, anubias, moss, ferns. I would also say swords, vals and a few select stems like Rotala rotundifolia and various Hygro species would also do alright in it.

08-07-2010, 10:14 PM
hmmm. Since there is not plans on CO2 I'm probably going to pick it up when I go into Petsmart. Though that is becoming rare.

I think it will look better than a 10 dollar 2 bulb t12 fixture.

08-07-2010, 11:33 PM
I'm sorry, I just noticed it said it DID come with a blub, I miss read it.

I've only tried a 18,000K blub(s) once but it didn't work for my tank. I got a ton of algae. 18,000 K can promot algae growth as it has more of a blue tone to it which algae just loves.

Just keep a close eye on your tank for algae.