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    Hey guys, so it's been like 2 months since I've gotten my 55gallon aquarium. I'm attempting to make it lush with plant life (key word: attempting.) I'm not using super high light requiring plants, mostly the cheaper hardy ones. However, I was looking through my manual and realized that my lights are only 17 watts! http://www.petco.com/product/122549/...rip-Light.aspx(it's the largest size.) I can't believe I would have bought these. The guy informed me (this guy actually seemed pretty knowledgeable and helped me out a bunch) that this would grow most plants, just not the really fancy and tolling ones. Is this true? Most people say I need like 2.0 wpg, meaning I'm roughly 10 times less than what I need. If so, can anyone offer a cheap alternative that won't upset my parents when I introduce this problem to them?

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    I am not familiar with led lighting....but I do know that the WPG usually refers to T8's or T12's florescent lighting. Wait for someone with knowledge of this type of lighting to come on and help you... you may be just fine!!

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    WPG is only a very general guideline...what matters is the colour and PAR...

    having said that, I also have none idea what PAR your LEDs are...but having read the description, it certainly seems like this fixture should be ample to grow low or even medium demand plants.

    Are you experiencing problems? Is the WPG rule the only reason you are concerned about the fixture? If WPG is your only worry, I'd ignore it unless someone with specific knowledge chimes in to say otherwise. WPG has never been a definitive rule, merely a guideline to start from. If you are not experiencing problems with growth or algae, I'd let it run.
    If it ain't broke, don't fix it...

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    Oh thank God, that's a relief to hear. I haven't been experiencing problems. Just saw that and got worried.

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    Do us a few pics and we can quickly tell if lack of light is the issue.

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    Sorry for shoddy quality. GoPro Fisheye lens is all I got.

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    Difficult to say from these. Light doesn't seem to be an issue but your nitrates seems a bit low. What's the test reading?

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    Just took two pictures.

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    right... ok...

    Suggestion for me if you're serious about plants. Start saving for a good liquid No3 and PO4 test kit. You can't target your ferts with sticks.

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    Your nitrates should be between 3 - 5 ppm from my reading. If you will be having fish, the phosphates will be fine. However, an iron kit is a good idea since the level needed is important and too high can be toxic. Also, are you using a board based fert or adding the specific ones needed?

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