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    I currently have a 48" Beamswork LED 6500k light on my 4ft 100gal tank (as some may know). I currently have Vals, Crypts and Amazon Swords in it and all seem to be doing well, but very slow growing. My tank is 26" deep (23" to top of gravel) so it will always limit the plants I have in there, but will a 2nd light help the plants or would I be asking for algae trouble?

    Right now algae it at a bare minimum. I have to clean just a few minor areas maybe once per month.

    If a 2nd light will help, should a get an identical light like I have now or get a full spectrum light for the 2nd one?
    * 100gal show
    - planted w/ Crypts, Vals and Amazon Swords
    - Neons, Marble Angelfish, Sunset Honey Gouramis, BN Pleco, Spotted Sailfin
    Pleco, Odessa Barbs, Corydoras schwartzi, Corydoras panda, GB Rams
    * Fluval Spec V
    - 3 fancy guppies, 1 Serpae Tetra, 1 Black Phantom Tetra
    - planted w/ Vals and Crypts
    * Fluval Spec V
    - 3 fancy guppies, 2 Serpae Tetras
    - planted w/ Water Onions and Crypts

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    will the new light reach to lower depths?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rocksor View Post
    will the new light reach to lower depths?
    The light I have now is .5w LEDs and the light reaches the bottom fairly well, but I don't have a PAR meter to test the intensity of them and Beamswork doesn't provide that tech spec, nor can I find any on the net. They do offer a unit with 1w LEDs and I believe that one is 10000k vs the 6500k that I have now, but I don't know if they offer 1w in the full spectrum model. I was just curious to know if adding another light similar or exact to the one I have now will benefit plants more than cause a headache in the tank.

    Lighting is new to me and I'm trying to learn but there is so much out there that I could spend days reading up on them. I'm limiting myself to the Beamswork as they're super cheap and have already proven to be reliable with the one I have now.

    Here's one of the fixture description I was looking at......

    The LED 1W 6500K is refreshed for 2016 by Beamswork. Fixture is fitted with1 watt LEDs that output higher lumens while using less LEDs. The 6500K model is recommended for all freshwater setups with live plants. This model is pre-wired to be used with Beamswork timer module. Users can program the ON and OFF times for modes 1 and 2. Extendable brackets can accomodate and adjust to fit most aquariums. Suitable for freshwater and planted aquariums. Fixture can be used with power source 110V to 220V.
    Last edited by Law Dog; 07-15-2017 at 04:08 PM.
    * 100gal show
    - planted w/ Crypts, Vals and Amazon Swords
    - Neons, Marble Angelfish, Sunset Honey Gouramis, BN Pleco, Spotted Sailfin
    Pleco, Odessa Barbs, Corydoras schwartzi, Corydoras panda, GB Rams
    * Fluval Spec V
    - 3 fancy guppies, 1 Serpae Tetra, 1 Black Phantom Tetra
    - planted w/ Vals and Crypts
    * Fluval Spec V
    - 3 fancy guppies, 2 Serpae Tetras
    - planted w/ Water Onions and Crypts

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    Hi Law Dog! Me again. I was looking for more info about your 100g tank and lighting. I found these charts for PAR off theplantedtank forum.

    Hope it helps with your decision :)

    Low light = 10-30 PAR
    Med light = 31-50 PAR
    High light = 51-80 PAR
    This is how it's usually considered*

    The Finnex Ray II is what I have on one of my 33gs (18" tall) and it IS a lot of light.
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    So I'm getting around 6-7 PAR at my substrate with the light I have now, sheesh! So the DA Fspec should be so where around 40-42 PAR at my substrate. That would be a huge improvement from what I have now.

    Thanks for the info!
    Last edited by Law Dog; 08-05-2017 at 01:24 AM.
    * 100gal show
    - planted w/ Crypts, Vals and Amazon Swords
    - Neons, Marble Angelfish, Sunset Honey Gouramis, BN Pleco, Spotted Sailfin
    Pleco, Odessa Barbs, Corydoras schwartzi, Corydoras panda, GB Rams
    * Fluval Spec V
    - 3 fancy guppies, 1 Serpae Tetra, 1 Black Phantom Tetra
    - planted w/ Vals and Crypts
    * Fluval Spec V
    - 3 fancy guppies, 2 Serpae Tetras
    - planted w/ Water Onions and Crypts

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    Exactly! Right on :) It came a surprise to me how high some of the fixtures were rated at for PAR. The Finnex Ray II really surprises me, but made sense that I had to add a light filter to my med/low light tank.

    No prob ;) I just thought of the charts, only found them a few months ago, but they saved in my downloads.
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