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    Hello! I haven't been here for 10 years, I don't know if anyone is still here from then! Anyways, I haven't had a proper planted tank in many years and I'm starting over with a little 15 gallon Fluval kit. I'm assuming it will be a low tech, low light tank but I wanted to check the stats with you and see what you think. The light is Watts 10.8, Lux 2450, Color temp 7500 K, LEDs 48 + 6 RGB. Also it comes with a remote to change the colors, I can't program it to % like I see on some of these posts but it allows me to change between shades of red, green, and blue, or just white. For plants would I just leave it on the white? I don't understand how the colors would affect the plants. I also have a question on water chemistry but I'll post that in the appropriate section once I figure out how much RO water I'm adding and see my numbers. :) Thanks!
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    If it is the Fluval Flex then yes the white light that comes with it will be adequate to support plant species that can survive in low-light conditions. Try sticking with rhizome plants like buce and anubias as those do well under subdued lighting, as well as cryptocoryne species.

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    Awesome thank you! Yes it’s the Fluval Flex. It is also capable of having the white light on and also add a coloured light on top of it. Would either red, green, or blue light matter to the plants if it is additional to the white? Or is that just personal preference?
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    Plants don't use green, its why they look green to us-they reflect it. They do use red and blue and purple (who would have thought, lol) wavelengths.
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    Nat is absolutely correct.

    From my understanding, blue will help overall growth in the leaves and stems, whereas red helps with roots and the flowering/budding of a plant.

    For the most part, though, I don't think you'll notice much of a difference one way or the other in a low-light, low-tech setup. You could alternate between the red and blue, if you wanted, or just pick whichever one provides you with the most pleasing aesthetics. :)

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