Posted: Fri May 25, 2018 10:59 am Post subject: Aquarium Light suggestions for 32 gallon freshwater tank
I would like to know what you think is the best light option for a 32-gallon planted tank. I am currently using the SL1000 from sunsun and it does not reach the bottom. My aquarium dimensions are 36L x 18H x 11.5W. There are some brown algae accumulating on plants which I clean up in two or three days. I am dousing the plants with "Seachem Flourish" and it seems to work but the algae also seem to enjoy it too.
Currently, I am pondering on
Finnex Planted+ 24/7 Fully Automated Aquarium LED, Controller, 36 Inch
This has no warranty in India though and I am buying this from Amazon. Other options include Aqueon, Beamswork, and Fluval.
Posted: Fri May 25, 2018 12:49 pm Post subject: Re: Aquarium Light suggestions for 32 gallon freshwater tank
Welcome darkrecital to IAH!
Please note Seachem Flourish and Flourish Excel are two different products. Flourish is just nutrients while Flourish excel is an organic carbon source. Flourish Excel is the product that harms algae, not Flourish .
Do you have pressurized CO2?
SL1000 looks to be quite underpowered to grow anything but the low light plants. The usual suspects when it comes to low light plants, anubias, valls and moss all are harmed if you dose Flourish Excel, just so you know
Also, what plants do you plant to grow? The finnex is highly potent, if your tank specs aren't balanced and proper you'll be looking to grow loads of algae with this light.
Posted: Fri May 25, 2018 1:55 pm Post subject: Re: Aquarium Light suggestions for 32 gallon freshwater tank
What plants are you growing right now and what is your substrate?
You should invert your dosing regimen. Dose Excel daily or every two days and Flourish weekly.
I would suggest investing in a CO2 system rather than a fancy LED system. Lighting can be had for very cheap these days, I feel very soon LED products that cost 8k-10k today will be replaced by units under 2k in the coming months. I would not suggest you to go for such a costly light on what I think is low tech tank.
Posted: Fri May 25, 2018 2:02 pm Post subject: Re: Aquarium Light suggestions for 32 gallon freshwater tank
I understand that. THen I think I need to see which Co2 system is the best.
Do I need to look for something with a solenoid valve only?
I have these plants Bacopa, cabomba caroliniana, Echinodorus grisebachii, Hygrophila corymbosa, Microsorum Pteropus, Salvinia minima and Amazon sword plant along with 4 otos, 4 panda corys, 2 assassin snails, 2 kuhli loaches and 8 neon tetras.
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Posted: Fri May 25, 2018 4:45 pm Post subject: Re: Aquarium Light suggestions for 32 gallon freshwater tank
CO2 required. do a diy co2 and get good results. the cheapest co2 is sugar & yeast. 2 cups of sugar and 20grams of yeast in 1.5 liter water. use thumsup bottle . attach a pipe to the lid with fevikwik or emseal. put a small controller and put another pipe in tank. at the open end inside of tank insert a small piece of broom stick sliced with blade.
Posted: Fri May 25, 2018 5:20 pm Post subject: Re: Aquarium Light suggestions for 32 gallon freshwater tank
CO2 would be a welcome addition to your tank, however I think you do not have fast growing plants. If you do plan on getting a pressurized system, then you can get more powerful lights, which in turn would mean faster plant growth, but if there's no fast growing plant to make use of the nutrients, algae will thrive. Microswords or dwarf Saggs will be good to fill such a void.
Solenoid makes life much easier, but you can have a system without it as well
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