The Best LED Grow Lights For Your Aquarium Plants
Choosing the right LED grow lights for your aquarium plants might seem time consuming and challenging as there are many different options available in the market.
Let’s find out if LEDs are powerful enough to grow plants and find out if they are better than the alternative aquarium grow lighting set ups.
1st generation LED grow lamps were much simpler with less color options to choose from; just red and blue were available, which wouldn’t be sufficient for most aquarium plants.
Newer LED technology incorporates a larger amount of light that will work much better for helping your aquarium plants grow successfully.
What To Consider?
What To Consider?
First, you will need to know the different characteristics of the types of plants you are looking to grow. Look for size, shape and height of the plants you plan to have in your aquarium.
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You will also need to look for the light intensity requirements of each plant and know whether or not they are sensitive to heat. Thankfully, most available LED setups come with menus and data sheets to make it easy to calculate the necessary specifications of light illumination and watts per gallon needed.
Many people argue that LED lights don’t provide enough PAR for aquarium plants to thrive but this simply isn’t the case!
With the latest technology, you’re able to find LED grow lights for your aquarium plants that match and even exceed the PAR output of a metal halide system!
Still not convinced? Here are some more interesting
facts in this handy pros and cons list below.
Cool Temperatures: You will not require a noisy and
bulky fan or cooling system.
Cons of LED Grow Lights
Getting the Right Wavelength: Achieving the correct
wavelengths in the correct amounts might be a challenge but this
can be easily solved with controllers and drivers.
Best LED Grow Lights For Aquarium Plants
In this day and age, you are able to find several suitable LED grow lights in the market. Hobbyists now have some very viable options to choose from.
Here are a few of our favorite lighting set ups that
specialize in plant growth.
Finnex is a well-known brand when it comes to LEDs, it’s no surprise that they’ve made LEDs to cater for the planted tank crowd.
They made a good one too. A really good one!
The Ray2 features two LED light strips with 7000K output each which makes it ideal even for the most demanding aquarium plants. The dual strips also helps to cover a broader surface area for your tank.
Finnex has done a great job with the design of this LED fixture. It’s small, sleek and the mount fits very well on standard sized aquariums.
One thing to note is that, these lights are bright! So bright that you might get an algae issue, so be sure to use CO2 and dose fertilizer to avoid this. So, this might not be suitable for those of you running a low tech tank.
For the price, longevity and quality, this is a great
choice for an aquarist looking for the perfect aquarium grow lights
for “Hi Tech” tank setups.
2. Finnex FugeRay Planted+ Aquarium Light Plus Moonlights
While the Finnex Ray 2 is perfect for a “Hi Tech” tank, the Finnex FugeRay Planted+ is more catered to the low tech tank.
But that’s not to say that this won’t benefit your tank if you’re injecting CO2 and dosing your tank too. It’s just the best option for low tech tank owners.
This ultra modern slim and light aquarium LED set up has enough output to grow low to med light plants.
If you’re upgrading from a fluorescent setup, don’t be surprised by how drastic the change will be. Those who have taken the plunge has vowed to never go back.
The Finnex FugeRay Planted+ truly brings out the color
of your tank and helps your plants flourish.
3. Marineland Aquatic Plant LED Light With Timer
This Marineland LED Light are among the most popular among planted tank owners. There are many different sizes to choose from (ranging from 18 to 60 inches) to suit tanks of different sizes.
This slim Marineland Aquatic Plant LED setup will give you a full spectrum of light (1 watt 6500k white and 3 watt RGB LEDs), which will help your aquatic plants grow.
It also has easy to use controls and an integrated
timers with lunar and daytime settings. This setup does such a good
job that you might even need to trim your plants back from time to
Final Say on Using LEDs As Grow Lights
As you can see, LED lights should be considered as one of the best LED grow lights for your aquarium plants. They might have a few downsides like cost and heat production but the benefits far outweigh the downsides.
They are easy to maintain, provide great controllable
light to stimulate plant growth, are cost effective, energy efficient
and will outlast any bulb system.
So perhaps after reading all about LED grow lights, you have changed your mind about LED lighting.
Do you have experiences with LEDs for growing aquarium
plants? We’d love to hear all about it in the comments section below.
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About Dennis Hanson
Dennis is an experienced aquarist with many years of knowledge and experience in keeping successful tanks. He also has no relations to the pop group Hanson.
One comment on “What’s The Best LED Grow Lights For Your Aquarium Plants?”
Reply Roger Feb 7,2015 4:20 pm
Would the innex FugeRay Planted+ Aquarium Light Plus Moonlights work well for a planted 29 gallon tank where the light would be about 22 inches from the substrate or should I add more substrate?
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