I know at least of few of you are into planted tanks. Hopefully I can get second+ opinions on the lighting for a tank I'm rebuilding for my fiance. Her 20gallon long is a bit overgrown and over populated. Luckily, I have some supplies stored here to do a relatively easy upgrade for her. The goal is for a medium tech tank with small weekly water changes and ferts 2x a week.
My problem is the lighting. I have a few options.
1) keep the 1x55 watt AHS 10k Power Compact
2) add a second 55 watt AHS 10k Power Compact
3) switch to a duble t5 HO strip.
I think 1) would be enough light for the plants (see below) and that 2) and 3) would need a more aggressive maintenance regime than what she's up for. What do you guys and gals think?
Here are the specs:
29 gallon glass tank
Fluval 205, BIOwheel 150, Biocube mini circulating pump
Substrate is 1/2 caribsea flora max, 1/2 pool filter sand
Root tabs, PMDD drops, excel (for algae control), paintball pressurized co2 (2 bpm)
Bolbitus, Amazon Sword, Dwarf Sagittaria, Rotala Indica, Red Tiger Lotus, Anubia nana, java moss, and a ... banana plant (she loves them)
Cardinal tetras, Cory cats, one angel fish, one amazon puffer (very docile little guy, we've had him for years), siamese algae eater(s), and a rubber lip pleco.