TMC Microhabitat 15 - Too Much Light?

Discussion in 'Lighting' started by KrisHumphreys1991, 25 Feb 2016.

  1. KrisHumphreys1991

    KrisHumphreys1991 Member

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    Hi Guys,

    I've had a TMC Microhabitat 15L (http://www.seapets.co.uk/products/a...riums/microhabitat-15-nano-reef-aquarium.htmlpreviously a marine setup) in storage for a while.

    I've dug it out and plan to start it up as a planted invert pico next week.

    Just going to go with moss, plenty of manzanita & maybe a little anubias.
    Dosing liquid carbon & maybe some ferts.

    Substrate will be http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/181665761997, with some river sand.

    So, from the marine setup in the tank previously, I used the TMC Aquaray tile.
    http://aquaristmagazine.com/tmc-mini-led-400-aquarium-light-tile-review/

    I'm just wondering if this will be WAY too much light?

    I know moss & Anubias prefer low light, but will this seriously affect growth?
    Will the liquid carbon deter algae growth from the lighting?

    All help appreciated,

    Kris
     
  2. Greenfinger2

    Greenfinger2 Member

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    Hi Kris, The tile light is 6500k so is ok to grow plants. L Carbon helps with Algae Up to a point As to the Anubias and moss Plant them in a shaded spot this helps with the algae on the slow growing leaves
     
  3. mort

    mort Member

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    Hi, I have the same light on a bigger tank 18x10x10" and its enough to grow even moderate light loving plants with just weekly ferts and liqid carbon. I do have anubius and it does get green spot algae but not particularly a lot of it. However due to the width of my tank I can put it in lower light at the edges. With your cube shape i'm not sure you'd be able to get it enough out of the light. You could add a dimmer or be more adventurous with your planting and get things which will shade it a little.
     

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