Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Northern Virginia
The way this was stated made it seem like the plant was woody and actually IN the tank, fully submerged. I don't think anyone made any unfair assumptions--just letting you know that the plant will rot if it is left submerged because it doesn't have the ability to regrow modified leaves that can breathe while under water.
As for how powerful your LEDs are, it can be difficult to determine. The more expensive (often custom made) LEDs definitely trump all other forms of aquarium lighting, even T5HO and metal halide because they generate bright, and extremely white light without generating much heat at all, and without using much energy.
However, most of the LEDs we see going out as stock lighting and the cheap strips usually aren't very powerful because it's not cost effective for the manufacturer to use them--they are simply banking on the visual appeal of ultra-white light, longevity, and energy efficiency. You're going to have to research the stock lighting to figure out how many watts per gallon it will yield--but based on what I've seen, I would assume that the LEDs are roughly on par with fluorescents--if the kit was relatively cheap, a bit under par. Luckily, it's only a 10G tank so the light doesn't have far to go. With a long photoperiod and some Excel you might be able to do moderate light plants if the LEDs are powerful enough.
I still think you should get a master test kit--you're investing in a long term project, and it's a valuable tool that will help you start right and avoid disaster. You can also diagnose problems with your bacteria colony in the event of a mini-cycle later on. They're really simple to use if you follow the directions, and really--considering how many hundreds of tests you get, and the fact that you will know with certainty whether or not your fish are being poisoned, the price is quite reasonable.
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Last edited by Adastra; 12-07-2010 at 11:40 PM.