Lighting for my office 10 G
So, the new guy is moved into the office tank. He seems to be having a wonderful time exploring the different surfaces and textures, and tastes. He ate a duckweed!
Tank is a 10G, with a fine gravel/coarse sand substrate, a couple good hunks of bogwood. I am using a HOB filter, baffled for now, but I would like to remove the baffle once the new guy builds some muscle. Tank lid is the stock one, half black plastic, half clear, with cutouts for the heat/filter. Livestock is 2 Otos and now Casper, the new betta. (New to this tank, I have been keeping him for a couple of weeks in a small container, only 1/2 G, due to an unexpected cycle issue). I dose the tank about once a week with Flourish.
I have a couple of hygrophilia (sp?), a giant sword, some dwarf sag ( I think), Anubias, a moss ball, and some java fern or moss. I'd like to add more stems eventually, and would love ideas for interesting easy-care plants. The sword and the sag get a root tab when they look a little sad, approx every 2 months.
My 15W flourescent heats up the tank too much, so I was wondering about LED's. I hear they are cooler, but I am confused about whether or not they'll get the plants the light they need. I'm having real trouble understanding what light the plants need and how to give it to them.
Should I try suspending the flourescent that I have from the shelf above it, and/or replace the lid with glass to see if that reduces heat enough while still giving the plants the light they need? Or are LED's the way to go, and if so would anyone be able to explain what I am looking for? ;) Thanks!