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Lighting for 5.5 gal?

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I have the TopFin 5.5 gal tank. It's completely planted with Anubias, Java Fern, Crested Java Fern, Marimo Moss glued to rocks, and now a handful of Frogbit on top.

The tank came with stock lights which are 3 LED nodes, bright but not enough to do anything other than light up the tank. The Java Fern are turning white which I read means not enough light, I had 2 Anubias rhizomes rot (took those out), and have 3 left now. Some the Crested Java Fern are turning yellow and white as well. I did buy Easy Green Fertilizer and dose half pump once a week.

Now, would a Finnex Stingray 12" or 16" work well for low light plants? It's 7500K. The plants get indirect sunlight all day, not bright at all, there are still shady spots in the tank. But at night I want to turn on the lights for 3 hours max so the plants can bounce back and start growing. My tank has a lid so it needs to fit under the lid if possible.

Any other recommendations are welcome! Thank you!
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For your size tank 5.5 gal. you would need the 16" and with the stingray you might want to add 2 more hours of lighting. If you went with a Planted Plus I would say 4 hours max. These are really great lights. and the plants will do very well under the stingray.
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For your size tank 5.5 gal. you would need the 16" and with the stingray you might want to add 2 more hours of lighting. If you went with a Planted Plus I would say 4 hours max. These are really great lights. and the plants will do very well under the stingray.
Thank you! I'm just worried about algae but if the tank is heavily planted and I don't overdo the lights or the ferts, it shouldn't be a problem, right?
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I used a 12" Stingray on my 5.5 Anubias-only tank. I happened to have it on hand and was going to get another 16" as on my other 5.5 tanks but had to wait for pay day. Wound up not getting another 16" as the 12" did quite well. But, as I said, low-light plants.

With the 16" I did not have any problems with algae. Get a timer and set it for eight hours.

Wish you lived in or near TN as I am giving away a bunch of equipment...including 16" Stingrays.
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With the stingray you should have no problem. as Russell has said a timer and an 8 hour cycle would be the ticket. If algae does appear and starts being a problem you could always put in some mystery or Nerite snails to take care of the algae and control it. I've found green Algae in my tanks and the snails really do the job in controlling it. The tanks are healthy and the plants thrive.
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I used a 12" Stingray on my 5.5 Anubias-only tank. I happened to have it on hand and was going to get another 16" as on my other 5.5 tanks but had to wait for pay day. Wound up not getting another 16" as the 12" did quite well. But, as I said, low-light plants.

With the 16" I did not have any problems with algae. Get a timer and set it for eight hours.

Wish you lived in or near TN as I am giving away a bunch of equipment...including 16" Stingrays.
Thank you! Darn, I wish I lived near you! Another quick question: how do I rig it so it goes under the lid of the tank? I'm not sure it will fit under and I don't want Red jumping out of the water if I don't have a lid on it. I guess I could switch to a glass top maybe and just clip on so it shines over the glass top?

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With the stingray you should have no problem. as Russell has said a timer and an 8 hour cycle would be the ticket. If algae does appear and starts being a problem you could always put in some mystery or Nerite snails to take care of the algae and control it. I've found green Algae in my tanks and the snails really do the job in controlling it. The tanks are healthy and the plants thrive.
Thank you! Will do!
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I used a 12" Stingray on my 5.5 Anubias-only tank. I happened to have it on hand and was going to get another 16" as on my other 5.5 tanks but had to wait for pay day. Wound up not getting another 16" as the 12" did quite well. But, as I said, low-light plants.

With the 16" I did not have any problems with algae. Get a timer and set it for eight hours.

Wish you lived in or near TN as I am giving away a bunch of equipment...including 16" Stingrays.
Another question: I have a plastic lid that came with the tank kit. The Finnex seems to mount on the sides without a lid since it's raised a bit. Should I switch to a glass top and just let it shine through the glass instead? Does condensation affect the light if I velcro it to the inside of the current lid? I don't want to risk Red jumping out, he's never done it but I know they're jumpers.
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Another question: I have a plastic lid that came with the tank kit. The Finnex seems to mount on the sides without a lid since it's raised a bit. Should I switch to a glass top and just let it shine through the glass instead? Does condensation affect the light if I velcro it to the inside of the current lid? I don't want to risk Red jumping out, he's never done it but I know they're jumpers.
You'll want to go with a glass canopy. I'll have to double check if the Marineland or the Versa fits the Top Fin 5.5.
You don't want to mount those lights where they will be subject to humidity, while they are sealed from below with a glass strip, I will tell you that moisture will get into the light and moisture damage is not covered under the warranty.
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You'll want to go with a glass canopy. I'll have to double check if the Marineland or the Versa fits the Top Fin 5.5.
You don't want to mount those lights where they will be subject to humidity, while they are sealed from below with a glass strip, I will tell you that moisture will get into the light and moisture damage is not covered under the warranty.
Thank you! I found a Marineland one that will fit. I'll order one right now 🙂
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