At Aquarium Co-Op, we are strong believers of using live aquatic plants to create a balanced ecosystem in your fish tank. While your aquarium hood light may be suitable for viewing fish, we recommend getting LED lighting for aquarium plants for healthier growth in the long term. Over the years, we have tested many types of fish tank lights, and we curated a collection of only the best LED aquarium lighting for planted tanks in terms of quality, reliability, and cost effectiveness. Yes, planted aquarium lighting tends to be pricier than your typical fish tank light, but they are finely tuned to the exact light spectrum and brightness that plants require for photosynthesis. To decrease algae growth, use an aquarium light timer to ensure your plants consistently get the right amount of lighting each day. Read on our article on how to pick the best planted aquarium light for your setup.