Hello All, this is my first post on this forum!

I have been out of the hobby for a few years, and have come crashing back in to it. My previous experience was with a very simple low tech Aquaone set-up years ago, but I have always wanted a well planted amazonian biotope style tank...(I am mad about rams and apistos)...

...I have done something slightly crazy and purchased a 6 foot Red Sea Reefer, and am now a bit scared!

I have been reading a lot about LEDs in planted tanks and have been going round and around in circles with this.

The planting I am hoping for is a little ground cover (?Bellem Hair grass and/or Micranthemum Monte Carlo), mosses on the wood, etc. I expect I will need at least some sections with soil, and CO2.

I really like the idea of having a lighting system where I can tweak the wavelengths/spectrum delivered. The LFS recommends 3 of the AI Hydra 26 they stock, which is a lot of $$ and I am wondering if it is over kill. I have checked out MML but they don't seem to have anything appropriate for a 6 foot tank?

I would really appreciate advice from the experts on this forum.

Thanks in advance.