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Old 10-18-2011, 11:56 PM   #1
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Any plants ideas

I have a 55 gal. Tank with only 30 watts on total, but they are supposedly play lights so I don't know if that makes a difference or not.
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Old 10-20-2011, 01:58 AM   #2
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It would make a difference, the color spectrum is different in those bulbs. I'm assuming you have 2 T8 hoods, 18in bulbs?

You could do some very low light plants! Java moss, java fern and Anubias are easy plants to maintain!
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Well I have some java ferns for like 6 months and tht haver done much, just shot some roots and a brown leaf is dying but I think I'll keep it bc maybe nťw one will form on it. Also hornwort worked. Anacharis didn't work, it just got eaten by fish
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What fish do you have?
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Hornwort would probably be about the only option. Even java ferns won't do much under only 30W of light in a 55. You could probably keep java moss and anubias alive, but it won't grow much.
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Tons of Africans. Will Anubias grow faster than java fern?
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No. java fern grows much faster than any species of anubias I have had.
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Yea my java is growing very slowly. Is is shooting roots and small tiny leaves coming from the base of the roots. I think that's a good sign right? Also my hornwort is growing again. It's like on/off cycles. So what is goin on with my fern?
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Sounds like the fern is reproducing. Those small plantlets will eventually separate and grow new plants. You can pluck them off and replant them when they mature a bit.
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Are you using any ferts or co2?
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Nope. It sounds too complicated. So when will the new plants on the leaf be ready?
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Let them develop leaves and then you can pluck them off.

I wouldn't worry much about fert supplementation or co2 injection with that lighting. Down the road a good trace mix might be beneficial but that would be about it.
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Okay. How much time should that take?
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Each tank is a little different. Probably at least a couple weeks with your current lighting.
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Ok. Thanks so much.
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