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Old 09-14-2018, 05:38 PM   #1
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Iím new to the fish world. Just got my first 10 gallon set up. Iím really enjoying the biodiversity. Iíve got fish, ghost shrimp, one golden muster snail, and some pond snails that snuck in somehow.
Iím looking to plant more live plants but Iím looking for a good under-hood light. Any recommendations are appreciated. I need under-hood because Iíve got a 2 year old who would love to see what he could get into the tank of the hood was off. I have a Java fern that is starving for light so I have to make a decision quick.
Iím also interested in increasing the biodiversity with a crab, frog, and/or clam-type animal.
Iíve got commercial colored gravel.
Thatís all. Any suggestions are appreciated
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Old 09-15-2018, 12:37 AM   #2
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If you already got some LED's on your stock tank lid that should be enough for the java fern. If not just mount a cheap LED light strip under the lid. I've grown java fern this way. Make sure you add a liquid fertilizer like Thrive once a week.
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Old 09-15-2018, 12:45 AM   #3
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Thanks king fisher. Itís got two led strips. 1.5 watts is marked on one, so Iím assuming thatís only 3 watts total. From what I read, I need 10 watts minimum in a 10 gallon for even low light plants. Donít know if itís true, but the grass I have on the bottom right of the picture (I forgot what kind it is) is pretty much dead. Iím assuming lack of light.
I put in some root tabs. What is in the liquid fertilizer that isnít being created by fish waste?
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Old 09-15-2018, 03:52 AM   #4
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I'm not an expert by no means on lights. Just my personal experience with low light plants and LED's. A member here named ZxC is very knowledgeable and could weigh in on more detail about LED lighting and low light plants. I know alot of grass/carpet plants need a high light. Thrive has micro and macro nutrients and also contains iron and phosphate. The plants can actually absorb them from the water column.
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