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Old 07-27-2015, 02:17 PM   #1
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Question Lights for Plants

I have just recieved a used 55 gallon aquarium and the setup came with a 40 watt fluorescent light. I was wondering if this is good lighting for plants. Is this a generally low watt for growing plants or is it a very high watt?

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Old 07-27-2015, 06:03 PM   #4
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Watts don't exactly matter these days. Is it a T8 or a T5 bulb?


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Can you elaborate? What is a T5 and a T8 tube? I have many lighting questions too. What does this refer to? Can these go in a regular hood, or do they need one of those special hoods that stands above the tank? And what are those hoods called? For plants do you always need C02? Also do you also need special substrate?
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They refer to the diameter of the fluorescent tube. T8 are fatter around than T5. It is likely a hood that came with an aquarium is T8, but without more information there is no way to tell.

You can use sand or planting medium substrate like "Eco-complete" (one of many brands). Gravel is not generally recommended.

No, you do not always need CO2 for plants. Many of us do use a liquid that provides CO2 that you will see referred to as Excel, CO2 Booster, or glut. Some use nothing to provide extra CO2.

Most of us use some kind of fertilizer for our plants. This includes liquid that goes in the water and root tabs that go in the substrate.
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P.S. If your hood is T8, it is possible to successfully grow some low light plants. I started out with a T8 hood that came with my aquarium and upgraded my lighting a few months later. If you do have a T8 hood you can buy bulbs for aquarium plants for it at just about any pet store with a fish section. It will most likely still be for low light plants, especially if it only has room for one fluorescent tube.
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I have some low light plants now and they are doing very well I was just wondering if I could get some plants that need high light


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I have some low light plants now and they are doing very well I was just wondering if I could get some plants that need high light


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It all depends on your lighting and fertilization. One plant can grow and thrive under a light while another can die off.


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On some plants there are contrary recommendations depending on the source of the information. High, med, and low are usually ranges. What does well in one tank may not do well in another regardless of exact lighting levels. The spectrum of the light is important, not just the level.

If there is a plant I want to try, I try it.

If I put a high light difficult to grow plant in my medium light low tech tank and it withers away, it's not a surprise. But sometimes there are happy surprises and the plant does well.

I'd suggest starting off with plants that are considered lower light and easy to grow in general. Still, there is nothing wrong with trying a plant to see if it works in your tank. When I get a new plant, I always think of it as "trying" it.
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