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Old 11-17-2015, 11:08 PM   #1
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Can you grow live plants under fluorescent lights?

I have a 20 gallon tall tank and I want a few some small plants and there....But I only have a fluorescent light. It is a "All Glass Aquarium 30'' Fluorescent Light 17watts." Is that good enough for a small beginner plant? If it is what kind of plant can I get? I have a black and white cichlid sand.
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I think the rule of thumb is 2w per gallon (someone correct me if I'm wrong)

Anubias are good low light plants.

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Old 11-18-2015, 04:46 AM   #3
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I think the rule of thumb is 2w per gallon (someone correct me if I'm wrong)

Anubias are good low light plants.

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The watts per gallon figure is no longer used nowadays.

For a flourescent light like yours low light plants will work well.

These include:
Bolbitis
Cryptocorynes (Crypts)
Java fern
Java moss
Anubias

Theres plenty of other b plants that could work, but these are the classic low light plants.
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The watts per gallon figure is no longer used nowadays.

For a flourescent light like yours low light plants will work well.

These include:
Bolbitis
Cryptocorynes (Crypts)
Java fern
Java moss
Anubias

Theres plenty of other b plants that could work, but these are the classic low light plants.

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I've had good luck with jungle vals and bacopa in low light as well.
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I've had good luck with jungle vals and bacopa in low light as well.
+1 on the jungle vals!
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I grow Christmas moss, java fern, anubias, and crypts under my florescent lights. Lots of duckweed too!

You might find this article helpful: Fluorescent lighting | The Skeptical Aquarist
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