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Old 05-09-2015, 07:34 PM   #1
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Lighting for plants

I went to my local Walmart and got a grow light from the light bulb section. It is florecent. Says it only uses 17watts. I was wondering if that would help my aquarium plants grow better? It's made for indoor gardens so why wouldn't it? Will it harm my fish?Click image for larger version

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Old 05-09-2015, 07:36 PM   #2
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The intensity is quite a bit more important for aquarium plants than having the perfect spectrum. Offhandedly, I would say it's doubtful that light fixture would help with plant growth.

What plants do you have and what size tank is it?
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Old 05-09-2015, 07:39 PM   #3
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I have naja grass, moss ball, dwarf sagittaria, and an unknown plant. It's a 55 gal


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Old 05-09-2015, 07:42 PM   #5
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Old 05-09-2015, 11:27 PM   #6
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I'd say don't because aquatic plants and house plants are very different


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Old 05-10-2015, 04:50 AM   #7
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Yea I'm taking the light back tomorrow


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Old 05-10-2015, 09:57 AM   #8
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I was told to get a shop light well I did should that work?


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Old 05-10-2015, 10:36 AM   #9
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I got cool temp lights 5000k


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Old 05-10-2015, 10:49 AM   #10
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Shop lights will work


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Old 05-10-2015, 11:03 AM   #11
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I got one and put bulbs for closets in it lol cool tell bulbs 5000k and its almost to much light lol!


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How many gallons is it?


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Old 05-10-2015, 11:36 AM   #14
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It's a 55


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I got it for $60. Came with 2 filters, 2 bubblers, rocks, under gravel filter, net, and 4 giant goldfish that went into a yard pond lol heck of a steal!


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Wow, that is a steal! Good luck with your goldfish!


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I put them in a yard pond so I can fill the tank with something cooler haha


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There's another lady in my town selling her 55 for $50 with lid, light, and filter


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There's another lady in my town selling her 55 for $50 with lid, light, and filter


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Where??????


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5000k bulb is pretty good. Personally i would look for a 7800k or 10000k bulb. That will really get those plants growing.

I think a planted tank with black sand/Eco complete

Low light plants
Vallisneria
Hornwort
Anubias
Java Fern
Java moss
Wisteria
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With a big piece of driftwood would look fantastic!


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